Tips for Creating More Eco-Friendly Packaging

In today’s world, it seems like everyone is trying to go green—and that includes companies. One of the easiest ways for companies to reduce their carbon footprints is to find ways to create more eco-friendly packaging. If you’re ready to try more eco-friendly packaging for your company’s products, these tips can help:

Choose Recyclable Materials

A simple yet effective way to create more eco-friendly packaging is to use recyclable materials. When you choose materials like cardboard and paperboard, consumers will be able to recycle the packaging instead of throwing it away. Recyclable packaging will go on and continue to be turned into new packaging, reducing the need to create new materials.

Ask Consumers to Recycle

Even if you use recyclable materials, consumers might not realize that they can recycle your packaging instead of just throwing it out. That’s why you should encourage consumers to recycle the packaging when they’re done with it. You can include the recycling symbol somewhere on the packaging or the words “Please recycle” or a similar message.

Use as Little Packaging as Possible

You can make your packaging eco-friendlier by getting rid of some of it. Think about how much packaging you really need to protect and contain your product. Only use the materials you really need and avoid using any additional materials simply for decoration.

Make Packaging that Consumers Can Reuse

If you sell a food product that needs to be heated before serving, consider creating packaging that consumers can use to heat the food. Instead of having to remove the food and use one of their own dishes, consumers can simply remove a small portion of packaging and put the item directly into the oven or microwave. Some types of packaging can even be washed and reused multiple times.


It’s easy to create packaging that is attractive, functional, and eco-friendly when you work with the team at Miles Label. Our company has been helping other companies with their printing needs for over 100 years. Get started on your next printing project by calling us at (800) 331-1897.