If you think packaging goods is simple, boring, and does not require an intensive innovation process, that is certainly not the case. Packaging has seen a huge overhaul in the last few years and 2021 comes bearing customized innovations that will change the way customers view and treat their packages.
From more environment-friendly options to smart packages and custom packaging, there are seemingly endless ways to redefine packaging as we know it.
Given the rise of various nuances, updates, innovations, and new technologies we have seen in the past several years, the packaging world is in high demand.
Especially in a world taken by a pandemic, packaging innovations are not just important to implement, by business-essential as well.
In this post, we will take a look at the top 5 packaging innovations of 2021, their significance in today’s changing world, and the expectations that come with relying on the newly imposed provisions.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought along an enormous change in our daily lives.
Instead of dining at bars and restaurants, consumers today seem to be all about ordering smartly packaged foods, delivered to their doorstep.
Smart packaging extends way beyond just food, now concerning a line of indoor establishments – cafes, shopping malls, pharmacies, and everything in-between.
As a result, 2021 will become the year of grab-and-go packaging. As a sustainable solution, this packaging can hold everything from fruits, vegetables, salsa, dressings, drugs, medical products, clothing, and almost anything that can be packed.
The packaging comes as highly recommended mostly due to its optimized performance, environment-supported durability, and the variety of sizes, fit for every product you want packed.
Zero Waste Packaging
The world aims to become greener and more environmentally oriented as people begin to gravitate to sustainable and eco-friendly options, packaging including. In today’s pollution-rich world, nothing works better than zero-waste packaging. As plastic packaging is highly toxic and abundant too, this packaging offers reduced waste, cleaner deserts and oceans, trash-free forests, and thriving animal kingdoms.
In striving to diminish waste and the overuse of plastic, zero waste packaging is rapidly making its debut, yet comes at a saltier price, compared to other packaging alternatives. Nevertheless, Universal Biopack has made packaging from natural plants all in an effort to eventually replace Styrofoam and eradicate the use of plastic packaging. Zero-waste packaging is made from bamboo and cassava sourced from scraps of chopsticks manufactured in Thailand.
Self-Heating Food Packaging
Whether too lazy to use a microwave, or lacking a heat source while eating on-the-go, self-heating food packaging is as current, real, and practical as can be. The packaging uses a mini hot pot, activated once you add water to it. Now, all you have to do is add water to the pack, wait some fifteen minutes, and enjoy your heated-up meal. With it, you can cook instant foods such as soup, rice, pasta, and others. The idea is genius and enables consumers to always eat fresh, warm, and safely prepared food – outside their homes and elsewhere.
The Disappearing Packaging
While it may sound ominous, the disappearing packaging will be a trending demand in 2021. To be honest, our chaotic lives give us barely any time to eat healthily and stay fit. However, Notpla revolutionized the packaging industry and allowed consumers to stay nourished with liquid food on the go. Their newfound packaging is made of seaweed and plants, making it 100% biodegradable – and edible.
The packaging ‘disappears’, meaning biodegrades, in a few weeks and all through a natural decomposition process. While solving a great environmental issue, the disappearing packaging offers the most nutritious liquid food available, to be consumed anywhere.
Bees Wrap Packaging
Tinfoil and plastic wrap have always been popular ways to store leftovers, keep them refrigerated, and have them on the go. However, these types of food packaging are both toxic and create a whole lot of waste. To put a stop to both, and prevent the overuse of plastic wrappings, many consider using bees wrap packaging, a trend bound to take the world by storm!
Bees Wrap can be used just like tinfoil and plastic wrap, but it is made from beeswax, organic cotton, tree resin, and jojoba oil, all of which hold the packaging together and protect your food at the same time. This packaging reduces your waste, and also saves you money in the long run, since the wrapping is both washable and reusable.