Packaging Sustainability is a rising sector in our increasingly environmental-friendly world. Unpackable’s due to product damage during shipments is estimated to be approximately $2.0 billion a year. Reusable and recycled packaging attempts to end this waste of both containers and products with the help of secure sustainable materials. According to ShurTape, research estimates that the packaging industry will be a $530 billion industry by 2014 (a 23% increase from 2009). Of the amount that can be recovered through recyclable material is 75.4% of paper products, 72% of Steel, and 38.9% of Aluminum. Recovered packaging will be at a whopping 51%.

We have a surplus of corrugated packaging in the U.S. and since 1993, we have seen a 37% increase of paper recovery in the United States. 95% of all products in the U.S. are shipped in corrugated packages meaning that we have the ability to reuse and recycle these packages into RTP’s.

Recyclables are a responsible response to our environment as well as our health. During transportation, products and packages are exposed to different climates, environments, and this can affect the product and packages. During these trips, packages are also exposed to vibration inputs. Vibration and ensuing resonance can be bad for the units. It’s a natural response to shipments but if it is underestimated, if can have damaging effects.

According to 152 respondents to a recent AORN/loPP survey; when asked if users reject a device for packaging damage, 79% responded “All the time”.

Health wise, packaging is at risk for pests, especially in wood and paper packaging products. Recycled and reusable materials eliminate this risk; they are better for the products, the shipping trip, and for our health.

Product damage is frustrating for the buyer and seller for obvious reasons and it also affects sales. Companies have begun addressing these issues and have found shocking results. Pillsbury began investigating their package systems and found that the total cost of waste was double of the cost of unsaleable’s. Once realized, they took appropriate action and became believers in the responsibility and effectiveness that recyclable and reusable materials have on the environments, products, and pockets.