Sustainability has become a prominent focus in recent times, a topic we've discussed extensively in our published articles. Recognizing the importance of eco-friendly initiatives, businesses are now closely examining their practices. Despite some progress, particularly in addressing issues like plastic pollution, it's evident that the industry, as a whole, is not moving as swiftly on the path to sustainability as it ideally should be.
But here is a fresh take on packaging assessments that could impact your bottom line and your sustainability goals.
While primary packaging has traditionally been the focal point of these assessments, the impact of secondary and tertiary packaging often goes unnoticed. Let’s explore the impact of these assessments and why companies should shift their gaze towards secondary and tertiary packaging, the commonly overlooked components in potential cost savings and sustainability strategies.
The Unseen Culprits: Secondary and Tertiary Packaging
When it comes to sustainability assessments, primary packaging tends to hog the spotlight. This includes the packaging directly in contact with the product – think the box encasing your new gadget or the bottle housing your favorite shampoo. However, the journey of a product from manufacturing to the end consumer involves multiple layers of packaging beyond the primary layer.
Enter secondary packaging, which includes materials like stretch film, tape, and labels. This layer of packaging not only plays a crucial role in protecting products during transportation and storage but also offers a substantial opportunity for companies to enhance their sustainability efforts. Tertiary packaging, which refers to the outermost layer of packaging used for bulk transportation, is another key player that often flies under the radar.
The Sustainable Edge with Group O's PCR Packaging Solutions
Amid the realm of secondary and tertiary packaging, Group O stands out with its innovative PCR (Post Consumer Recycled Content) offerings.
These solutions present a unique opportunity for businesses to align sustainability goals with practical, eco-conscious packaging choices.
Machine Grade Stretch Film, boasting 30% PCR, provides a robust and environmentally friendly packaging solution.
Cushioning & Void Fill options, with 25% PCR content, strike a balance between protection and sustainability.
Hand Stretch Film takes it a step further with a range of 30-40% PCR, delivering flexibility and strength with a lower environmental impact.
Poly Bags & Film, with 25-50% PCR, and Shrink Film, featuring 5-30% PCR, showcase Group O's commitment to providing diverse and sustainable packaging options.
Even Tapes join the eco-conscious lineup with 30% PCR Acrylic Tape.
The Hidden Potential for Change:
Why should companies pay attention to secondary and tertiary packaging in their sustainability goals?
The answer lies in the ease of change and the potential for a significant impact. Unlike primary packaging, which might require extensive redesign and testing, alterations to secondary and tertiary packaging are often simpler and more immediate.
For many companies, secondary packaging is a prime target for sustainability goals. By incorporating eco-friendly materials and optimizing the design, businesses can reduce waste, lower carbon footprints, and contribute to a circular economy. The same principle applies to tertiary packaging, where strategic choices in materials and design can lead to substantial gains in sustainability.
Measurable Data: A Game-Changer in Sustainability Goals
To truly understand the impact of secondary and tertiary packaging on sustainability, companies need measurable data. Group O SMART Audit® provides a solution through a physical assessment and innovative software that enables precise tracking and comparison of different packaging materials and designs. This data-driven approach empowers businesses to make informed decisions that align with both their financial objectives and sustainability goals.
Product Comparisons: The Bottom Line Boost
The ability to compare the environmental impact of different packaging options is a powerful tool for businesses striving to meet sustainability targets. Group O's software allows companies to assess the life cycle of various packaging materials, providing valuable insights into resource usage, energy consumption, and emissions. Armed with this data, organizations can choose packaging solutions that not only benefit the planet but also positively impact their bottom line.
An example of this is our stretch film audit. The stretch film audit at Group O is a comprehensive assessment and product comparison that is aimed at optimizing the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of load containment for shipping purposes.
Through a meticulous testing process, various critical factors are evaluated to determine the optimal conditions for load stability and containment, aligning with ASTM standards. The audit involves testing revolutions, force to load, machine runnability and pallet pre-stretch to ensure that the stretch film is applied in a manner that maximizes load integrity while minimizing costs.
Additionally, the assessment verifies the cling properties and film weight, ensuring that the stretch film not only adheres effectively to the load but also adheres to the most economical use of materials. This thorough audit at Group O is pivotal in achieving the delicate balance between effective load containment and cost efficiency in the shipping process.
Make an Impact On Your Bottom Line & Sustainability Goals
As companies worldwide commit to greener practices, it's essential to broaden the scope of sustainability assessments. Secondary and tertiary packaging, often overlooked in favor of primary packaging, can have a substantial impact on a company's environmental footprint.
Group O's packaging team and their innovative software equips businesses with the tools they need to measure, compare, and optimize their packaging choices, making strides toward a more sustainable future.
By focusing on the often-neglected layers of packaging, companies can unlock hidden cost-savings potential and contribute meaningfully to the global sustainability movement.
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