Here at Eden Products, we are passionate about promoting sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives across all industries, whether that be food, pet, construction, or fuel. Whilst some of the sectors we supply to are industrial, many commercial companies use our products too, including retail and crafts. In this blog post, we are going to explore the importance of natural packing materials and the incredible benefits that they boast. Especially as the demand for eco-conscious solutions continues to rise (as well as people’s shopping habits), we believe it is important to explore the advantages of natural packing materials and void fillers, to illustrate the positive impact they have on both the environment and your business.
Types of Natural Packing Materials
Consumers have become more conscious of the environmental impact of packaging materials. This has led to a surge in the popularity of natural alternatives that are biodegradable, renewable, and non-toxic. There are numerous types of natural packing materials available, from biodegradable bubble wrap and packing peanuts to recycled paper and wood wool.
Wood wool has become a popular choice for many companies, as it is sustainably sourced, non-toxic, naturally cushioning, and also has an attractive appearance. It is commonly used as a void filler to protect valuable items during transportation, as well as for visual purposes in hampers and product presentations. Eden wood wool is sourced from well-managed European forests and consists of fine wood threads that are a beautiful brown. Due to its natural and rustic appearance, wood wool looks fantastic as a packing material, for both displays and general product protection. Plus, as a result of its dust-free, anti-bacterial, and air-dried properties, it can be used to contain all sorts of items from foods and wine bottles to soaps and cosmetics!
Shredded Recycled Paper/Cardboard
With a similar look to wood wool, shredded recycled paper or cardboard can also be a great packing material that is on the cheaper and eco-friendlier side. It works the same as wood wool, providing cushioning and support to fragile items. The only downside to paper is that if it becomes wet, it will likely disintegrate and become less effective, which can be avoided with wood wool. Our wood wool is entirely kiln-dried, meaning it has a low moisture content. Due to this, even if wood wool becomes wet during transportation, it will not lose any of its structural integrity, protecting items from start to finish.
Biodegradable Bubble Wrap and Packing Peanuts
Traditional polyethene bubble wrap and Styrofoam peanuts can take over 100 years to decompose, sitting on landfill sites and polluting the planet. However, with the advancement in new technologies, there are now many biodegradable options available too. Interestingly, biodegradable bubble wrap and packing peanuts are made from starches such as wheat and corn starch, which are 100% biodegradable and environmentally friendly. Unfortunately, due to their composition, these biodegradable alternatives will dissolve quickly when exposed to moisture. Although this quality makes them great for the environment, it can be a disadvantage if your package becomes wet. Additionally, the manufacturing process of these materials takes a lot more time and effort, making them a slightly more expensive option.
Benefits of Choosing Natural Solutions
- Versatility and Functionality
One of the greatest advantages of natural packing materials is their versatility. Whether you are shipping delicate items, perishable goods, or heavier products, there are natural and biodegradable alternatives to suit nearly every purpose.
- Sustainable Sourcing
The use of natural packing materials allows businesses to align their operations with sustainable practices. Many natural materials are derived from renewable resources that have a significantly lower carbon footprint when compared to traditional materials.
- Biodegradable and Compostable
One of the standout features of natural packing materials is their ability to biodegrade, leaving behind minimal waste. Unlike traditional plastics that persist in the environment for centuries, natural alternatives break down fairly quickly. By utilising the materials mentioned above, businesses can contribute to a circular economy and reduce their environmental impact.
- Enhanced Brand Image
In today’s eco-conscious world, consumers actively seek out brands that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability. By incorporating natural packing materials into your shipping processes and hamper displays, you can showcase your dedication to environmental responsibility. This not only enhances your brand image but also establishes a connection with customers who prioritise sustainability in their purchasing decisions.
Contrary to popular belief, natural packing materials can be cost-effective for businesses. While they may have a slightly higher upfront cost compared to traditional options, the long-term benefits outweigh the initial investment. By reducing waste, minimising the use of non-renewable resources, and showcasing your commitment to sustainability, you can attract environmentally conscious customers and build long-lasting brand loyalty.
Natural packing materials offer a win-win solution for businesses and the environment. At Eden Products, we are proud to offer a wide range of natural materials including wood wool. If you’re interested in promoting a greener future and incorporating eco-friendly solutions into your packaging, please feel free to contact us on 01606 835757 today and we can discuss your requirements.