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Packaging and the environment

Packaging is any type of container that is used to hold, protect, handle, deliver and present goods. It includes glass bottles, plastic containers, aluminium cans and food wrappers.

When designing green packaging, you need to think about:

This last point is particularly important. Depending on what it is made of, packaging is reused, recycled, composted or buried in a landfill site. What would you like to be the fate of your packaging?

When redesigning its shoeboxes to make them greener, Nike thought of all of these factors. It reduced its 18 shoebox styles down to just two designs. It started to use card from recycled sources. It cut out the use of solvents and heavy inks in their production and, as a result, the shoeboxes are easier to recycle at the end of their life.

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