Sustainable Packaging Resource Guide
Inspiration to jump start your sustainable packaging journey!
By 2030 all plastic consumer product packaging needs to be 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable.
Is your brand and business ready?
This guide – curated by team domo’s packaging design and structure experts – is full of inspiration and information to help everyone embrace the new circular economy, with the goal of developing sustainable packaging design for good.
Focused on conventional plastic used in packaging and single-use products, with lots of great information to dramatically reduce the use of indestructible plastic by adopting eco‑friendly packaging.
Signite decorations produce significantly lower waste than traditional pressure sensitive labeling, with improved design flexibility than direct-to-container screen printing. All while improving recyclability and reuse capabilities.
Over 80 member companies, project partners, allies and supporters working together to create and scale innovative solutions to remove plastic from the planet.
Executive-level summit to discover the latest opportunities in packaging development, innovation, design, and materials.
Future is an award-winning, innovative dispensing solution that is mono-material and fully recyclable when paired with a PE or PET bottle. It is suitable for a range of viscosities and is available in a variety of colors thanks to its unique, three-part design.
Over 80 million plastic bottles currently used by Bacardi each year will be replaced with new biodegradable packaging that decomposes within 18 months.
Home compostable packaging made with high barrier paper and/or plant-based recyclable films for pouches and bags. Creates a fully recyclable package that is a food and pet safe alternative to plastic pouches.
The BiomeEP range offers enhanced print and adhesion characteristics. These potato and corn-based resins and flexible films provide strength, flexibility, heat and tear resistant while being 100% biodegradable and compostable.
The solvent-free products are specially designed to provide an environmentally-friendly, low-cost adhesive for production at high speed, in accordance with the latest food regulations.
Eliminate the need for plastic rings with small glue dots that hold 4, 6, or 8 cans together. (Glue dots are compatible with aluminum recycling.)
Cog drives faster, smarter, more engaging packaging development including package structure design, engineering, prototyping, print production optimization and comps.
Colgate is launching what it says is a vegan-certified toothpaste that comes in an “industry-first” recyclable tube package.
With the seismic shift to more DTC commerce, there are emerging marketplaces owning the sustainable space. Take Credo – the largest clean beauty store on the planet.
A 100% renewable and biodegradable replacement for traditional plastics, PHA breaks down like cellulose or wood. If it is discarded into the environment or compost bin, it will be consumed by microorganisms that feed off the material as a carbon food source.
Optimize packaging to educate and empower consumers to do their part: recycle. Reduce confusion by using domo domo’s visual package design template that communicates – at-a-glance – what to do.
BiOrigin™ is a plastic alternative made from renewable sources that is perfect for brands and converters looking to make sustainable changes to their packaging.
This three-layer adhesive lamination consists of, from the outside in, paper/cellophane/polylactic acid. The PLA, a blown extrusion that brings heat seal properties to the material, is PSI ‘s EarthFirst PLA.
Composed of plant-based, annually renewable source materials, Earthfirst’s high purity PLA non barrier sealant film is Industrial Compostable certified.
Ecovative is a biotech company that uses mycelium (mushrooms) to solve plastic pollution. This compostable packaging is made with hemp hurds and mycelium to be thermally insulating and water resistant. Plus, it composts in 45 days.
Closures for pouches and bags are now compostable and biodegradable with the new EL-ZIP press to close zippers. Food grade for use in pouches in pet food, food, home, personal care and beyond.
This transparent BOPET film is one side Corona Treated with one side Untreated or both sides Untreated. The flexible packaging has a reduced carbon footprint when compared to standard BOPET.
A laminating adhesive for flexible packaging that is solvent free and compostable. Enables recycling and composting when combined with other compostable packaging materials.
Made from 100% bio-based resins and seal beautifully to a wide range of compostable films at low temperatures, these zippers are converter friendly with easy crushing locks and material stability for storage and machining.
Not only do NatureFlex™ films meet all the global standards for industrial composting, including EN13432, but they are also certified to the OK Compost Home standard for backyard composting.
A luxury carton for premium brands using no tape or magnets. Plus, it folds flat to be a simple recyclable package.
Our Sustainable Resource Guide Glossary will strengthen and develop sustainability literacy by providing definitions on pertinent sustainability terms including materials, processes, common language and concepts.
