Packaging is a crucial aspect of the product which not only protects it against external threats but also serves as an influencer to induce customers to make the purchase. However, the packaging industry has recently come under heavy criticism because of its wasteful nature. Almost all packaging, including primary and secondary packaging, is discarded by the user once the product is consumed. Such acts create a massive amount of wastage, which then end up in oceans and landfills. Some of those materials are not recyclable and end up harming the marine life. For instance, numerous breed of small fish choke on tiny plastic microbeads, increasing the mortality rate and disturbing the balance of marine ecology. As a result, companies are focusing on green packaging applications by using biodegradable materials, sustainable packaging, and ecological packaging. Here are some of the notable brands that have skillfully executed green packaging expressing their concerns towards saving the environment.
PUMA’s clever little bag
In association with fuseproject, PUMA created a game-changing packaging system that would significantly reduce their carbon footprint and the use of cardboards for shoe packaging. The packaging replaces traditional shoe boxes with a recyclable cardboard box covered by a reusable bag. The company claims that it has helped them reduce water, energy, and fuel consumption by more than 60% each year. Additionally, it has also reduced the requirement of paper and cardboard materials by about 65%, making it easier to transport. The green packaging also benefits the customer as they can reuse the bag again for shopping or storage purpose.
Edible coffee cups from KFC
‘Scoff-ee Cup,’ an edible coffee cup from KFC, is the first of its kind in the UK. The cup is made from biscuit, wrapped in sugar paper, which is then lined with a layer of heat-resistant white chocolate to ensure the coffee stays hot. The best part of the packaging is that the chocolate lining melts over time, making the biscuits softer. This green packaging innovation just augments the experience of consuming coffee with cookies, a perfect way to kickstart the day. If that was not enough, the company has infused the cups with aromas including coconut sun cream, wildflowers, and freshly cut grass. The outer wrapper is also edible and branded with KFC’s logo, making it look like a regular coffee cup.
Naturally Clicquot 2
In a bid to create eco-friendly green packaging the Veuve Clicquot devised a packaging for its product line of champagnes. After redesigning the previous version of Naturally Clicquot, the company has come up with Naturally Clicquot 2, which consists of two parts that fit into each other with the bottle clamped between them. The packaging also won the 2015th edition of The Dieline Awards. The pack, which is made from ecological and compostable material PaperFoam, can be recycled as paper and also keeps the bottle contained cool for two hours.
Nike Air packaging
The Nike Airmax is seen as a shoe that provides extreme levels of comfort in a relatively light air-like weight. However, Nike has taken the positioning to the level of packaging as well by replacing cardboard boxes with lightweight clear plastic bubble cushioned in an air bubble. Although it uses plastic as the packaging materials, it significantly cuts down on the overall material requirement and paper materials, thereby contributing to sustainability.
360 paper bottle
The 360 paper bottle is a single serve bottle made out of 100% renewable materials, which eliminate the need for a plastic bottle. This green packaging, which is manufactured by Paper Water Bottle, a pulp packaging company, reduces the energy required to produce the water bottle by about 2000 times. The bottle is made from bamboo and features a lid which peels off into two halves. The bottle is designed in such a way that it allows for self-bundling eliminating the need for packing in a six pack thereby reducing the transportation cost as well.
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