25 Eco-Friendly Packaging Design Concepts

Consumers are becoming more and more environment-conscious and have started to demand eco-friendly packaging for products from manufacturers. As a response, there have been a tremendous effort from the part of manufacturers to project themselves as eco-friendly by coming up with products and packaging that are not harmful to the environment.

Food and drink packaging, for one, can be both costly and a detriment to the environment. When packaging such as plastic, styrofoam cups and plates are thrown away, they end up in a landfill where they stay for hundreds of years before they completely decompose.

Who says that eco-friendly packaging designs are boring? Here, we listed down 25 creative packaging that are not only stunning but also good for our environment. For more product packaging examples, check out our roundup of milk packaging design ideas.


EXAMPLES OF ECO-FRIENDLY PACKAGING DESIGNS

01-Lacoste Eco/Techno Polo Eco-Friendly Packaging

The concept was to explore two very different materials and the technology used in the production process of these special edition eco shirts from Lacoste. The most eco-friendly way to package the eco polo was not to print on the packaging at all but use embossing instead. The techno polo is vacuum-packaged in screen-printed foil.

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02-Sennheiser Eco-Friendly Packaging

This eco-friendly packaging for Sennheiser CX 300 ear phones makes use of cardboard and is 100 percent recyclable – “no nasty plastic clam shell to clog up land fills.”

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03-Light Bulb Package Redesign

This eco-friendly packaging is for General Electric high-end light bulbs. This packaging design was created with sustainability in mind.

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04-Phycisian’s Formula Organic Wear

Here is an eco-friendly packaging for a mascara from Physician’s Formula. Its 100 percent recyclable eco-brush defines each lash with ultra-soft plastic bristles and is claimed to be 100 percent free of harsh chemicals, synthetic preservatives, etc.

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05-Reserve Collection Coffee Packaging

These is a nice yet eco-friendly packaging for coffee.

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06-GreenYard Winery

An eco-friendly packaging for a wine label created with sustainability in mind.

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07-COLORLESS–an eco-friendly package proposal for Coca-cola

This design makes use of a convex logo in place of the traditional painted cans. Naked can helps in reducing air and water pollution from the coloring process. It also reduces energy and effort to separate toxic color paint from aluminum in recycling process.

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08-Yellow+Blue = Green ( Organic Wines in Recyclable Tetra Packs)

This packaging that tells the Yellow+Blue story for the company’s four eco-friendly, organic wines: Malbec, Torrontes, Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé.

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09-TOT-a-LOT Eco-Friendly Packaging

A brand dedicated to design clothes for twins. It makes use eco-friendly materials and inks, creating a packaging design that is simple but impressive.

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10-An Eco-friendly Packaging Design Concept for Tide

Environmentally friendly laundry soap that uses only what is necessary to get your clothes fresh and clean while keeping the ecological impact low.

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11-Eco Undies

An eco-friendly packaging design for an eco-friendly underwear. It makes use of organic cotton, which are dye free and bleach free.

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12-Sustainable CD Case

Here’s a simple concept to replace the traditional CD case. The system features a detachable continuous strip adaptable to the number of CDs. This package contains no adhesive and is made of recyclable cardboard.

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13-Meaty Packaging

The packaging is completely biodegradable. Since the paper was treated with water proof starch, it is completely nonabsorbent to prevent any unsightly damp spots and discoloration.

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14-Roll-Out Veg Mat

A simple, fun solution which could encourage families and individuals to grow there own food, saving them money and of course the environment.The final design solution was a simple nutrient enriched corrugated cardboard seed mat.

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15-Puma Clever Little Bag

By providing structure to a cardboard sheet, the bag uses 65 percent less cardboard than the standard shoe box, has no laminated printing, no tissue paper, takes up less space and weighs less in shipping, and replaces the plastic retail bag.

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16-CD Case (Student Work)

Here is another sleek concept for CD storage. It proposes a classification system that reduces the handling of plastic cases and complex envelopes and gathers all disks in standard size DVD boxes. The material used is made of simple recycled Kraft chipboard and printed in one color. The design allows generous space for the identification and description of content.

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17-Olive Poop Bags

It seems strange that conscientious dog owners pick up their dog’s poo (which is 100% biodegradable)…only to pop it into a plastic bag that will be with us for 100 or so years.

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18-Bee Yogurt

Bee manufactures environmentally-friendly goat cheese and yogurt. Its products are absolutely natural and it follows bio dynamic agricultural practices in its own farm.

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19-Incredible Dissolving Bag

A new packaging material called harmless-dissolve which was created in the UK by Cyberpac.

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20-Märsödal Farm

Identity and packaging concept for ecological farm products. Together with the ecological look, A classic French cloth pattern is combined with a classic use of typography to create a one-of-a-kind branded experience.

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21-The eBay Box

eBay just launched a new set of reusable boxes as part of a pilot program to make shipping a little greener. Starting in October, the company is giving away 100,000 shipping boxes to eBay sellers, and encouraging reuse. According to eBay, if we use each box five times, the program could protect nearly 4,000 trees, save 2.4 million gallons of water, and conserve enough electricity to power 49 homes for a year.

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22-Student Spotlight: J. Chris Schwartz

Everything on the menu has peanuts and all designs uses raw materials and screen printing.

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23-Hangerpak (Student Work)

Here is a sustainable and reusable way to send and keep your t-shirts. As you open the package you create a coat hanger. The packaging consists recyclable material.

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24-60 Bag

These bags are the perfect natural answer to the environment’s needs. They are biodegradable carrier bags that make use of flax-viscose non-woven fabric from Poland. The flax-viscose fabric is produced with flax fiber industrial waste, which means it doesn’t exploit any natural resources and requires minimal energy during its production.

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25-Revelry Wines

According to 425 Magazine, the “unique, boxed design holds almost twice the amount of wine that a bottle holds, isn’t susceptible to cork taint and keeps wine fresh for several weeks after opening”. It is also recyclable.

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