Green Matters shares news and topics across sustainability and innovation for people looking to live more sustainably and fight the climate crisis.
A DTC category disruptor, Grove Collaborative crafts and curates branded items making it easy for consumers to get everything they need for a sustainable home in one, easy place.
Heinz announced the roll out of new recyclable paperboard multipack sleeves – to replace plastic shrink-wrap – as part of their investment in sustainable packaging innovations.
This sustainable packaging is made using 100% post consumer recycled glass. It’s non-toxic and less porous, so it’s impermeable to other environmental factors that can impact product integrity. Consumers love it and know how to recycle it!
Empowering consumers through smart packaging labels through a standardized labeling system that clearly communicates instructions on disposing of your recyclable packages.
EcoPrime resin from Envision Plastics is a100% recycled material for moldability and inserting compatibility. Enhancements to both the molding process and seal bars rival the performance of 100% virgin petroleum-based materials.
Incada stock enables a premium look for your sustainable packaging, with a glossy spot black UV varnish and matte aqueous coating for contrast.
The Invercoat family of paper products are suitable for multiple end use applications, allowing you to create a recyclable package while using premium printing techniques.
Founded in 2005, Inhabitat is a long-standing environmentalist blog with an army of loyal followers.
KURZ transfer coatings are the slimmest eco-friendly foil which can be recycled without additional expense.
A new way to shop without the waste, the Loop platform aims to change the way the world shops with favorite brands in refillable packaging.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, Monadnock’s Performance Fiber Paper products offer eco-friendly packaging with a carbon neutral manufacturing process that uses 100% renewable Green-e certified wind powered electricity.
Films that dissolve in water remove the need for sachets, bottles, bags, or protective films for laundry, food, personal care and beyond. Perfect for eco-friendly bath bomb packaging.
Industrial design and product design for companies focused on building more sustainable brands.
PICEA™ sustainable tube is made from sugarcane and a fully recyclable package.
Nestlé is adopting eco friendly packaging practices by removing all plastic tear-offs that covered its cap and neck and are printing directly on the bottle instead. (Nearly 240 tons of tear-offs have been eliminated since 2019.)
Nestlé plans to implement bulk dispensers where customers refill their reusable containers in dog food and coffee products.
No more single use ketchup sachets – now a plastic-free solution for sauces, condiments and salad dressings in the food service industry. Amazing!
Notpla Film is designed to replace conventional fossil-derived, and bio-plastic based, flexible packaging. Notpla Film breaks down naturally without releasing any microplastics.
Finally, making food containers fully biodegradable! Semi rigid package material and coating are all derived from seaweed – not plastic – and will breakdown naturally without releasing any microplastics.
An edible bubble designed to replace single-use plastic packaging for liquids! Can be eaten or thrown away in a home compost, where it will disappear withing a few weeks – just like a fruit peel.
A unique substitute to single-use plastic packaging (like toothpaste tubes) that is edible and dissolves in water…right along with the toothplaste.
Designed to give controlled pouring – Pipette is compostable option to replace single-use plastic for edible oils…like salad dressing, etc.
Made from fibrous by-product of industrially processed seaweed that dissolves in water in just a few hours and can fertilize plants! Can be molded into wide range of shapes Ideal for primary packaging.
A secure platform that connects brands, manufacturers and suppliers to develop and bring sustainable products to the market faster.
Currently developing film and package board stock made from sustainably-farmed seaweed. Compostable, nutrient-rich and environmentally safe – a good alternative to non-recyclable flexible material.
Curated guide to clean beauty, natural skincare, and overall holistic living. Lists 40+ natural brands with zero waste or sustainable packaging. 110K followers.
Excellent resource for latest news and trends driving eco friendly packaging innovations.
The Peel Plastic Think Green recyclable pouch series includes bio-polyethylene, post-consumer recycled materials and fully recyclable package options.
Plastic Health Coalition works together with organizations with specific expertise on research, prevention, and solutions to address the potential negative health effects of plastics.
PLASTICFREE is the world’s materials and new system intelligence platform – providing a simple and searchable database of resources and inspiration.
Covers developments in bioplastics, recycling, injection molding, extrusion, thermoforming, blow molding, and other forms of plastics processing. Follow them on Twitter for a newsfeed on plastics circularity.
This recyclable polyethylene (PE) flat-bottom pouch is suitable for food packaging. It’s made from monomaterial PE that offers a more sustainable packaging option than conventional, non recyclable flexible material.
