Eco trends in the packaging industry. What is slimming packaging?
Without products from the packaging industry, it would be hard to imagine everyday life. Various types of boxes or nets are needed almost everywhere. The vast majority of goods we buy in stores are placed in one or other packaging – usually paper or plastic. This approach has an obvious advantage. Thanks to the packaging of a given product, it is secured and facilitates transport. However, this also has a downside. It results in tons of waste. While the packaged product will be used for something, the packaging will lose its function after opening and will have to be thrown away.
For many years, the accumulation of used packaging has been a big problem. It was especially related to plastic packaging, which has a long degradation time. Products made of plastic are hardly absorbed by the natural environment. Fortunately, however, a kind of ecological revolution has been taking place recently. Plastic, foil packages are more and more often replaced by paper or cardboard ones, i.e. those that decompose much better. However, this is not the only step that has been taken in recent years to take care of the environment. The so-called slimming of packaging turned out to be equally important.
The specificity of slimming packaging
What is slimming packaging? Simply put, it is a solution that consists in designing packaging in such a way as to use as little material as possible for this purpose. The slimming effect is mainly achieved by producing thinner bottles, boxes and other types of packaging for various types of items – food, chemical and other. The shape of the packaging is also important in this context. Increasingly, it is noticeable that drinks are sold in shorter but wider containers. This solution also helps to use less material. Although on a small scale, slimming packaging may seem to be something not very important, considering the quantities of packaging produced, it is of great importance.