While discussing one of the most important trends of recent times, eco-design is at the top due to its growing popularity and inevitability. Generally, we all know about climate change, and no one can deny that the temperature has increased exponentially for one and a half-century.
More interestingly, we can observe the coincidence during this period. Industrialization and the emergence of the industrial production system have also increased tremendously.
And, in particular, it has skyrocketed since 1980. The reason is the democratization of means of transport powered by fossil and non-renewable fuels in developed countries, such as planes, cars, motorcycles, etc. More importantly, the need to use hemp boxes and other packaging solutions for hundreds of products has contributed a lot to increasing temperature.
The continuous and increasing emission of harmful gases into the atmosphere, such as CO2 and methane, gives rise to the “greenhouse effect”. This continuous emission creates a warm microclimate on the planet below the ozone layer and inside a greenhouse. The consequence of the greenhouse effect is global warming, leading to climate change.
Part of the origin of this global warming is natural and is produced by natural phenomena present on the planet, such as the eruption of volcanoes. But we know (97% of world scientists agree) that climate change is mainly a consequence of human action. And in particular, the lifestyle we lead.
Thus, in this context that may have catastrophic consequences in the medium term, it is imperative to take measures to reduce our contribution to global warming, adopting a more sustainable lifestyle with the planet.
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What role does eco-design have in climate change?
Eco-design is a design methodology aimed at the environmental improvement of any product or service throughout its life cycle, from its production to its transformation into waste, recovery, and recycling.
Recent studies show that eco-design projects manage to reduce their environmental impact by between 30% and 50%. So, if we want to stop climate change, adopting this methodology in industrial production is practically mandatory.
What is eco-design applied to?
Contrary to what might seem at first glance, it does not apply only to the mere design of the product (although it also does). It not only has to do with the type of materials used or with a product design that makes it easier to separate them when the product reaches its waste phase.
It also has to do with the optimization of the means of production, the reduction of emissions, and the use of renewable energies in production. Thus, eco-design is a global concept, and it affects not only the product itself but also every area involved in its production, collection, and eventual recycling.
Eco-design: what do package firms do for the planet?
The packaging firms are very aware of this issue, and for years they have been working to reduce their environmental impact at all levels.
Not only innovating in the development of packaging that optimizes the logistics resources of companies, but also establishing exhaustive control over their production chain, which is carefully designed to optimize the use of energy and take advantage of every one of the wastes generated. It is important for the activity itself.
Next, we will tell you what eco-design initiatives the packaging firms have implemented in recent years. So that you too are aware that you contribute to improving the balance between humanity and the planet.
Many packaging firms produce 100% recyclable and reusable cardboard packaging; Not only that, but they also produce recycled cardboard packaging.
For packaging production, they generally use biodegradable and ecological materials. It can easily be reincorporated into the production cycle and reused.
The production plants have been carefully designed to optimize all the phases, reduce energy consumption, and take advantage of any waste generated by the production activity.
Thus, for example, the cardboard waste generated in these firms when the boxes are cut has an advanced collection and transport system to transfer them to the cardboard recycling plant, where they are converted into pulp and used in the manufacture of cardboard.
Optimization of the materials used
Knowing the technical aspects involved in the production of cardboard in-depth, we should know what quality of cardboard the boxes need for each type of product, not overusing or using unnecessary materials.
And in addition to all this, we innovate in packaging by applying eco-design:
We create eco-friendly and recyclable filler packaging, such as Eco Care filler packaging or paper chips.
We producepackaging boxes with no minimum order, making it easier for everyone to access a product that helps reduce the volumetric weight of packages, adapting the packaging to the actual measurements of the product being transported.
It makes it possible to optimize the available space in the chosen means of transport and improve its palletization, managing to transport more product volume without increasing emissions.
We innovate in packaging to avoid unnecessary and difficult-to-recover packaging with initiatives. We achieve recyclable cardboard packaging that protects the product by itself, and it allows us to reduce filler packaging based on plastics and non-recyclable.