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Date added: 2017-04-25 Best Ways To Avoid Excess Packaging

Effective packaging provides protection to products - especially during their transportation - and helps to maintain their longevity. Just as packaging is necessary, excessive use of packing material should be avoided as much as possible. Overuse of packing material tends to increase the cost of products and is often disliked by consumers.


Having to go through layers of packaging material before you are able to open a small box, for example, will cause frustration and customers may lose their patience. On top of the customer disapproval, most excess packaging ends up in landfills. Landfills are, as we all know, one of the main reasons for pollution, with worldwide efforts underway to reduce emissions and removing unwanted packaging materials.


So how do you ensure that you don’t use excessive packaging?


Be Responsible and a Conscious Customer

Customers as well as manufacturers can play an important role in reducing or avoiding excessive packaging. As customers buy products or goods, it is important to spend some time thinking about how the product is wrapped or packaged. Is there excessive material used? Is the seller adding to the already well-packaged material, just to improve the product appearance? These purchases should be avoided. It’s a good idea to buy products with less packaging, as less packaging doesn’t mean there a compromise on the quality of material.


Recycle Excessive Packaging

If you want to be a responsible citizen and save the environment, you need to make sure that you recycle all packaging material. You may also consider only purchasing products made using recyclable materials. Both of these tactics can reduce your waste contribution by minimising material sent to landfills and causing less harm to the environment.


Reusable Materials

Packaging waste includes a large number of products such as throwaway food trays, cardboard boxes, disposable plastic bottles and food packaging and utensils, all of which can be reused for a variety of different purposes, therefore avoiding the problems often caused by excess packaging. Another good option when purchasing food or beverages is to bring your own lunch container or coffee mug to store your products in, reducing the amount of waste packaging accumulated.


Bulk Purchase

A recent survey showed that bulk purchasing often leads to unwanted packaging. Bulk products require large quantities of packing material, so that the products stay in good condition and the contents is kept safe and secure during transit. As a result, consumers are often advised to be smart when buying, so if you purchase products in bulk, you need to ask yourself if you will use them daily. Products that you won’t be using everyday don’t need to be bought in bulk, as you will simply purchasing products that you don’t actually need and contributing to waste packaging.


Stay Away from Pre-Packaged Items

A common source of excessive packaging is fruit and veg packaging. Large numbers of these products are packaged in different food trays and containers, so it’s important to select products that are not over-wrapped, unless absolutely necessary for the safety of the product. Products with unnecessary amounts of packaging should be avoided.  


Excessive packaging doesn’t just increase the cost of the product, it also harms the environment. With excessive packaging producing so much waste, it’s always a good decision to avoid such excess material, which is more often a burden than any help.