Top Eco-Friendly Packaging Trends for 2022

April 13,2022

Whether we are always aware of it or not, product packaging plays an important role in our consumption decisions.

 

Logos, colors, locations, and a host of other characteristics all influence our choices.

 

But what about their impact on the environment?

 

This also starts to guide our consumer preferences.

 

Excessive packaging and the use of inorganic materials are critically cited by many consumers as key contributors to our global waste problem.

 

Here are seven top eco-friendly packaging concepts for 2022:

 

Upgrading Reusable Packaging

 
Top Eco-Friendly Packaging Trends for 2022

 

You heard it over and over in the 1980s and 1990s: recycle, reduce, reuse—and start the cycle.

 

This jingle may still be ringing in your head whenever someone mentions the 3Rs of conscious waste management.

 

It's fair to say that over the years, consumers and manufacturers alike have made incredible progress in recycling, moving to packages that can be collected and reshaped into new packaging.

 

Think kraft packaging, molded pulp, foam, and recycled plastic.

 

An increasing number of consumers are also making a conscious choice to buy in bulk and use reusable packaging and utensils wherever possible, which helps reduce the amount of waste generated.

 

Some companies have made a serious commitment to 3Rs by introducing reusable packaging schemes.

 

These trailblazers are using a reuse and refill business model where customers can return their original packaging for a refill at a discounted price.

 

The Rise of Bioplastics

 

Bioplastics sound futuristic, but they are already the future of retail packaging.

 

Bioplastics are plastics materials made from newer biomass sources, such as cornstarch, sawdust, recycled food waste, and vegetable fats and oils.

 

Bioplastics do feel like plastic, but they are repurposed to reduce biological waste.

 

This innovation may be more expensive for businesses now, but it is great for the planet.

 

In the End

 

As the 2022 packaging trends show, companies are poised to push boundaries, using materials and processes that could one day change the way all of our goods and products are sold and purchased.

 

At a time when society is trying to reduce waste, conscious consumers discourage overpackaging or the use of unsustainable packaging materials.

 

Changing our packaging habits is a step in the right direction towards being kinder to our already stressed nature.

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