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SR Strategies to Make Your Packaging More Sustainable

Updated: May 24, 2019

Increasing consumer pressure, instigated by what is now know as Attenborough effect, and recent pledges from the UK government to eliminate plastic waste by 2042 have forced brands and retailers to rethink the sustainability of their product’s packaging .

Here is some ideas of how to make your packaging more sustainable:

1. Use less packaging

With less components in your packaging suite, for example use less insert or less void foil, by doing that you're using less resources, less space in transit, and putting less burden on the customer for disposal.

2. Share disposal and recycling best practices

When sharing disposal practices, identifying your materials is always the top priority.

We put material information on our packaging and benefit all recycler to collect and recycle.

Use an unnumbered symbol for paper and numbered symbols for plastic — the numbers indicate different plastic resins, and each of those has different recycling availability.

SR Mailing we go extra miles on this, we are adding more information to the symbol educate customer recycle it and give this packaging a brand new lift.

3. Ship in a smaller package

Shrinking your packaging size shrinks shipping costs, material costs, resources, and emissions en route to your shipping warehouse and your customer. Check our PIP boxes fit perfectly with royal mail large letter dimension

4. Avoid mixed materials

When paper and plastic, or even two types of plastic, are fused together, they are no longer recyclable because the layers can't be separated in sorting. Stick to packaging pieces that are made entirely of paper or the one type of plastic.

That’s why we on the way to develop a new product called bubble mailing bags, both inside and outside are formed with LDPE material, makes it super easy for waste collector to recycle.

5. Use less virgin material

The longer you can keep materials in use, the better. The more recycled material you use, whether it's plastic or paper, the less new resources you're using from the planet. SR mailing reintroduced 100% recycled grey mailing bags, reminder only 3% of UK plastic items produced from post-consumed plastic; our mailing bags contribute this 3%, this make us super proud.

6. Use materials that are easy to recycle curbside

The availability of curbside recycling varies from city to city, so it's not easy to know what your customers can recycle locally. With China no longer accepting most of our recyclables, it's more pressing than ever that we avoid wishful recycling and follow the restrictions of each city.

Paper is the safest bet — nearly any city and town that offers curbside recycling, accepts paper. Plastic is where curbside availability gets complicated. Generally, the more rigid a plastic (milk jugs, soda bottles) the more widely accepted it is curbside. On the other hand, thinner plastics (single-use plastic grocery bags, poly mailers) have less curbside availability. That's because thinner films get caught in processing machines, causing a backup and ultimately a shut down while the machines are cleared out. Luckily, many cities offer drop offs for thin plastics at convenient locations like ASDA or Tesco and recycle plastic film facility will be resolved within 5 years.

7. Plan ahead to avoid air freight

Air freight shipments emit up to 47 times more emissions that ocean freight. To avoid air freight, SR Mailing shopping majority of bespoke order by sea. Normal lead time is 45 day in month of May and June, we do recommend all retailer’s plan ahead and send us finial design as soon as possible then leave the rest of headache including manufacture/shipping and custom to us.

8. Use local manufacturing partners

To reduce the carbon footprint, we prefer our packaging manufacturer is close us as possible, the shorter the distance the less CO2 we produced. SR mailing partner with Manchester cardboard boxes factories produce all corrugated boxes locally and FSC approved.

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