Sustainable Packaging

The role of product packaging in supply chain is crucial to the success of the product. Optimal sustainable package design takes into account:

  • Product protection
  • Designing for re-use
  • Recycling and using recycled materials
  • Materials optimization: Reduce materials used, use materials with less environmental impact, use biodegradable materials
  • Assembly and dissassembly
  • Dimensions for freight optimization (reduce air pollution, pallet consumption)
  • Cost

Designing for Sustainable Packaging

Sustainable packaging is beneficial, safe and healthy for individuals and communities throughout its lifecycle. It is sourced, manufactured, transported, recycled and optimizes the use of renewable or recycled source materials.

  • 80 percent of environmental impacts of a product are determined early in the design phase
  • Replaces “end-of-life” with restoration
  • Shift towards renewable energy
  • Eliminates toxic chemicals
  • Superior design reduces waste

With e-Waste on the rise as well as rising energy costs customers and end-users expect environmentally friendly packaging solutions.


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Jabil engineers offer earth-friendly solutions to meet customer and consumer needs:

  • Sustainable product packaging design, redesign
  • Sustainable packaging for moving unfinished products; returnable packaging versus expendable packaging
  • Paper containing a percentage of recycled material for printing materials, pretty boxes
  • Printing with environmentally friendly inks
  • Biodegradable bubble wrap
  • Honeycomb or hexacomb kraft paper (panels made of kraft paper with cells similar to honeycomb) for cushioning heavy products
  • Thermoformed plastic end caps made from recycle bags instead of foam end caps
  • Molded paper pulp replaces foam, inflatable plastic bags and bubble wrap
  • Biodegradable plastic bags
  • PaperFoam biobased packaging made of corn or potatoes
  • Foam made of recycled plastic (60 – 100 percent) material
  • Cardboard as substitute for foam
  • Palletizing and freight optimization to reduce tree consumption (pallets) and reduce air pollution (freight)

From Jabil's Blog

Designing for Sustainability [Infographic]

Rising energy costs, increasing amounts of eWaste and critical materials price volatility affects the overall cost of production. Learn more about why designing for sustainability is compelling manufacturers to begin thinking seri ... Read More

Designing for Recycling, Repair and Reuse

Twenty to 50 tons of electronic waste is disposed of each year. Eighty to 85 percent is disposed of in landfills, making up 70 percent of toxic waste in the U.S. What if products were designed for complete recycling, repair or reu ... Read More