EnviroPAK Checks All The Boxes
Getting your product in the end user’s hands safely is a given. But today’s customers don’t just want their package arriving protected; they want it packed in the most environmentally conscious manner possible. Manufacturers want to find the lowest cost method to store parts, ship goods, and reduce waste disposal costs. The purchasing and supply-chain team wants to source readily available products with prices that are predictable. Marketing executives and designers want to ensure that the consumer’s experience with the package complements the attributes of the brand.
Molded pulp checks all the boxes.
Cushions and Protects
Molded pulp packaging has been around for over 100 years for a reason. It works. Whether you’re protecting a dozen eggs, a container of fragile parts, or a pallet of finished products going to a retailer – if it doesn’t arrive undamaged, it hurts your reputation and your bottom line. Molded pulp has excellent vibration and cushioning properties, it’s unaffected by extreme temperatures or humidity, and it’s custom molded to cradle your product perfectly. No assembly required.
Customer Demand Is the Driving Force
The biggest driver toward sustainability isn’t supply chain managers, the government, or even climate change activists. It’s consumers. Consumers are rapidly becoming aware that US households put the biggest drain on our planet’s resources and that simple changes have the potential to have the most significant impact on the environment. From the rapid adoption of energy-efficient lighting to the booming demand for hybrid cars, manufacturers are modifying their offerings to meet consumer demand. Zero waste and sustainability initiatives are growth drivers in virtually every industry. The rapid shift to provide packaging that is reusable, recyclable, or compostable isn’t a trend; it’s the future. Currently, 85% of millennials say it is extremely or very important that companies implement programs to improve the environment, and millennials, Gen Z, Gen X, and baby boomers are closing that gap. These same consumers continue to choose to do business with companies with clear initiatives to improve the environment.*
* Source: The Conference Board® Global Consumer Confidence Survey conducted in collaboration with Nielsen, Q2, 2017
Reduces and Stabilizes Costs
Whether for shipping or storing, molded pulp packaging nests perfectly and doesn’t require assembly, everything is made to order. In addition to being lightweight, the price of molded pulp is extremely stable. The material is made from a low-priced, readily available commodity, 100% recycled paper. Prototyping and production tooling is a simple, expedient process, costs are low, and the tools literally last a lifetime.
100% Recycled, Sustainable Material
Made from 100% recycled paper, packaging created from molded pulp remains the most environmentally sustainable packing and shipping material. In addition to reusing viable natural (and renewable) resources, molded pulp is fully recyclable, compostable, and completely biodegradable.
Molded pulp packaging is European Green Dot Compliant, conforms to ISO-14000 Standards, and meets all four of the criteria of the Sustainable Packaging Alliance:
- Effective – it provides both social and economic benefit
- Efficient – it’s created with the most economical use of materials, energy, and water
- Cyclic – it is recoverable through both industrial and natural systems
- Safe – it is both non-polluting and non-toxic
Don’t Sacrifice Form for Function
Just because molded pulp delivers the protection you need, is cost-effective, and environmentally sustainable doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice design. In fact, one of the most often overlooked benefits of molded pulp is that it can be engineered to exceed even the most demanding package designer’s requirements. Virtually every aspect of the finished product can be tailored to meet your requirements: size tolerances, vibration and impact specifications, weight, thickness, plus there are material finishing methods to achieve any desired aesthetic result including white and colors.
For more information on why molded pulp could be the right solution for your next project, please fill out the form or contact us at 314.739.1202.