Sustainable Packaging Resource Center

Articles and Research to Support Your Eco-Friendly Packaging Journey

EcoEnclose believes in a future which leading ecommerce brands are a sustainable and regenerative force for the planet and humanity. In support of this vision, EcoEnclose focus largely on building a more circular economy and regenerative materials production. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

You made the switch from virgin packaging to 100% recycled! Congratulations - we are thrilled to be working with you. Check out our Eco Savings Calculator to learn how your sustainable packaging commitment helps the planet. Learn more.  

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. Learn more.

You’ve invested in more eco-friendly packaging and have likely made thoughtful decisions across your product development, manufacturing and supply chain. Make sure your customers know! Sharing this information is not just important for your sales and conversion efforts, it can also help our collective mission to make ecommerce a force for positive change for the planet. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

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! Learn more.

Ocean plastic pollution is one of the great environmental issues of our time. That there is predicted to be more plastic than fish in the ocean in 2050 is a huge and tragic consequence of our culture of linear, single use consumption. This article details the issue further, and provides concrete strategies and packaging recommendations for individuals and companies committed to addressing this concern. Learn more.

We are often asked how to make sense of the different environmental threats our world faces - ocean pollution, climate change, ocean acidification, landfill space, and more. The 9 Planetary Boundaries have been invaluable in framing these challenges. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

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)! Learn more.

EcoEnclose’s complete guide to curbside recycling your packaging- find out which of our packaging is curbside recyclable, why curbside recyclable packaging is important, and how to properly recycle it. One of the biggest keys to increasing recycling is making it easier for the consumer- curbside recyclable packaging is about as easy as it can be! Learn more.

If you're wondering "How to responsibly recycle, or even reuse, my EcoEnclose packaging?" look no further. Find the package you received below for guidance. Learn more.