Sustainable Packaging Resource Center

Articles and Research to Support Your Eco-Friendly Packaging Journey

Recycled content, recyclable, compostable, renewable, reusable... are you drowning in sustainability buzzwords? We've created a comprehensive guide covering: (1) guidance for sustainable packaging, (2) how you can develop your own sustainability and eco-friendly packaging framework, and (3) examples of sustainable packaging guidelines from 4 large brands.

YOU care about making eco-friendly business decisions. But, did you know your customers do as well? Many ecommerce businesses overlook the impact their packaging has on the customer experience and likelihood of purchasing again. The truth is it affects customers' perception of your brand, reorders, and whether they recommend you to others!

Our product pages include information on its eco attributes. But we know many of our customers want more information like what our adhesives are made of or how to dispose of release liners. Our Bill of Materials is a comprehensive document detailing the materials in every product and how to properly recycle or compost once its reached the end of its life.

Eco-friendly can mean different things based on a company’s priorities. Unfortunately, the term is sometimes used loosely. Here, we describe our own sustainability framework and standards which guide the development of the EcoEnclose product line. For each element of our framework, we include our rationale and supporting research.

Research has shown that the act of recycling alleviates much of the guilt that eco-minded citizens often feel when making purchases. Here we explain why using and buying as much recycled content as humanly possible should be an essential component to the sustainability strategy of most businesses, especially those that prioritize recyclability.

Pricing is a hot topic; one we get asked about frequently. A common inquiry is how the sustainability of our packaging solutions impacts our pricing, paired with a desire to better understand how it compares to other brands. We’ve created this comprehensive pricing guide to provide a clear insight into our pricing structure and what factors play into pricing models.

If you are looking for the most eco-friendly mailer possible, you might be struggling to decide between recycled, recyclable, biodegradable or compostable. This chart compares the different options available and why paper-based mailers and recycled poly mailers are at the top of our list.

While we don’t give you a perfect, definitive answer of which is better, we hope this helps you make the right decision based on your company’s unique sustainability goals. Spoiler alert: compostable bioplastic seems to have the most merit when used for food packaging (because it encourages the composting of food waste). In other use cases, recycled / recyclable content is often preferred.

Should I recycle this package or compost it? Should I look for recyclable packaging or compostable packaging? While there is a lot of excitement about compostability, and there are great reason to embrace this trend, compostable packaging (and composting goods in your waste stream) only works well in some situations. This guide walks you through what you need to know.

There is an emerging movement around rejecting single use plastic. In fact, one of the most common questions we get is "Should I go plastic-free in my packaging?" and “What should my packaging strategy be if I want to go plastic-free?” We've developed a Plastic-Free Packaging Resource Center, separate from this Sustainable Packaging Center, because this is actually a difficult question, and the process of moving to Plastic Free can be complex and intensive.

Most people don't think that much about ink. It's a very small percentage of your package's carbon footprint and thankfully many in the print world have moved to water and soy-based options. But Algae Ink is a major breakthrough. It's the world's first carbon negative ink (i.e. more carbon is absorbed in its production than is used)!