Eco Friendly Packaging Options
For Booksellers

Guest Post by Brent Roake

Eco friendly packaging options should be considered if they are cost effective and perform as well as other options.

Fortunately, there are a variety of environmentally friendly options that perform as well as other packaging options that are available.

Let’s look at a few of these options, and how they can possibly save on packaging costs while reducing harm to the environment.

Void-Fill Options

Many companies use multiple void-fill materials when shipping books. Common void-fill materials are bubble wrap and packaging peanuts.

Bubble wrap is commonly made out of polyethylene plastic that has a very slow breakdown process.

Polyethylene is used for a variety of packaging materials and plays a major role in everyday life, but reduction in the use of this plastic helps to lessen harm to the environment during the eCommerce fulfillment process.

You can protect your bottom line as well as the planet with environmentally friendly packaging materials.

Packaging peanuts are commonly made from polystyrene foam that is also very slow in the break down process.

The good news is there are other void-fill options available when seeking eco friendly packaging solutions!

Other Options

Recycled Kraft paper is a great void-fill substitute for bubble wrap. Kraft paper can also be close to the same cost or less than bubble wrap.

These starch peanuts are made from corn starch and offer a rapid break down process that makes them extremely environmentally friendly.

Some companies prefer added cushioning to protect their books from shifting during transport. We recommend using an indented Kraft paper for added cushioning if needed protecting books for shipping and storage.

If packaging peanuts are preferred, there are a large variety of starch peanuts that have been introduced to the market.

Starch packaging peanuts are often close to or slightly higher than the price of virgin packaging peanuts.

Another option to starch peanuts is recycled packaging peanuts instead of virgin peanuts when shipping a book using eco friendly packaging.

Bundling & Load Protection Options

Different companies choose to do different things when bundling multiple books together or unitizing large book loads. We recommend using a micron of a hybrid stretch wrap.

Learning how to shrink wrap valuable books properly can save you money. It's important to know the strengths and weaknesses of various types of material.

For example, traditional stretch wrap is thicker and uses more plastic resin than the new hybrid and micron stretch wraps.

They are strong stretch films that use less plastic, therefore reducing environmental harm. They are available in a variety of strengths and widths.

Widths range from 2 inches up to 80 inches wide.

The 2-5 inch bundling wrap works great for bundling 2-5 books together for shipping. Wider films of eco friendly packaging materials are ideal for unitizing larger book loads for shipment or storage.

Be Environmentally Conscious

These are only a few environmentally friendly options to packaging supplies and material available that are cost effective and work well.

When selling books online everything from tape to boxes should be considered to help preserve our environment and keep the planet as healthy as possible.

Therefore, we should all be good stewards of the earth and use eco friendly packaging whenever we can.

Author Bio

U.S. Packaging & Wrapping is a full service packaging provider serving multiple industries ranging from food service to industrial warehouses and commercial office buildings. The wide range of products offered online enables users choose the right packaging products for each situation at an affordable price.

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