As the holiday season approaches, the joy of gift-giving, decorating and celebrating is in the air. However, it's also a time when waste generation and environmental concerns reach their peak. The good news is, that it's possible to enjoy a festive holiday season while minimising your impact on the environment through responsible festive packaging. In this guide, we'll explore how individuals and businesses can adopt eco-friendly practices to create a sustainable and environmentally responsible holiday experience for their customers.
Choose Eco-Friendly Materials
The first step in responsible festive packaging is selecting eco-friendly materials. Opt for materials that are biodegradable, recyclable, or made from sustainable sources. Choose a cardboard box manufacturer who uses recyclable cardboard and plant-based inks, which are less harmful to the environment than traditional petroleum-based inks.
Alongside materials, you also need to think about the lifecycle of your packaging and where those materials have come from. Here at ASC Direct, we plant one tree for every 1000 boxes manufactured to make sure we’re giving back to the environment. That way, you know that when you purchase from us, you’re buying from an eco-friendly company with the same values as your brand.
Minimise Packaging Waste
Responsible festive packaging involves reducing waste wherever possible. Here's how to do just that:
Use appropriately sized boxes to avoid excessive packaging materials and reduce shipping-related emissions. You can get the exact size you need with our bespoke box builder.
Resist the temptation to over-wrap your items. We get that you will want to make sure your items are fully protected from damage during transit, but try and adapt a minimalist approach. Only use what’s necessary and opt for something more sustainable like biodegradable void fill for anything that warrants extra protection.
One of the most thoughtful ways to reduce waste and add a personal touch to your festive packaging is by advocating for packaging that can be reused or repurposed. You can do this by opting for packaging design that can then also be used for the receiver’s gifts. Here are some ways you can spruce up your standard packaging for a more festive and purposeful offering.
Ready to Gift: Why not design your product packaging like it has already been gift-wrapped? Add a blank name tag that can then be written on and gifted to the purchaser’s friends and family. This saves on wrapping paper waste and the customer’s time, something they will be grateful for at such a busy time of year.
Greeting Cards: Why not include cut-out greeting cards on your packaging? According to the UK Government, approximately 1 billion Christmas cards are thrown away each year. It would take 33 million trees to replace that much card. So why not help your customers cut down on that number by repurposing the packaging that’s already been produced?
Decorations: Similarly to greeting cards, you could also include a fun activity with your packaging, like branded cut out tree decorations or a family board game. This will bring joy to the consumer while also staying true to your sustainable roots.
Advocate for Sustainable Packaging
Lead by example and inspire your consumers to adopt eco-friendly packaging choices. Consider organising workshops or online events to educate your customer base about sustainable packaging options and their benefits.
You can also choose to use your packaging design to communicate your eco-friendly policies and educate your customers on how to be more sustainable over the festive period.
Responsible festive packaging is an opportunity to celebrate the holiday season while showing care for our planet. By choosing eco-friendly materials, minimising waste, embracing DIY projects and promoting responsible consumption, you can contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally conscious holiday experience. Let's make this festive season a time for giving not only to loved ones but also to the Earth we all call home.