As scientific research and technological capabilities progress and as natural resources begin to dwindle, society seeks to become more efficient and environmentally conscientious and less wasteful. The recent push for sustainability has spurred a movement in recycling and reusing materials in beneficial ways. It’s something seen every day, from smart cars to eco-friendly, sustainable packaging. The movement for sustainable packaging impacts several industries, including government involvement and corporations large and small, leading them to revisit how they package their goods.

One may ask, what exactly is sustainable packaging? It takes on many different forms across different mediums. However, at its core, sustainable packaging is environmentally friendly, uses only the essentials, avoiding any excess, and makes use of renewable and recycled materials. Examples can be seen in some coffee bags and plastic bottles.

With so many new approaches being taken to increase sustainability in packaging, it’s important to consider packaging consulting. Whether trying to reduce waste or reduce costs, packaging should be thoroughly reviewed and tested, to ensure that whatever contents are within the package are adequately contained, protected, and up to any regulations that may come into play. Balancing strength and efficiency can pose a challenge, but one that can be accomplished through consulting, research and testing.