The Importance of Sustainable Liquid Packaging
Is your company turning away customers without realizing it? Take a look at your packaging operations. If you’re not following sustainable liquid packaging protocols, consumers could be turned away from your brand. A whopping 78% of consumers say that a sustainable lifestyle is important to them, and they’re looking for businesses to take the lead on offering more sustainable products. In fact, 66% of U.S. consumers and 80% of young U.S. adults are willing to pay more for sustainable products versus less sustainable competitors. So, what can you do?
Whether you’re creating automotive chemicals, cleaning products, consumer goods, or another liquid product, there are steps you can take to capitalize on this trend. We’re breaking down the specifics to help you attract more sustainably minded consumers.
Key Components of Creating Sustainable Liquid Packaging
The process of creating more sustainable liquid packaging operations starts with evaluating your current processes, packaging, and partner. Optimizing these three components can help you tap into the sustainable consumer demographic.
Assess Current Packaging Practices
Assessing your current packaging practices can help you identify areas for optimization. Start with a life cycle assessment (LCA). This involves analyzing the environmental impact of the process, from raw material extraction to end-of-life disposal. Consider factors such as energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, and waste generation.
Research and Source Sustainable Packaging Materials
It’s also important to evaluate the materials you use in your packaging, such as bottles, caps, labels, and seals. Opting for materials that are recyclable, biodegradable, or made from renewable resources can help bolster your brand image.
Choosing refillable and reusable packaging can drastically cut down your environmental impact, as well. Many plastic materials aren’t recycled at the end of their life, so finding ways to reuse them is extremely helpful to the environment. This reusability factor results in a reduction of solid waste, energy consumption, and carbon dioxide emissions.
Many industries have already adopted reusable packaging options, like the automotive, construction, chemical, agricultural, and general manufacturing sectors. A popular option is to offer concentrated products that consumers can dilute prior to application. This can diminish the amount of packaging you use, which benefits the environment and your bottom line.
Collaborate with Suppliers and Partners to Ensure Sustainable Sourcing
Perhaps the easiest way to reduce your environmental impact is to partner with a packaging provider that values sustainability. But, how do you know if they truly work towards more sustainable practices? Look to see if they have an ECOCERT or Safer Choice Standard accreditation.
ECOCERT is a certification body that provides organic and environmental certifications for various products and industries. Their certifications are meant to verify that products and processes adhere to specific environmental and sustainable standards. Founded in France in 1991, ECOCERT has since become one of the largest and most recognized organic certification organizations in the world.
The Safer Choice Standard is a certification given out by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. It’s a set of criteria that products and their ingredients must meet to earn the Safer Choice label. This label indicates that a product has been evaluated and deemed safer for human health and the environment. For a company that values sustainability, adhering to the Safer Choice Standard accreditation is important as it demonstrates a commitment to producing products that meet higher safety and environmental standards.
Looking for these certifications can put your mind at ease that you’re choosing the most sustainable packaging option possible.
Sustainable Liquid Blending Starts with Crystal
The best way to ensure sustainable liquid packaging is to work with a partner you can trust. At Crystal Packaging, we do everything we can to ensure your blending operations are optimized and as sustainable as possible.
Founded in 1977, we are the foremost specialty chemical and petroleum contract packager and private label manufacturer in the Rocky Mountain region. We offer toll blending, contract packaging, and windshield wash production, along with other contract services for multiple industries. We hold a number of certifications — including ECOCERT and Safer Choice Standard accreditations — to hold us to the highest standards in manufacturing excellence.
Our 70,000-square-foot facility features multiple blend tanks and over two million gallons of storage, allowing us to take on a great deal of volume. Additionally, our high-speed filling lines allow us to fill, label, package, and palletize containers of varying sizes, streamlining your operations and reducing the time needed to get your products where they need to be.
Finally, our unique location allows us to serve a wide variety of distribution and production centers in the area, which enables our customers to further extend their distribution capabilities. To date, we’ve produced more than 400 million gallons of product for more than 300 satisfied partners, and we’re not slowing down anytime soon.
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