Inspired – Environmentally Friendly Food Packaging

This is an image of wine box come bird box

Globally, 5 million kilograms of food is consumed every minute of every day. As populations increase, so does food production. The effect on the environment is disastrous.

Consider the amount of packaging that is produced and disposed of every day. It is important now more than ever for packaging designers and manufacturers to develop innovative, environmentally friendly food packaging alternatives.

Here are some inspiring examples.

Nesting Box

Belarus designers, Maria and Igor Solovyov’s concept of a wine-box-turned-bird-house is a wonderful example of how packaging can be reusable and live beyond it’s original purpose in a way that serves the environment for years to come.

The box itself isn’t necessary packaging for a wine bottle. So having it transcend into a bird house turns it from being something that would be wasteful into something that is useful.

The graphic design on the box is appropriate for it’s duel function. Minimal as a wine box and unobtrusive as a bird house.

This is an image of a Nesting Box

Compostable Beer Cup

There are several manufacturers of these compostable cups – a good sign that they are growing in popularity.

The cups look identical to their plastic predecessors – just as light, clear and strong.

Being made from plant starch they are 100% recyclable, and the compost they create can even be used to grow more crops. We are given this information from the design on the cup – an un-missed opportunity to spread awareness.

It would be great to see technologies like this used for more takeaway food packaging.

This is an image of a compostable beer cup

Eggs holder

Designed by Hungarian packaging designer Otília Erdélyi, this egg holder is a reinvention of the classic egg box that has been around for decades.

The holder is made from one piece of recycled card, which is held together with a paper sleeve. Production is quick and easy and requires only a simple die cut and crease. There is less material used than the classic box, which brings the cost of manufacturing down and is better for the environment.

If we look at the function, it works brilliantly. They stack neatly on the shelf, and it’s very easy to spot any cracked shells.

This is an image of a Nike Air shoe box

Those are 3 unique examples of environmentally friendly food packaging, all of which have a positive and lasting effect on the environment. They all have managed to retain full functionality and appeal to the consumer market. It is of the upmost importance that environmentally friendly products appeal to the customer in order for them to sell. Learn more about how in my previous post.


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