How Custom Packaging is Eco-Friendly

If you’re in the market for packaging solutions for your business, finding an eco-friendly box design should be a high priority. Packaging continues to be a major point of weakness for many businesses that implement wasteful designs that use far more resources than they need to. Fortunately, the custom boxes we make at Build A Box can help your company reduce its environmental footprint.

First and foremost, all of our custom corrugated boxes are made from 100% recyclable corrugated cardboard. Corrugated cardboard is one of the most frequently recycled materials on Earth, with most countries having the process fully mastered: clean corrugated boxes are collected, compacted, and repulped to create new cardboard materials. Corrugated cardboard doesn’t mean that it has to be boring; with Build A Box and our box designer online tool, you can still decorate and customize your box, adding graphics and artwork to the exterior without affecting its recyclability. 

With a custom box design, you can also use less cardboard than you would with a standard size. Rather than put, say, a six-inch-long product inside a foot-long box, the custom measurements we offer means you could get a perfectly-sized box instead. This means less cardboard used per box, less manufacturing needed, and more packages that can fit on the same amount of transportation. It may not seem like much of a difference at first, but smaller and more practical custom corrugated boxes mean fewer trees cut down, less water used to make them, and less oil used to transport them. 

Custom box designs also reduce the need for void fill. Void fill refers to the styrofoam peanuts, bubble wrap, straw paper, and other things used to fill the space within a box and prevent the products inside from moving around. While void fill is useful for preventing damage to your business’s goods, it’s also the greatest offender when it comes to packaging waste. Unfortunately, many types of void fill, especially those made from plastic or styrofoam, are difficult or impossible to recycle. At Build A Box, we can design boxes to minimize the need for void fill and can instead use custom inserts to hold products in place. 

Not only are these inserts made from the same recyclable cardboard as our boxes, but they’re also a great space to add further customization. We can integrate graphics and marketing copy on inserts, enhancing the unboxing experience for consumers and building a greater emotional rapport between you and your customers. 

If you want custom boxes that are both eco-friendly and attractive, you can trust the experts at Build A Box. With our online box design tool, you can craft a packaging solution that’s perfect for your business’s products and allows you to reduce the resources you use. If you’re not sure what options are right for you, give us a call at (714) 660-7933 to get in touch with one of our expert designers.