A guide on how to make your jewellery packaging sustainable...

With over 18 years experience consulting for the biggest brands in the industry, our packaging technician will guide you through the process of designing jewellery packaging so as to be as sustainable as possible.

If you would like to know about our 6 pillars of Sustainable Packaging please click here

 

Recyclable Jewellery Boxes

After the customer has finished using their jewellery box, many brands hope that the box can be recycled and turned into another product. Having a product that is fully recyclable is considered the holy grail of “being sustainable” but for the jewellery packaging this is hard to achieve.

Most kinds of jewellery boxes are made up of multiple materials such as wood, plastic, fabric, paper and metal. This means that most of the time, jewellery boxes will not be recycled since the materials cannot be split apart easily.

If you want to make your packaging recyclable, you need to either make the boxes from one kind of material such as paper or wood. But for most brands this is not possible since jewellery boxes need fitments to hold rings, earrings, bangles and necklaces. Paper Pulp forming is starting to emerge as a very cool technology to produce sustainable packaging and as of writing this (June 2019) no jewellery brand has produced anything using this sustainable technology. You can read more about paper pulp forming here

The second option is to to design the box so the materials can separated and recycled. This puts the responsibility onto the consumer to do which requires communicating some instructions on how to do it.

But from our point of view, making the jewellery packaging recyclable (whilst it sounds green) is achievable but for many brands, the compromise of the overall aesthetic is too great.

Wrapology have developed a range of paper and card only jewellery packaging, that are 100% recyclable and made from recycled materials. Brands can order the range in any size and colour. You can view some of the designs for our recycled and recyclable jewellery boxes here

 

Biodegradable Jewellery Boxes

This is where we believe jewellery brands should focus when designing sustainable jewellery packaging; designing a product that can degrade as quickly as possible in the equivalent of a garden compost or an landfill or at worst burning in an incinerator without emitting toxic fumes.

The shell of the box is made from corn starch which is derived from a carbon absorbing plant and is sustainable and does not emit toxic fumes when burnt.

Some have reservations about this material because it can contaminate the recycling chain; it looks like a pretroleum based plastic but it cannot be recycled since it degrades. However, as we mentioned previously most jewellery boxes don’t get recycled.

We have a wide range of biodegradable materials to choose from that will work for many types of jewellery. Find out more about our Biomass jewellery boxes here

 

Recycled Jewellery Boxes

Many brands choose to design their jewellery boxes using recycled materials. This means we use recycled paper, fabric and plastic to make your products.

Our caution with “made from recycled materials” claim is that the recycling process can be hugely damaging to the environment if it is not managed properly. Any materials used that claim to be “recycled” should be treated with caution.

We would always advocate knowing the origins of your materials. See below.

 

Sustainably Sourced Materials

Knowing what materials your jewellery boxes use, where they come from and that it is a sustainable source is key in producing sustainable jewellery packaging.

Brands should aim to use FSC approved paper or wood, certified organic fabrics and water based inks and glues. This can all be certified if outlined at the beginning of the project.

 

Summary

In an ideal world your jewellery packaging will follow our 6 pillars of sustainable packaging which means they would be made from only 1 material (paper or wood) and/or with secondary materials that are easily removable.

The next best alternative is to produce jewellery packaging that originates from sustainable sources and degrades quickly.

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