so I am starting a small business that sells packaged food and coffee beans. Sustainability is an important issue for me, so I'm trying for my packaging to negatively impact the environment as small as possible.
After google here and there, the choice are down to 2 types of packaging:
1. Paper metal bag (with no valve and zipper)
Initially, I'm trying to use a kraft paper with laminated foil on the inside. But that packaging is hard to print on. At least I didn't find anyone do that in my country. So, this packaging has great availability (easy to get with reasonable price)
But, during my reagle (= research on google, jk), I found that this kind of packaging is hard to recycle since it's a composite of different materials. So, recycle-rs need to split the composites into standalone materials.
- 2 layers of packaging, inner plain plastic, outer plain cardboard.
I don't have knowledge on this topic, but, based on my previous reagle (again, jk), I conclude that two standalone materials are easier to recycle since the recycle-r don't have to split any composites.
With this kind of packaging, I can also can offer some kind of small discount if my customers return the box in their next order (good customer relation as well).
Initially, I thought using plain plastic is bad, but after reading that foil paper article, I think plain plastic is better since it's easier to process / recycle.
The outer plain cardboard is there to protect the inside from light, and for displaying my brand.
So, which one you think will have lower impact to the environment? And if you have any other alternatives, feel free to.
Ideally, I want to open a zero-waste small shop which customers need to bring their own jars / containers. Unfortunately, in my current condition, it's not viable yet.
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