How to go green

Wanting to save the planet is one thing; knowing how to do it is quite another. Understanding the technological processes involved in making greener packaging can give your client a quality product, a viable eco message, and save money too - but without compromising the environment. Packaging manufacturers are offering innovative solutions that provide a sustainable source of raw materials with more efficient manufacturing processes and waste management. Understanding which solution will give you the best results means talking to the experts.

Whether it's a recycled paper bag, drinks can or fast food carton, there are plenty of eco-friendly packaging options available, and it can be a minefield deciding which is right for your brand owner's product and image. Discussing your requirements with a reputable manufacturer will solve most packaging problems - but, to make life easier, the following guide focuses on some of the world's leading packaging companies in five of the key areas of packaging production. Here, they explain exactly what's on offer to the conscientious designer in the worlds of print, paper, ink, carton and metal packaging: why it's important to go green and - most importantly - how to get the best results from your creative packaging design.

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