Whether you utilize sustainably sourced timber or tree-free alternatives, there are several paperboard options available for folding cartons, including coated, uncoated, recycled, and unrecycled paperboard.
While there isn’t a straightforward answer to whether folding cartons or plastic containers are more sustainable, embracing these sustainable packaging principles (and consulting an experienced packaging partner) can help you find the solution that’s right for your brand.
In short, you can recycle cartons, with certain considerations. Some communities without a materials recovery facility may not accept cartons. Also, any foil lining should be kept to less than 40% coverage, in order to be properly sorted.
Right-size packaging utilizes the ideal amount of material for products without sacrificing branding elements or quality. In implementing right-size packaging, brands support sustainability efforts, save money, and appeal to consumers.
Hot foil stamping requires a custom die, heat, and pressure to apply foil to your folding cartons and/or printed materials, while cold foil relies on UV light. Both techniques add eye-catching luxury elements that will help you attract customers.