China Packaging: Sustainable Packaging

Sustainable Packaging

Businesses and customers alike are becoming more eco-friendly, and sustainable packaging is a trend that is continuing to grow. Customers like knowing that their purchases have a low impact on the environment, and Kanary can help businesses get packaging that makes their customers happy at an approachable, reasonable price. 

Kanary Can Source Any Sustainable Packaging

Kanary is full of sourcing experts, with deep expertise in connecting with China factories. If you don't see the specific kind of packaging you need on this page, Kanary can help. We can connect you with niche factories, and we can connect you with suppliers that can make prototype packaging options for novel, unique products.

Customized Sustainable Packaging
Sustainable packaging customized to preference, with any design or material. Generic packaging can be customized or prototype packaging can be developed.
PCR Mylar Bags for Cannabis
PCR (post consumer recycled) mylar bags for retail cannabis sale. Available with graphic design and branding support, as well as in multiple sizes.
Sustainable Fruit & Vegetable Packaging
Packaging to keep fruits and vegetables fresher for longer. Available in multiple materials and designs, with prototyping services available as needed.
Biodegradable Soil Bags
Biodegradable soil bags available in a variety of materials, including paper and cotton. Branding and labeling services available as needed.
Biodegradable Sealable Bags
Biodegradable sealable bags available in multiple designs and styles. Can be catered to specific products and can be made food-grade as needed.
Sustainable Skin Care Packaging
Sustainable packaging for skin care products, including glass, recycled glass, aluminum, and more. Available in multiple styles and designs.
Recyclable and Recycled Shipping Boxes
Shipping boxes that are recyclable and made from recycled materials. Available in a variety of designs and can be made custom-fit for novel products.
PCR Packaging
PCR (post-consumer recycled material) packaging for a wide variety of purposes. Standard and custom packaging available, along with multiple material choices.
Compostable Food and Candy Film
Compostable food and candy film for fruits, vegetables, and a variety of confectionary products. Available in multiple sizes and can be catered to specific food products.
Recyclable Lunch Boxes and Bags
Recyclable, lunch boxes and bags for restaurant carry-out. Multiple designs available, with customizations or prototyping services optional.
Jute Packaging
Naturally-sustainable jute packaging for coffee and other similar products. Available in multiple styles with graphic design services available.
Compostable Coffee Packaging
Compostable coffee packaging for retail sale. Available in a number of compostable options, with branding and graphic design support available.
Biodegradable Plastic Packaging
Biodegradable plastic packaging for any product. Food-grade plastic packaging is also available, and biodegradable options can be sourced in any size or design.
Compostable Garment Bags
Compostable garment bags for eco-friendly, ecommerce clothing operations. Available in multiple designs, colors, and graphic design options.
Recycled Glass Jars
Glass jars made from recycled glass, available wholesale. Support included to avoid patent infringement with branding and customization services available.
Recycled Glass Bottles
Glass bottles made from recycled glass, available wholesale and in any size or design. Certifications available as well as branding supporting, like labeling and graphic design.

Sourcing Sustainable Packaging: Step-by-Step


Confirm Packaging Needs

Kanary knows you need your packaging recyclable, but our team digs deeper into your specific needs. We confirm the kind of product you need packaged, who your current suppliers are (if any), and additional packaging your business may need that you've not yet considered.


Sustainable Packaging Supplier Search

After our team has a firm grasp on the specifics of what you need, Kanary begins an expansive supplier search. We start with 30-50 potential factory options and narrow the list based on pricing, lead times, and general compatibility with your business and needs. When we've identified 3-5 promising options, we begin a more thorough look at each factory.


Sampling and Supplier Selection

Kanary performs due diligence in vetting suppliers, including visiting factories, interviewing factory managers and owners, and examining the current level of manufacturing quality. Our team also schedules sample delivery, and we can help clients evaluate sample quality. Then, Kanary helps clients perform a final evaluation of options to make a final factory selection.


Mass Production

When a final selection is made, Kanary supervises mass production in person. As production issues or concerns arise, Kanary is on-site to quickly respond and resolve problems to keep manufacturing running smoothly. As products are finished, Kanary ensures that they are properly prepared for shipment whether that's for sea freight shipping, air delivery, or even a 3PL on another continent.


Sea Freight Shipping and Clearing Customs

Kanary books containers for sea freight shipping, helps you prepare for customs, and monitors shipments as they make their way to destination ports. Upon arrival, Kanary monitors the customs process, letting you know what delays (if any) occur and keeping you informed of the most current timelines for clearance.


Final Delivery

Once customs is cleared, Kanary coordinates with domestic freight partners for the final delivery of your product. If there are product issues upon delivery, Kanary facilitates communication between you and your factory to make sure any problems are resolved to your satisfaction.

Want to Source Sustainable Packaging? Contact Kanary

Kanary can source any kind of recyclable or sustainable packaging at a quality you can trust and a price you will love. Contact us, and we'll take you through your sourcing options and create a supply chain strategy that is a perfect fit for your business.

