Today’s consumers seem to be obsessed with climate change and environmental impact, and they want to do business with companies that share their values. For example, they may choose a coffee packaging company that has reusable packaging over one that doesn’t.
These are the benefits of starting a recycling program at your company.
Save and Make Money
One of the most significant benefits of recycling is that you save money. For example, you can reduce janitorial and trash pick-up fees. In addition, recycled and recycling products tend to be less expensive because they do not need the same amount of raw material inputs.
Your company can also make money through recycling their waste products because these materials can be sold to companies that can use them for new products.
Help the Environment
Recycling is one way that companies can help the environment. Not only does this reduce the amount of stuff that is buried in landfills, but it also decreases emissions during manufacturing processes. In addition, the need for raw materials decreases significantly when products and packaging are recycled.
Products made from natural materials, such as wood, vegetables and grasses, such as bamboo, are fully biodegradable or compostable and can be used to improve the soil. Composted food products can also be converted into natural gas. Composting food products reduces landfill waste by up to 20%, or 41 million tons per year.
Recycling promotes innovation and stimulates the economy. For example, when products are recycled, new mills and manufacturing facilities are created. They need technological advancements and industry innovation to complete the recycling process and create new products. In addition, 757,000 jobs have been created through recycling advancements, either through the sorting and recycling process or the development and manufacturing of new products using recycled materials.
Several other countries require that companies adopt sustainable practices, and nearly half of the states in the US have adopted some form of recycling law. For example, some states have banned plastic bags, straws and other products. Other cities and states require that food waste be composted.
Although the laws vary across states and cities, many have implemented or are considering laws that require companies to adopt sustainability. One of these requirements is using recyclable, reusable or otherwise eco-friendly packaging and manufacturing processes.
Educate Consumers on Recyclability Through Packaging
Today’s consumers are looking to do business with companies that are eco-friendly and socially responsible. When you choose recyclable, biodegradable, reusable or compostable product packaging, you have a great opportunity to educate your clients on these strategies and products. You can share all the initiatives your company is involved in and how they benefit the environment, community and US economy.
Use Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Labels and Liners
One example of a packaging material that is better for the environment is polyethylene terephthalate. PET products are polyester and are fully and easily recyclable. It is used to make packaging, including stand up pouch packaging, clothing, electronics and automotive parts. However, the packaging is the most common product made from this material because it is lightweight and durable.
Changing to this type of product can reduce your costs and improve your brand reputation.
As you research initiatives, consider your packaging options, such as custom resealable bags, as innovative recycling initiatives.