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Sustainability for Industrial Packaging

Sustainability and the Future

Our Role

As an industrial wholesaler of packaging and packaging equipment, we stay in touch and informed with cutting edge technologies across the lines we offer, and that extends to sustainability efforts. Our goal is to get customers into the most efficient and effective packaging possible with three ultimate goals with sustainability in mind: consistent effectiveness, efficient use of materials, and budget-minded solutions. Customers continously pave the way for greater innovation so we welcome your ideas in partnership with our leading suppliers!

Consistent Effectiveness

Sustainability starts with less waste, more value. Eliminating damage decreases returns and we do this by delivering on consistent and reliable materials.

Efficient Use Of Materials

We stay up-to-date with all industry-related technology break-throughs. You’ll hear us talk about down-gauging your stretch film, right sizing your cartons, and more. This mindset decreases overall material use without decreasing protection – keeping your packaging sustainably-minded.

Budget-Minded Solutions

Wholesale sustainability doesn’t break the bank. Our network of manufacturers know prices needs to stay competitive and we do too. Whatever your budget is, sustainable options are possible.

Just-In-Time Delivery

Our in-house delivery service is routed for ultimate efficiency for less miles on the road and less handling by your dock. Looking to decrease deliveries? Ask us about our consignment and vendor managed program.

Tools we use

Right-Sizing Your Cartons

Utilizing cartons which fit your product eliminates excess cushioning, corrugated, and freight. For large operations we recommend automating this process for full efficiency.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Simply printing a message on the bottom of your packaging outline how to recycle your packaging can go a long way in the downstream. Many plastics and papers are recyclable when marked appropriately.

Down Gauging Stretch Film

Technology continues to evolutionize the stretch film industry. 80 gauge is the new 50 gauge for many applications – saving customers significantly on raw resin usage.

Closed Loop Solutions

Ship products on reusable pallets, bins, or containers between closed-loop warehouses to reduce waste.

Consignment Inventory

Consignment or vendor managed inventory with maximums and minimums allows for less deliveries and more efficient purchasing.

Ink Vs Label Marking/Coding

Many suppliers now offer environmentally-friendly inks which can be used in line at varying sizes and colors – including the ability to print pictures on demand. This eliminates the use of adhesive, paper stock and liners.

Product Line Highlights

Geami By Ranpak

Ships flat before use and is fully recyclable with the end-user. Made with virgin and recycled materials.

Sealed Air Bubble Wrap On Demand

Decrease carbon emissions by decreasing trucking by switching to bubble on demand. Plus, free up warehouse space and decrease receiving times.

Paper Cushioning By Ranpak

Ships flat before use and is fully recyclable with the end-user. Made with virgin and recycled materials.

Reusable Containers

Made for mainly closed loop systems or companies with wash down requirements our wide variety of containers, bins, and gaylords help decrease long-term waste streams.

Paragon Films

A leader in innovation Paragon now offers partially recycled stretch film – patented and the only truly sustainable stretch film on the market


Eliminate wooden crates which can be bulky and hard to recycle without the correct waste stream. Instead use corrugated lumber for just as much strength and easier recyclability.

Understanding the Pitfalls to sustainable packaging

We strive to be transparent and upfront when it comes to what is and is not sustainable packaging. We don’t fit the expectation into the industry, instead we present the real facts backed by science to support the expectations. Here we highlight products and claims which as packaging experts we don’t consider fully sustainable options.

  • Biodegradable Plastics: While biodegradable plastics have gained popularity for their potential to break down more quickly than traditional plastics, they often require specific conditions, such as industrial composting facilities to decompose fully. In the absence of these conditions, they can still persist in the environment, contributing to pollution.
  • Single-Use Compostable Packaging: Similar to biodegradable plastics, compostable packaging items like plates, cups, and cutlery need specialized composting facilities to break down properly. When disposed of in regular waste streams or landfills, they may not biodegrade as intended.
  • Paper Packaging with Non-Recyclable Coatings: Some paper packaging products come with non-recyclable coatings or laminates that make them difficult to recycle. These coatings can contaminate recycling streams and hinder efforts to reduce waste.
  • Packaging with Excessive Greenwashing: Some manufacturers and suppliers may overstate the environmental benefits of their products through greenwashing. This can mislead consumers into thinking they are making sustainable choices when, in fact, the product’s overall impact on the environment remains high.
  • Heavy, Bulky Packaging: Packaging materials that are unnecessarily heavy or bulky can result in higher transportation costs and increased emissions. While they may not explicitly market themselves as sustainable, their inefficiency in resource use contradicts sustainability goals.
  • Products Lacking Certification or Transparency: Packaging products claiming to be eco-friendly should ideally have certifications or clear documentation to support their sustainability claims by trusted third party sources. Lack of transparency and verifiable information can raise doubts about a product’s true environmental impact.
  • Excessive Packaging: While not limited to a specific material, the practice of over-packaging products can lead to unnecessary waste and resource consumption. Companies may use excessive packaging to enhance product aesthetics or safety, even if it’s not environmentally justified.

Next Steps for a Sustainable Future in industrial packaging


Share with us your main goals when looking towards sustainability – whether it is down stream waste, up stream efficiencies, or product deliverables – we have you covered.


Every day new products are entering the marketplace. As a top distributor for many of the best manufacturers in the world we connect that knowledge back to you when we understand your objectives


Help us learn your different department limitations as it pertains to supply chain improvements – our depth of knowledge can help connect you to the correct resources.


We will meet you with where technology is while outlining future intentions when new discoveries hit the market.

Additional Resources – Recycling and Vendor Sustainability Information

Our trusted brand partners have helped to outline how to recycle some of the most common hard-to-recycle items on the market. Here is a listing of Sealed Air branded products and how to recycle them – looking for information on a specific product you use? Contact us and we’ll get you the right information!

Product Recycling Information:

Vendor Sustainability Information:

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