While packaging only accounts for 20% of the environmental impact of a product, it represents one of the biggest opportunities to engage customers and consumers about environmental impact. There is no silver bullet packaging solution that ensures a strong shelf life, low environmental impact, competitive pricing, and 100% recyclability, reusability or compostability. However, there are many ways companies can engage in sustainable packaging solutions.
Sustainable Packaging Supplier Checklist
When considering new packaging solutions, it is important to consider the sustainability offerings of different packaging suppliers. PSC members can use this checklist as a quick way to compare sustainable options offered by different suppliers, as well as to begin to understand the operations of those suppliers. This tool was donated by PSC Member Earth Animal.Download Now
Examination of Multilaminate Pouches Report
The enclosed “Examination of Multilaminate Pouches” report was developed on behalf of Only Natural Pet by Eco-Cycle, one of the country’s oldest and largest non-profit recycling organizations. Only Natural Pet in-turn gifted the results of this study to the Pet Sustainability Coalition (PSC), a pet industry nonprofit that advances business through environmental and social impact.
Eco-Impact Packaging Life Cycle Assessment
Through a partnership with Trayak – a software solutions company, PSC members can evaluate different packaging systems to understand their comparitive environmental impacts using a streamlined lifecycle assessment.
A COMPASS analysis can show a company their hotspots for packaging and where to focus efforts to have the greatest impact when attempting to reduce their environmental impact. It can also be a way to see where improvement has been made, internally report these results, and track progress toward sustainability goals.Email us for more info
Sustainable Packaging Resources
Bio-based, Biodegradable, Compostable Packaging…
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Zuke’s & Excel Case Study
Learn how Zuke’s and their packaing provider Excel Packaging collaborated to use the COMPASS tool to drive sustainable packaging solutions.Learn More
Sustainable Packaging Design Guidelines
While there is substantial guidance around design for the environment in general, the Coalition identified a need to consolidate the thinking, the information and the best practices for packaging. We hope this guidance may provide a basis for education on sustainability considerations as they relate to packaging and to help bring them into the mainstream of packaging development.Learn More
Check out the additional sustainable packaging resources on the right.
Additionally we have created and compiled a database resources for your use on a variety of sustainability issues. Feel free to explore our these articles, PDFs, slideshows, videos, etc.