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How to Cut Down On Excessive Packaging

We live in a consumer world. Companies need to maintain themselves at the top and with stiff competition, branding is becoming key in the realisation of the prospective figures in their accounts of trade.

Packaging, a core method of product design, grabs the attention of the customers and creates a permanent imprint of an unforgettable experience in their minds. It defines the consumers’ perceptions of the value of the product even before the purchase. Narrowing down to the functionality aspect of it, packaging protects the product’s aroma, taste and hygiene.

Effects of excess packaging

Though packaging has become a lifeblood part of us, many problems result from it. According to research, a third of global landfill spaces are sachets, packets and boxes used to package various commodities. Different types of packages that we toss through the windows gradually undermine the productivity of basic natural resources such as land, water and air.

There is a need to cut down on excessive packaging for the products that are offered for sale in different outlets. The burden is not with the manufacturing and processing companies themselves. It lies with everyday folks.

1) Go for Recycling

With contemporary technological advances, almost every form of materials that are used for packaging can be recycled. These materials include tins, glass, cardboard, plastic bottles and bags, aluminium, steel, and more. All you need is to carefully place the used packages in a bin for collection.

The packages can be in the form of cereal boxes, tea bags, shampoo and bleach bottles, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, shopping bags, steel, and aluminium food tins. Sometimes you may be required to rinse some of these used packages before tossing them in the bin. It is also worth noting that some recycling companies will charge you a varying amount of money for this job.

2) Go for reusable packages

Reuse is the second most viable strategy for cutting down excess packaging. It reduces waste disposal while at the same time cutting down the frequent costs of buying such packages. The lists of packages that can be reused include plastic bottles, takeout and other plastic containers, cartons, glass jars and aluminium cans.

Apart from cutting down excess packaging, reuse also helps in meeting the municipal waste diversion goals while at the same time reducing waste emission to the natural environment. Most of the reusable products are recyclable. Therefore, upon reaching their end life, you can forward these reused packages for recycling.

3) Request for items to be packaged together

Most products are shipped online packaged in cartons and bags. However, some people basically order multiple items within a short period of time. The result is excess packages that finally end up in the landfill.

To cut down the excess packages, you can request the items to be sent together as one parcel. In fact, some businesses will give you a discount upon making that request. However, this option can only work where the items to be purchased are packaged in the same warehouse. With this option, you will also need to buy items in bulk rather than in singles.

4) Secure a shredder

There are different types of shredders in the market designed to shred packaging items such as cartons and papers. An ideal shredder is able to generate a large number of shredded materials that can be used for various purposes such as lighting cookers. Shredded materials are also eco-friendly since they return to Earth in a short period as compared to whole packages.

5) Go for products with minimal packages

Organic products such as fruits usually come with ‘natural’ packages. Therefore, you may not necessarily need to ‘repackage’ them more so when they are to be consumed at the point of purchase. However, you may need to carry some home for future use. It is prudent to minimise the number of packages used by keeping them in one basket.

Some companies also use minimal packages. That is, they will not use a large box for small items such as a simple electronic gadget like a phone. You can instruct them on the kind of package that is appropriate for you.

Cutting down excess packages is key in maintaining a spotless residential place. By reducing the number of packages used on a daily basis, you will be lending the environment a helping hand. If you are looking for a rubbish removal service in Sydney then Paul’s Rubbish Removal can offer assistance.

Reach out to our team on 0407 125 125 for a free quote for all your rubbish disposal needs.

Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann is a Digital Content Writer for Paul's Rubbish Removal. Sarah is a huge advocate for recycling, environmental sustainability, health and well-being and has a genuine love for all sea animals. Keep up with Sarah by following Paul's Rubbish Removal blog!

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