As the effects of our actions on our planet become increasingly apparent, it’s important that we look for new ways to manage our impact on an industrial scale, including in how we produce and package our food and drink.

In this blog post, we’ll be looking at how food and drink companies can reduce their environmental impact and economise on operational costs with a simple addition to their production line: a bag in box packaging machine.

 

What Makes Packaging Eco-Friendly?

 

Eco-friendly packaging is designed in such a way as to limit its impact on our environment. There are a few key concerns when making eco-friendly packing:

  • Limited energy and water consumption – Packaging should be produced using methods and materials that limit the consumption of energy and water as much as possible.
  • Renewable materials – The materials used should be taken from renewable sources where feasible so that fewer of the planet’s non-renewable resources are consumed.
  • Recyclable materials – As well as being renewable, the materials chosen should be easily recyclable by the end user, so that resources can be reused in a cyclical, rather than linear production cycle.
  • Lightweight – The best materials for eco-conscious packaging are lightweight, as this helps to reduce the emissions caused by shipping.
  • Regular shapes – By making packaging that is assembled into a regular shape such as a cube, space requirements for transit and storage can be drastically reduced, which also reduces shipping emissions and land use.

 

How Sustainable is Bag in Box Packaging?

 

By opting to purchase a bag in box packaging machine and move over to more eco-friendly packaging methods, food and drink companies can tap into major environmental benefits.

Bag in box packaging uses a cardboard outer, and a completely separable plastic inner, meaning that 75% of the whole packing is made from cardboard, which is lightweight, renewable, recyclable and compostable. It also comes in a stackable shape, reducing the space required for shipping and storage.

This kind of packaging is also less resource-intensive to produce, using less water and energy than its counterparts such as glass, and keeps the product fresh meaning food and drink waste can be limited.

 

 

The Environmental Benefits of Bag in Box Packaging

 

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

As a leader in sustainable packaging solutions, bag in box packaging can help you drastically reduce your carbon footprint.

Because bag in box packaging is less resource-intense to produce, occupies less space in storage and transit, and is largely recyclable and compostable, it offers serious reductions over other methods such as glass or rigid plastic.

In fact, bag in box packaging produces a carbon footprint eight times smaller than that of a glass bottle. Many packaging options also use integrated materials, meaning that recyclability is reduced, whereas bag in box packaging is composed of two easily separable layers for easy recycling.

 

Helping to Reduce Food Waste

With the use of an eco-friendly packaging machine such as a bag in box packaging machine, you can help fight food waste.

The vast majority of the carbon footprint of a food or drink product is caused by the creation of the product itself, rather than the packaging. This means that by ensuring that the product is fresh for longer, it’s possible to help reduce food waste and further reduce the carbon footprint of an item.

 

Conserve Water and Energy

Compared with other methods of packing, the production of bag in box packaging uses much smaller amounts of water and energy and is less resource-intensive as a whole.

Not only does the conservation of water and energy help protect the environment from further damage, but it also reduces your operational costs.

 

Transport and Storage Reduction

By using a bag in box packaging machine, you also stand to reduce your transport and storage costs, as well as their impacts on the environment:

  • Lighter – By being more lightweight, bag in box packaging saves you on transport costs, as well as consuming less fuel to move it.
  • Stackable – Traditional containers are rarely stackable, and lead to the creation of a lot of dead space that can’t be occupied. Because bag in box packaging comes in regular, often cuboid shapes, it can be tightly packed for transit and storage, drastically reducing the space requirements for both. This brings cost savings as well as environmental benefits.

 

Why a Bag in Box Packaging Machine Could Help You

 

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly packaging machine, then a bag in box packaging machine could be the solution for you.

They represent an ideal way to reduce your carbon footprint by moving to packaging that’s lighter, recyclable, made from renewable resources, largely compostable, and stackable. It’ll save you on space, energy and water, and bring a roster of environmental and cost benefits to your business.

To learn more, get in touch with our expert team on 01432 677 000, email us at info@autopack.co.uk, or fill out our contact form here.