Sustainable Packaging Switches Explained

25 March 2024

Sustainable Packaging Switches Explained

In an increasingly interconnected trading environment, high-performance packaging has become essential. To meet this need without negatively impacting the environment, businesses are increasingly recognising the importance of transitioning to more sustainable packaging options. From reducing environmental impact to meeting consumer demands for eco-friendly products, the benefits of sustainable packaging are clear. Here's a step-by-step guide on how businesses can make the switch to biodegradable, recyclable, and reusable packaging options:

Assess Current Packaging Practices

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The first step in transitioning to sustainable packaging is to assess your current packaging practices. Identify areas where improvements can be made, such as excessive use of plastic, non-recyclable materials, or single-use packaging. Need expertise in identifying wasteful packing practices and wasteful processes? Contact us to learn how Allpack can conduct a comprehensive packaging review for your business.

Set Clear Sustainability Goals

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Once you've identified areas for improvement, set clear sustainability goals for your packaging. Whether it's reducing plastic usage, increasing the use of recyclable materials, or implementing reusable packaging solutions, having specific targets will help guide your transition process.

Research Sustainable Packaging Options

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Next, research sustainable packaging options that align with your goals and values. Look for packaging materials that are biodegradable, recyclable, or reusable, and consider how they can be integrated into your existing packaging processes.

Pilot Test Sustainable Packaging Solutions

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Before fully committing to a new packaging solution, pilot test different options to evaluate their effectiveness. Consider factors such as product protection, shipping efficiency, and customer satisfaction to determine which sustainable packaging options work best for your business.

Train Employees on Sustainable Practices

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Transitioning to sustainable packaging requires buy-in from all employees involved in the packaging process. Provide training and education on sustainable practices, including proper recycling procedures and the use of alternative packaging materials.

Communicate with Suppliers and Customers

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Keep lines of communication open with your suppliers and customers throughout the transition process. Inform suppliers of your sustainability goals and encourage them to provide eco-friendly packaging options. Similarly, communicate with customers about your commitment to sustainable packaging and encourage their support.

Monitor Progress and Adjust as Needed

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Finally, monitor your progress towards sustainability goals and make adjustments as needed. Regularly evaluate the effectiveness of your sustainable packaging practices and look for opportunities for further improvement.


By following these steps, businesses can successfully transition to more sustainable packaging options and contribute to a greener future for the planet.

Key Sustainable Packaging Products for an Easy Switch
Returnable Cartons and Book Wraps

Boomerang™ Rapid Return Box

Boomerang Cartons

To tackle the challenge of excess material use in your processes, innovative products like the Boomerang™ Rapid Return Box are a key solution. This eco-friendly carton not only reduces waste but also promotes circular economy practices. Additionally, it can be customised with branding, ensuring a unique touch for each shipment. With its durable design, easy assembly, and cost-effectiveness, the Boomerang™ carton provides optimal protection for products while demonstrating a commitment to sustainability.



For businesses handling fragile items such as books and magazines, Boxwrap™ offers a blend of cardboard strength and wrap-like convenience. This solution provides consistent protection without the need for extra materials. Its user-friendly design streamlines the packaging process and minimises waste, making it an efficient choice for sustainable packaging practices.

Sealing Solutions a Greener Future

Businesses using tape for sealing their packages can significantly reduce plastic usage by opting for eco-friendly sealing solutions. These alternatives not only secure packages but also contribute to reducing the ecological footprint.


PETra™ Tape

PETra Tape

PETra™ Tape, made from recycled polyester, offers secure package sealing while reducing environmental impact. Its tear resistance makes it suitable for various applications, and its narrow profile results in a significant reduction in plastic usage, leading to substantial environmental savings.

Gummed Paper Tape

Gummed Paper Tapes

Gummed Paper Tape provides a simple yet impactful alternative to traditional plastic tape. Activated by moisture, this tape forms a strong seal that keeps parcels securely closed during transit. Made from renewable resources, it further reinforces the commitment to responsible packaging practices.

Boxbond™ Self-Adhesive Tape

Boxbond Self-Adhesive Paper Tape

Self-adhesive paper tape like Boxbond™ combines the eco-friendliness of paper with the strength of fibreglass threads, providing robust sealing solutions for bulkier packages. Its self-adhesive nature eliminates the need for dispensing units, offering convenience without compromising on security.

Optimal Protection for Shipping

Ensuring product safety during transit is crucial for high-volume shipping businesses. Sustainable packaging options provide protection while reducing material use and packing times.

Hexcel Wrap and M-Boss™ Paper Bubble Wrap

Resize - Brown Hexcel Dispenser & Wrapped.  M-Boss Paper Bubble Wrap

Hexcel Wrap and M-Boss™ Paper Bubble Wrap offer sustainable alternatives to traditional bubble wrap. These options provide reliable protection for delicate items during shipping, reducing waste and promoting greener packaging practices. What’s more, they’re 100% plastic-free, reducing your carbon footprint and making waste management simple. 

Eco-Friendly Void-Fill Solutions

Paper Void Fill

Recyclable paper void-fill solutions offer a sustainable alternative to conventional plastic fillers. These options cushion and protect products during shipping while mitigating environmental impact. Additionally, paper packaging is more recyclable than materials like styrofoam or polystyrene, supporting greener waste management practices.

Balancing Sustainability and Cost-Effectiveness

Finding a balance between sustainability and cost-effectiveness is a common concern for businesses. Sustainable packaging solutions offer both cost savings and eco-friendly performance.



Enviromail™ paper envelopes offer eco-friendly paper-based solutions that prioritise efficiency, protection, cost-effectiveness, and versatility. With its rigid yet lightweight construction, Enviromail™ makes postal packaging quick, simple and sustainable, protecting your goods along the way.



Durawrap™ corrugated cardboard rolls are pliable, lightweight, and provide excellent protection without requiring bulky void fill or plastic-based wrapping. What's more, they're eco-friendly and come in various sizes. Additionally, they now contain 100% recycled content, ensuring compliance with Plastic Tax regulations.

Embracing a Greener Supply Chain with Allpack

As businesses strive to reduce their environmental impact, sustainable packaging options are becoming increasingly important. By incorporating these solutions, businesses can contribute to a greener future while meeting the demands of the ecommerce landscape.


Looking for eco-packaging inspiration? Explore Allpack's range of sustainable solutions, including vegan-friendly options, and discover how you can embrace a greener future with our innovative packaging solutions. Download our Sustainable Packaging Guide to learn more about our commitment to sustainability and process efficiency-driven products.


For a thorough exploration of how Allpack can help enhance your packaging sustainability and reduce your environmental footprint, don't hesitate to get in touch with us today. Getting in contact is easy; simply send us a message, phone 01543 396 700 or email to begin a lasting journey towards adopting more sustainable practices.


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