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Finding the Balance in Packaging

By Joy LePree |

The word “sustainability” is used a lot, but for many businesses and industries it is increasingly becoming a challenge that must be taken seriously. As customers, large retailers and end-users continue to demand sustainable practices, packaging and products from their suppliers, chemical processors must start to change the way they package and deliver their goods, incorporating methods that encourage recycling, less waste and a cleaner carbon footprint. Sustainable distribution can be a somewhat elusive and confusing term, but its definition is essentially twofold — first is selection of the proper packaging for the product, second is understanding how to use available materials or products in a way that is more sustainable and environmentally friendly. The number one priority of any packaging is to ensure that the product gets to its destination — be that another business that will use the product to manufacture something else, the seller of the finished product or the end-consumer — in the same state that it left the processing facility or warehouse. “Packaging should prevent loss or damage to the product, which is a result of inadequate packaging,” says Phillip Luijckx, marketing manager,…
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