Words from our clients

I’ve been in this industry for a long time and I was surprised that Kanary was able to help find us machines for a 1/3 of the cost compared with US and European manufacturers. What I really enjoy with Kanary is that they constantly keep me in the loop and get back to me almost instantaneously. What’s also great is that they kept me in the loop with the shipping, customs clearance, delivery, and also arrange travels for engineers from the factory to install our equipment.  The quality has been outstanding and I’m in the process of building out a new facility with them.
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I’ve been in the construction industry for over 30 years. We’ve always bought from US distributors. I reached out to Kanary out of curiosity to see if we could find similar construction materials of high quality. I did not think they were going to make much progress and so I was shocked when they found the exact manufacturer that my distributors have been buying from within 2 weeks. They were able to make contact and have the factory send me samples within a week.  By connecting directly with the factory, we’re looking at savings of over 30%.
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We’ve done quite a few different packaging projects with Kanary in the past (Child-resistant packaging, glass jars, plastic bags, shipper boxes, etc.). We sent AI files to Kanary, who then worked directly with the factory's design team to make prototypes of the packaging. Our in-house designer is very particular about our designs and Kanary was really flexible and worked with us when our designers wanted to make changes in the packaging development process. They were able to manufacture different prototypes at different price points, which gave us options when making our final decision.
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Sustainable Packaging FAQs

How expensive is it to replace standard plastic packaging with biodegradable plastic packaging?

The upfront price difference between standard plastic packaging and biodegradable plastic packaging can be significant. Depending on your current pricing and what specific sustainable plastic packaging you want, the difference can be upwards of 50% or more on the upfront price. 

However, businesses should be discouraged about the upfront price of sustainable packaging if they really want to pivot to an eco-friendly option. There's a lot of factors that can reduce the overall pricing, including: 

  • State or federal incentives for using sustainable packaging (when available)
  • Municipal incentives for using sustainable packaging (where available)
  • Reduction of waste fees associated with the use of non-sustainable ecommerce packaging

How you get your packaging can reduce the upfront pricing, too. Kanary can help you connected with a great factory at reasonable prices by:

  • Connecting you with a factory that specializes in the kind of sustainable packaging you need
  • Negotiating on your behalf for the best contract that both you and the factory will be happy with

Reducing the overall costs through efficient sea freight shipping through strategies like consolidated shipping.

Are glass bottles and jars recyclable?

Yes! Glass jars and bottles (but not necessarily other glass products) can be recycled. In fact, they can be "endlessly recycled," which means they can be broken down and reused without sacrificing quality. Kanary can help you connect with a factory in China that specializes in recycled glass packaging materials if you struggle to find a supplier that's a good fit for your needs. 

What can I use for eco-friendly packaging for cosmetic products?

There's a lot of eco-friendly packaging options you can consider for cosmetic products, and what options you choose will depend on the kind of product you're selling (as well as how you're selling it). Here are a few options to consider:

  • Glass: Glass jars and bottles are 100% recyclable (and they can even be broken down and reused with purity or quality issues). If your product can be packaged in glass jars or bottles, they're a good eco-friendly choice.
  • Tin: Tin cans are recyclable and cost-effective, making them a good eco-friendly choice for cosmetic products that can be shipped in tin. 
  • Aluminum: Aluminum is another common metal used in packaging and is readily recyclable. 
  • Bioplastics: Bioplastics are a kind of plastic that are made from a biological source, which means they can be composted or will otherwise biodegrade in landfills.

Are cardboard shipping boxes recyclable?

Yes! The vast majority of any cardboard can be recycled, especially shipping boxes. You can encourage customers to recycle shipping boxes as part of an eco-friendly brand campaign, or you can use recycled cardboard as your shipping choice.

What packaging materials are naturally sustainable?

The following materials are generally naturally sustainable:

  • Glass jars and bottles: Glass jars and bottles can be endlessly recycled, making them a great natural, sustainable choice.
  • Cardboard: Cardboard is usually recyclable, meaning you don't need to source specialty "recyclable cardboard" for your shipping or packaging materials. 
  • Tin and aluminum: Both tin and aluminum are naturally recyclable.

Can I still get graphic design services on recyclable or sustainable packaging?

Yes! Kanary can make sure you get the graphic design services you need any packaging you source through us, including specialty sustainable packaging.

Are aluminum and tin packaging materials recyclable?

Yes! Aluminum and tin packaging materials are naturally recyclable, making them great sustainable packaging choices.

Can I trust China factories to make sustainable packaging materials?

Yes. The idea that factories in China can't be trusted is a myth, and domestic businesses regularly source advanced, high-quality sustainable packaging materials through China factories. The problem is finding a factory that's a good fit, since there are some unique challenges to that when looking to buy from China, like language barriers and general cultural differences. 

Quality control can potentially be a problem (just like in any factory, regardless of location). It's harder to keep tabs on production if you don't have a physical presence in China, and many businesses forgo other steps to ensure that their products can be produced as requested (like taking the time to request and review samples). 

The challenges of successfully connecting with a China factory that offers compatible services is why many businesses turn to the help of a 3rd-party specialist that can help make and manage a factory connection, like Kanary.

How can I incorporate sustainable packaging materials into my ecommerce supply chain?

If switching to sustainable packaging causes you to incorporate a new factory into your supply chain, you may be positioned to make novel changes. If you end up sourcing both your packaging and your product from similar locations, you could have a few options to incorporate your new packaging into your supply chain:

  • Consolidated shipping: If you aren't interested in fulfilling orders from China, sourcing both packaging and products from China may make consolidated shipping a viable option. In consolidated shipping, products are temporarily stored until an entire container can be filled for sea freight shipping. This helps to keep your shipping costs in check, and it allows you to clear customs more efficiently. 
  • China fulfillment: If you're open to different fulfillment options, you could consider fulfilling orders directly from China. In this strategy, we help you connect with a fulfillment center in China (like EcommOps) that receives and ships orders to customers without the need of sea freight shipping at all.

What products can I package in compostable bioplastics?

There's not really any products you can't package in compostable bioplastics (with the exception of potentially hazardous materials that require specialty packaging). Bioplastics generally replace food-grade plastic packaging, but businesses can consider replacing any plastic packaging with a compostable option.

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