Packaging can be the first interaction a consumer has with a company, and with only a small space to sell a brand as well as the product inside, it is vital to get it looking right.
Creating a well-designed product that serves its purpose and stands out on the shelf can be stressful enough, however, companies should now be aware that consumers are also concerned with what their packaging is made out of.
The effects of waste packaging materials on the environment have been widely reported, leading to a more cautious approach to shopping with many consumers wanting to decrease their plastic consumption in a bid to be more sustainable.
The problem with plastic
Each year around 300 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide. Of this, 50% is single-use plastic which is effectively useless after it’s served its purpose. While some plastic can be recycled, much of it has to go to landfill or ends up being disposed of incorrectly, damaging the environment.
To counteract this, there has been an increase in reusable plastics. However, it is almost impossible to go shopping without purchasing a product that is packaged in plastic. In fact, 40% of the plastic produced worldwide is made into some form of packaging.
Waste plastic that is not disposed of safely can cause a number of environmental issues including injury and even death in fish and animals. It can also cause contamination of food and water as microplastics work their way up through the food chain.
Therefore, with an estimated 8 million tons of plastic still finding its way into the oceans each year, it is vitally important that more businesses begin to implement more sustainable forms of packaging.
As the dangers of unsustainable plastic use continue to be discussed, many companies around the world are choosing to move towards more environmentally friendly packaging choices, including reusable or recyclable packaging and also compostable packaging.
It is important not to confuse the terms biodegradable and compostable when deciding on sustainable packaging. Biodegradable means the packaging can be broken down by bacteria or other living organisms, but that does not mean it is safe for the environment. Compostable, on the other hand, means the packaging is made from organic matter and can break down to form a nutrient-rich compost.
At Tyler Packaging, we make a range of 100% compostable, plastic-free pouches which reduce packaging by 95% when compared to rigid containers. These pouches can be designed to suit any company’s needs while providing suitable protection for the products inside, helping companies choose the best packaging for them.
Tyler Packaging’s plastic-free products
Made from FSC certified kraft paper, heat-sealable film made from vegetal starch and barrier film derived from responsibly sourced cellulose, our pouches can hold up to 2kg per pouch and provide a good barrier from oxygen and water vapour, ensuring products stay fresh and secure.
Our packaging complies with the requirements of both the TUV/Vinçotte Industrial and Home compostable certifications and the EU harmonised standard EN 13432:2000. However, compliance with these certifications can be altered depending on design and ink coverage.
Each pouch can be made in either natural (brown) or white kraft paper and printed with up to ten colours to suit any company design. In addition, they can be created with a range of handles providing choice when merchandising the products.
At Tyler Packaging we already provide packaging for companies across multiple industries including Beauty, Bedding, Adhesives, Detergents, Food Ingredients, Garden, Grain/Seed, Wellbeing and Pet Foods.
If you would like some more information or to arrange a call, please message me on LinkedIn, or to find out more about how we can help your company go greener with your packaging visit tylerpackaging.co.uk.