May 16, 2024

Implementing Eco-Friendly Packaging To Your Bakery Business: Is it Doable?

In today’s world, where environmental sustainability is increasingly prioritised by consumers, the food industry is undergoing a transformation towards eco-friendly practices. Within this shift, bakeries hold a significant role due to their widespread appeal and steady market demand. In Australia, bakery products are staples consumed across all age groups and socio-economic segments, contributing to the market size of the Bread and Cake Retailing industry, which stood at $684.5 million in 2024, thanks to the popularity of bakery items such as snacks and desserts, coupled with the emergence of artisanal bakeries offering premium-quality products. 

In this blog post, we’ll explore practical steps for implementing eco-friendly packaging in your bakery without compromising your business steady growth and sales.

Understanding Eco-Friendly Bakery Packaging

Before diving into implementation, let’s define what eco-friendly packaging entails. Eco-friendly packaging refers to materials and practices that minimise environmental impact throughout their lifecycle, from production to disposal. These materials are often biodegradable, compostable, or made from renewable resources to further reduce waste and pollution, adhering to the circular economy.

Assessing Current Packaging Practices

The first step in transitioning to eco-friendly bakery packaging is to assess your current practices. Take stock of the materials you currently use and evaluate their environmental impact. Consider factors such as recyclability, biodegradability, and energy consumption during production. Identify areas for improvement and set realistic goals for transitioning to eco-friendly alternatives.

Choosing Sustainable Packaging Materials

Next, research packaging options that are customisable, durable and food-grade safe. Here are the most popular bakery and patisserie packaging from Myerton Packaging you can consider:

  • Greaseproof paper: Designed to replace traditional plastic-lined paper bags, it’s perfect for wrapping and containing items with high butter and oil content, ensuring they stay fresh and secure without leaking. Ideal for various applications, greaseproof paper provides an eco-friendly and efficient alternative for both commercial and household use, helping to reduce plastic waste while maintaining functionality and convenience.

Greaseproof Paper for Bakery Packaging

  • Food-Safe Patisserie Box: Best for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, muffins and more, these are made from 100% food-grade board, free from any fluorescent whitening agents (FWAs) that could potentially pose risks to your health. These patisserie boxes are made sustainably using kraft paper, white cardboard white food grade board or white food grade board with kraft back in various shapes and sizes! Added embellishment such as embossing, foil stamping and spot UV can provide branding as well.

Food-Safe Patisserie Box

  • FSC-Certified Printed Cake & Dessert Bag: Fully recyclable and naturally biodegradable, this type of bag is crafted from FSC-certified papers sourced from sustainably managed forests, including recycled paper and bagasse fibre derived from renewable annual growth plants. Not to mention, with the right supplier, you can go for custom bags instead of stock to show your brand visual and colours.

FSC Certified Printed Dessert Paper Bag

  • Compostable Labels & Stickers: Their ability to break down in industrial composting facilities, eliminating the need for customers to peel them off when discarding packaging and their minimal environmental footprint, being made mostly from natural and renewable resources, makes it an ideal choice for personalising patisserie boxes in a sustainable way!

Compostable Label Tape for Bakery Packaging

Implementing Eco-Friendly Packaging Solutions

Transitioning to eco-friendly packaging presents various challenges, ranging from resistance from stakeholders to limitations in accessing eco-friendly materials within your local area. Here are some strategies you can implement:

  • Start by sourcing sustainable packaging suppliers and testing new materials. Partner with a local supplier to test out different materials to create your very own sustainable and branded packaging. Compare costs as sometimes custom packaging can be cheaper when ordered in bulk but with all the benefits of a branded look.
  • Train your staff on proper handling and disposal of eco-friendly packaging to ensure compliance and collaborate with your supply chain. The end cycle of each packaging is as important as the curation of each packing material.
  • Update your marketing materials to communicate your commitment to sustainability. This level of transparency allows a new gateway of trust and partnership with your current customer base and attracts new customers who are committed to supporting sustainable practices.

Monitoring and Continuous Improvement

Monitoring and continuous improvement are crucial aspects of implementing eco-friendly practices. Here are some steps that can be taken:

  • Establish Metrics: Identify key performance indicators (KPIs) related to your eco-friendly packaging initiatives. This could include the amount of waste reduced, the percentage of materials recycled, or the reduction in carbon emissions.
  • Stay Updated: Keep abreast of the latest developments in sustainable packaging technology like the APCO National Targets. Attend industry conferences, subscribe to relevant publications, and network with other professionals in the field.
  • Adopt and Improve: Be open to changing your strategies based on new information or technologies. Remember, sustainability is a journey, not a destination.
  • Communicate Your Commitment: Let your customers know about your commitment to environmental sustainability. This not only enhances your bakery’s reputation but also encourages customers to support your eco-friendly initiatives.

Wrapping It Up

In conclusion, implementing eco-friendly bakery packaging is not only beneficial for the environment but also for your business if you consider the benefits to your marketing initiatives. By taking proactive steps to reduce your environmental footprint, you can attract eco-conscious customers, build brand loyalty, and contribute to a healthier planet– one packaging at a time without losing your identity!

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