Seventh Generation Packaging Goes Recyclable

April 14, 2016


Seventh Generation has made plant-based home products for over 27 years and is probably best known for its cleaning products. The company is dedicated to making its products as green as possible. In fact, that’s where the name comes from. According to the company, they got it from the Great Law of the Iroquois, which say, “in our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.”

Any reader of our blog knows how important sustainability is to all of us at Ernest, and we couldn’t agree more with that idea—which is why we were pretty excited when they introduced their new sustainable dishwashing detergent packaging in January.

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And they’re not the only one. Other companies across the industry are doing the same thing, like Grab Green and Mrs. Meyers.
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All of these companies are focused on natural products. While the detergent and the plastic holding it in place are biodegradable, they ran into a snag with the plastic bag.

Can you see that bag had to be waterproof, because even a little moisture could turn all of those lovely little packs into a gluey mess of powder and half-dissolved plastic? The new packaging changes everything. Now made out of recyclable polyethylene, the bag can be dropped off with other poly bags at recycling locations like the bag drops at your local grocery store.

Why is this so important to Ernest? Because it highlights something that we’ve been saying for years—your package design is a vital part of your customer experience and your brand. In this case, you had companies dedicate to natural products using packaging that wasn’t environmentally sound.

With a simple change, these companies are bringing their packaging in line with their brand promise. And, as a result, creating a greater customer experience.

Want to find out how you can create a better customer experience? Check out our “Unboxing Better Customer Experiences” white paper!

This is the kind of packaging ingenuity that we love at Ernest—little changes that make a big difference. In fact, many of our clients are surprised how a simple change in their package design can completely change the costs, sustainability, and usability of their products.

Curious about which changes you can make to your products’ packaging? Contact us today to get a packaging audit!