Every company has different needs for its packaging strategy, but many may find their packaging solutions have some things in common. One incredibly versatile packaging material, and perhaps the simplest, is paper.
1. Paper is sustainable
One major influence the general population has had over companies lately is the pressure to adopt sustainable practices. People are becoming more environmentally aware and want to protect earth’s resources. Paper is an excellent candidate for companies that want to show their customers that they share common values.
Lagrangeil points out that trees can be strategically planted for a continuous source of paper that does little damage to the environment. Additionally, paper is very easily recycled. According to the American Forest & Paper Association, 65.4 percent of paper used in 2014 was recovered for recycling. This not only reduces the demand for deforestation, but also decreases the amount of paper that ends up as waste.
2. Paper is cost effective
One of the key factors in making a packaging decision is cost. Luckily, paper is a very cost effective protective packaging option available. Many companies choose paper because it fits nicely into their budgets.
3. Paper is versatile
Paper is an excellent void fill, which is ideal in the age of e-commerce, when boxes may be shipped to consumers with just one or two items in it. The paper will keep the items stable and can prevent objects with sharp points from doing damage. Paper converted into pads can also be used as a cushioning material to protect delicate items from breakage or lock items into place to prevent movement during the shipping cycle.
4. Paper is biodegradable
If something is biodegradable, it means it can be naturally broken down over time through insects and other organisms. Different substances will break down more quickly than others; some may not ever break down. As a result, they usually end up as a permanent presence in a landfill.
Paper is one material that is highly biodegradable, even in a landfill environment. When in a landfill, crowded spaces, lack of sunlight and little exposure to moisture and air slow down the time it takes for something to break down. Even so, a paper bag will only take about a month to biodegrade, according to BioMass Packaging. This means that even the 34.6 percent of paper that was consumed but not recycled in 2014 will naturally breakdown.
5. Paper is easy to manage
One important feature of any packaging strategy is how easily and efficiently packaging professionals can utilize it. Paper is easy for operators to handle.
With the right paper packaging system, the material can take up minimal space in a warehouse and provides packers with an intuitive way to carefully portion paper for packages. For example, Pregis recently announced the launch of Easypack, a line of paper packaging equipment that produces paper cushions made from 100% recycled paper. Not only that, but they are also easily recyclable and completely biodegradable, according to Packaging Europe.
Paper is one of the smartest protective packaging options available to companies. If you are curious about how you can improve your operations with paper packaging or new paper packaging equipment, reach out the experts at Pregis. We’ll be able to assess your current operations and offer useful advice on how you can reduce cost and increase efficiency.