Refillable inserts offer sustainable packaging alternatives for skincare products.The plastic inserts are placed in a high-quality reusable glass container designed to be refilled and reused by the owner.
A membership-driven organization that specializes in the collection and responsible disposal of consumer’s hard-to-recycle products like batteries, light bulbs, and more.
USDA Certified Biobased Packaging is made from recycled paper, cardboard, sugarcane, bamboo and wheat straw and then formed into eco‑friendly packaging.
Made from sustainable and fully recyclable materials, the package presents a very premium image using vegetable-based inks, cured UV coatings and metal flake-free Kurz foil.
Siegwerk’s UniNATURE inks are an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional inks containing up to 50% renewable carbon content which is up to nine times more compared to standard water-based inks.
Using renewable, raw materials like sugar cane, corn and cellulose provide the product protection as conventional plastics.
A beautiful, functional and fully biodegradable packaging alternative for plastics. Produced using the existing plastics machinery, the switch to a more sustainable material is made easily.
Sun Chemical creates products which have high levels of bio-derived or recycled content. Electron-beam inks and coatings are formulated for food packaging applications on paper, board and film to create a premium look and finish.
A cost-effective, compostable, chlorine- and metal-free alternative that creates barriers against moisture, oxygen, Co2, UV light, odor and migration. Easily overprinted with inks and laminated to secondary films.
Algae inks and soy ink from soybeans offer an eco-friendly premium packaging alternative to a petroleum-based ink. It’s more environmentally friendly while still providing a wide range of colors and full recyclability.
Biodegradable, compostable and sustainable films, bags, shrink films and flexible packaging and multi-layer compostable packaging.
Sustainable Brands is a convenor of brand innovators and trends that inspire brand leaders who see social and environmental challenges as key drivers of brand innovation and value creation.
The leading voice on sustainable packaging with a membership that encompasses the entire supply chain for people and the planet.
Excellent resource that highlights the very latest information on all aspects of sustainable packaging solutions, covering innovations by eco‑friendly packaging companies and brands adopting green alternatives.
The global leader in handling hard-to-recycle materials, like ocean plastic, and turning them into new products.
Global forum linking CPG retailers and manufacturers to help address key global sustainability challenges including environmental, social, health, food safety and product data accuracy.
Dieline is the world’s most visited packaging design website and is a global community of practitioners focused on advocating for more sustainable packaging solutions through creativity and innovation.
Develop and promote the idea of a circular economy with global business, academia, policymakers, and institutions to accelerate the transition to a new economic system that’s better for people and the environment.
The Green Hub provides inspiration and info on sustainable living, low-waste, plant-based, ethical fashion and nature…all with the aim to combat climate change. 57K followers.
Part of Pet Food Industry magazines, the Forum explores advancements in sustainable pet food packaging, including options like recyclable packages and pouches. Extensive database of eco‑friendly packaging suppliers and trends.
A solutions-driven consortium to rethink the way we design, use, and reuse plastics led by The Recycling Partnership and WWF, and part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact.
TIPA produces fully compostable packaging used in the food and fashion industries that looks and acts like regular plastic and decomposes like organic material.
Compostable, flexible packaging made for food! Mimics conventional plastic in durability, barrier properties and shelf stability – and is compostable. Food grade for produce, dry foods, baked goods, hilled products, and frozen food.
KURZ transfer decorations are recyclable, deinkable & compostable: The automatic sorting process (up to 70% decorated surface possible) & the composting process are not impacted.
Founded in 2004, Treehugger is the world’s #1 information website about mainstream sustainability and eco‑friendly trends and brands. Over 120 million readers each year.
This eco friendly packaging features a proprietary interior coating that repels water, made using sustainably sourced pulp and designed to be recycled in the paper waste stream.
Replacing the Styrofoam cooler (at long last) is Vericooler – a sustainable way to protect and ship food, wine, specialty pharmaceutical and health care with eco‑friendly packaging practices.
This 100% recyclable paperboard from K Laser does not contain laminating film so it can be pulped along with the paper. There is no extra work of removing the foil from its’ backing resulting in a fully renewable, sustainable, and recyclable product.
Author of the global best-selling book, Zero Waste Home blog is a curated collection of products, guides, and articles on living sustainably. 700+ followers.
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