Recycle Paper, Glass, and Metal to Create More Efficient Packaging
Recycle is something everyone thinks about nowadays. With new studies showing that plastic bottles could take 400 years to break down, people are more interested in finding ways to recycle. However, recycling has taken a rather strange route in recent times. Rather than recyclables being put in a landfill, companies now recycle paper and packaging. This is unusual but effective, allowing companies to save money while still doing their part to save the environment.
Recycle is any kind of packaging which can be recycled and reused. The problem with this is that before this kind of recycling was introduced, most packaging used was cardboard, paper or glass. Now, fortunately, it has become much easier to recycle paper packaging than it used to be. Many companies now choose to utilize recyclable substances for their paper packaging simply because they prefer to minimize their carbon footprint or simply want to lower their landfill output. Recycling cardboard is now a very common practice. Companies usually wrap their products in acid free and biodegradable wrapping paper to protect them from pests such as termites or cockroaches, and then ship them off to various facilities where they are melted down and reformed into new materials such as corrugated cardboard, corrugated plastic, hardboard, cardboard and more.
In fact, some recycling post-consumer cardboard waste practices actually require packaging companies to put air pillows in their boxes. However, air pillows are not just for recycled materials anymore. They have become popular among companies who use large amounts of wrapping paper or cardboard. They can save on shipping costs by putting the corrugated materials inside an airtight container which makes it difficult for insects and moisture to enter.
If you need a little extra wrapping paper, many packaging companies these days offer options such as corrugated envelopes, tri-fold tapes, or polystyrene pellets. You can also order air pillows if you would like your boxes and bags to have a softer, newer look. Air pillows are made of paper that has been dipped in glue and then pressed flat. It is placed between two sheets of polystyrene foam which is rolled over a frame before being laid flat.
There are still a lot of recyclable packaging options out there, but don’t get overwhelmed by how much waste the packaging industry generates. Just because there are a lot of containers doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find something that you like. If you are looking for corrugated boxes, try searching online first. It might take a little bit of patience, but you will probably be able to find exactly what you are looking for. You can always call a local packaging company to see what kind of options they have available; they should be able to tell you which options are best for environmentally-friendly packaging.
As people continue to shop online more, they will be able to see more eco-friendly options for packaging materials. Recycled paper is becoming quite popular, and cardboard boxes are quickly replacing paper boxes everywhere. The problem with using cardboard for anything is that it cannot be recycled, so once the box is thrown away, it takes another five to ten years for it to be recycled. However, for a lot of things, including cardboard boxes, paper, or polystyrene pellets, there are more efficient ways to handle them.
One option is to purchase large rolls of unused paper at library sales, craft stores, or charity auctions. Staple the papers down to small boxes, then put your own labels on them. This works well if you have a lot of boxes or plastic windows that you want to sell off. You can also search Craigslist to find people who will staple your flyers for you. If you are selling the paper locally, this can also work out great as you can contact people who don’t have a need for your flyers and ask if you can staple their flyers down for them.
Another option is to use recycled materials, but use only certain kinds of paper. For example, use only white paper in a children’s recycling bin. You can also use colorful paper to accent an eco-friendly package, such as a container that holds fish, vegetables, or fruit. If you are going to have your recycle picked up at the local branch of a supermarket chain, ask them which recycling bins they use, as it will make it easier to find the bins to recycle paper, glass, metal, or plastic.