Eco Friendly Packaging Alternatives To Plastic

Kathryn Manktelow

Plastics are all around us. If we want to save the environment and the animals that we share the planet with then we are going to have to find eco friendly packaging alternatives.

Eco Friendly Packaging

Plastics are all around us. If we want to save the environment and the animals that we share the planet with then we are going to have to find eco friendly packaging alternatives.

Plastics are inside nearly every product that we come into contact with in our daily lives. Manufacturers favour this material because it can last for years and is easy to mould into practically any form. Despite these benefits, plastic is having a damaging effect on the environment.

In the UK alone in 2018 the estimated plastic packaging waste will be 5.2 Million Tonnes, rising to 6.3 Million tonnes by 2030. As a result, manufacturers have begun to develop sustainable alternatives that will reduce our dependence on traditional plastics.

Below are my eco friendly packaging quick win substitutes. If you want to work out how you could introduce some of them into your food packaging and processes, then book a Plastic Free Consultation with Chapelton.


Switch your plastic sandwich tray for a paperboard alternative

The food to go sector in the UK is estimated to be worth a staggering £6.1 Billion within the next 5 years. This means a huge increase in packaging materials but we need innovative packaging designs which are made from sustainable recyclable material.

Over 72% of paper consumption in Europe is recycled, making it one of the most recycled of all materials. Most of this is utilised within the European paper industry where it is an essential raw material, particularly for packaging.

Eco friendly packaging made from paper & paperboards including the Jazz series from Chapelton consists of an aqueous barrier coating on a paperboard base, which as mono-materials are recyclable, biodegradable and compostable. The paperboard base is available in a number of finishes to match your target audience requirements, this makes Jazz a perfect choice for your Eco-Friendly sandwich & wrap packaging.


Replace your plastic salad pot for an Eco-Alternative



Salad Pots don’t need to be made from plastic, it seems like plastic is the easy go to product for suppliers, but consumers are driving the need for change. Savvy consumers now want to see products in plastic free and recyclable alternatives.

For the last 15 years an Italian company BIOPAP has produced a compostable food tray that has been developed to be used from freezer to ovens and are eco-friendly. The trays are made from sustainable raw materials, using only electricity from renewable resources within their production units.

BIOPAP® trays are a hygienic solution for preparing, cooking, baking, deep-freezing, transporting, conserving, re-heating and consuming food. BIOPAP trays can even be printed on the outside using eco friendly inks in order to bring the brand and quality image of the content up to the consumer’s table.


Swap Plastic trays for Solid Board Alternatives



Iceland was one of the first supermarkets in the UK to announce it’s move to plastic free packaging and other large supermarkets have followed suit. Never has the saying ‘a small change can make a big difference’ become more apparent that in the fight to reduce plastic waste.

The fruit and veg aisles of most supermarkets are lined with tomato’s, mushrooms, grapes etc all in plastic trays with plastic wrapping.

If everyone within the supply chain looked at a small change to remove avoidable plastic waste, we would see a massive reduction in waste. One leading supermarket has already switched their tomatoes from plastic trays to a solid board alternative.

ESK from Smurfit Kappa is a solid board eco friendly packaging alternative to plastic which can be used to produce a variety of products. The product is available in White and Brown/White to suit your needs. if required a food/grease barrier can be added depending on the final use of the product.

Change your plastic vegetable packaging for a biodegradable alternative


Become a change pioneer! Lead the way for others to follow!


Organic food delivery company – Abel & Cole are an ethically sourced, organic food product and home delivery company. Sustainability is a core value for the company which is passionate about recycling, favours minimal packaging, donates food waste to charities and plans delivery routes based on eco-efficiency.

Working closely with Plastiroll in Finland, Abel & Cole have created a pioneering compostable packaging film for their carrots. The Bioska 506 film will not only reduce the plastic waste, but has also improved the shelf life the produce it contained. Bioska made by Plastiroll use a unique blend of bio-polymers and other bio-materials to make a flexible, compostable plastic substitute.

Plastiroll is an eco-centric company who produce all their biodegradable materials solely on wind power, this simple decision reduces the company’s CO2 emissions by over 1,000 tonnes a year. This is roughly the equivalent of around 300 private cars’ annual carbon dioxide emissions.


Choosing eco friendly packaging alternatives

If you would like to make a change or are simply a concerned consumer or manufacture, please do you bit to reduce our reliance on plastics. ‘Every little helps’ and it’s true.

Book a plastic free consultation with Chapelton to find out more about our products. See how you can easily implement them into your food packaging and processes.

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