Supply Chain Brain recently ran a decent article on 10 Steps to Green Packaging in the CPG Industry that had a few insights that are worth a closer look.
Purchase raw materials from suppliers who employ sustainable resource management policies.
Use recyclable material.
Use ergonomic design and optimization to minimize the use, and size, of packaging material.
Replace hazardous and harmful substances with eco-friendly materials.
Use renewable materials whenever possible.
Inspect, monitor, and control waste in the packaging process.
Immediately recall harmful packaging and put processes in place to insure that harmful packaging does not get used again.
Collaborate with retailers and collect reusable and recyclable packaging materials in exchange for discounts.
Set up a Centre of Excellence (COE) to disseminate environmental best practices throughout the organization.
Sign up for carbon reduction commitment initiative and follow-through.
For more information on the 10Rs, as well as examples on how to achieve them, check out 10 Steps to Green Packaging in the CPG Industry.