Consumers’ Confusion about Recyclable Packaging

Packaging design and labels have a lot of say to the customers. And if we look at the signs on the labels, it seems no less complicated than traffic light manual for which the readers have to spend time in order to have better understanding. Here, you will have to make sure that you tell your customers the best features of the packaging you are using. You can tell your customers how eco-friendly the packaging and packaging materials are. Since consumers are more conscious about the environment now days, you need to make sure that you also play your role in keeping the environment safe.

The green dot

Seeing a circle with arrows in it, you will surely think about the recyclability of the product package. If you package the products, you will know that it is not sign that represents the recyclability of the package. It is basically a trademark of the companies that collect and recycle packaging materials. However, most of the consumers think about it as a sign of recyclability of the packages. Surely it’s myth that needs to be debunked.

Resin Identification Codes (RICs)

Most of the customers mistake RIC codes as recycling numbers. As a matter of fact, there are several manufacturing industries that call these codes as recycling numbers. The matter of fact is that these numbers do not have to do anything with recycling. These codes basically make the type of plastic resins identifiable. And manufacturing companies also do not claim these numbers to be associated with recycling or sustainability whatsoever.

If you have to use RIC codes on the product packaging, you can go for the latest codes which do not have the chasing arrows. This way, you can prevent your customers from associating these codes with recycling.

Guiding customers about recycling

An ideally workable ideal to talk about here is to guide customers about the recycling. For this purpose, you can develop how-to-recycle labels for the product packaging. As a matter of fact, this concept is always being worked on by Sustainable Packaging Coalition. They are developing How2Recyle labels which you can use on your product packages.

Tips for Right Palletization

While preparing a pallet, you will have to make sure that you are taking care of the balance. It would be worth mentioning here that even the most experienced shippers sometimes struggle with loading and securing pallets in the right way. in this article, we are going to discuss some tips which can surely help you in right palletization.

Picking the right pallet

You may already know about the importance of picking the right pallet. With a little research, you will be able to see that pallets of different sizes and types are available out there. You will have to pick the one that is sturdy enough to carry the load of your products. A standard pallet comes with a measurement of 122 by 100 centimeters and it can carry a load of 2086 kilograms. Make sure that a forklift is able to carry your pallet from all four sides.

Palletization software

If you want to organize and streamline the process of palletization in the ideal way, you can consider using palletization software. An example of the palletization software is the Cape Pack. You may have several stacking options in your mind and you can surely try a few. However, you will be amazed at what Cape Pack can do. This software features a palletizing calculator which takes into consideration the product size, unit count, unit weight, unit size, stacking limits and cargo stability. This software also tells how you can fit the maximum number of units in a pallet without getting the pallet’s safety compromised. If you have too many pallets to manage on a regular basis, you can consider using this software to speed up the operations without getting the quality affected.

Stacking heavy items in the bottom

You will have to make sure that you are stacking heaviest items in the bottom. Placing heavy items in the bottom and placing lighter ones as you move up increase the maneuverability of the pallet. Moreover, a heavy base of the pallet will help proper settlement of the pallet among other pallets in the shipment.

Shrink wraps and straps

Securing the pallets is the major requirement. For this purpose, you are going to need shrink wrap and straps. At least five rounds of shrink wrap around the pallet is the minimum requirement. Then you will need to secure the pallet further with the help of straps. Make sure that you have these supplies ready in order to make the pallet ready as soon as the items are stacked.