When designing a "Green" package, one must assess not only the material type and material content, but the mode of transport and the ease of recyclability. At UFP Technologies, we work with companies of all sizes in the search to develop and implement sustainable packaging solutions. Listed below are some common guidelines to use when evaluating a packaging design for its environmental impact.
- Design to reduce packaging material use while still protecting products.
Independent studies have shown that molded pulp reduces G forces significantly and dampens vibration more effectively than many packaging alternatives, yet takes up less space.
- Eliminate the use of restricted materials ozone-depleting substances (ODS) in packaging materials.
Since molded pulp is made from recycled paper, it does not contain substances that are harmful to the environment.
- Design packaging components with the consumer in mind.
Molded pulp is easy to disassemble and does not shred like many foam packaging alternatives.
- Maximize the use of post-consumer recycled content in packaging materials.
Molded pulp is made entirely from recycled paper mixed with water.
- Use readily recyclable packaging materials when possible.
While many forms of plastic packaging can be recycled, molded pulp is easily recycled with newspapers in nearly every community recycling program.
- Reduce packaging size and weight to improve transportation fuel efficiency.
Molded fiber packaging's nesting properties allow many more parts to ship in a container than most competitive materials. Our designers also attempt to create solutions that provide the smallest footprint possible for your package while still engineering excellent protective capabilities.