35 Recyclable and Eco-Friendly Packaging Designs for Inspiration

May 10, 2016

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Nowadays, the most popular practice in packaging design is towards the use of eco-friendly materials. These are the ones that which are biodegradable and also recyclable. Indeed, investing in this kind of packaging is worthwhile as are own very existence is under a threat due to our own disregard of our environment. Among the companies, the trend now is to adopt recyclable and eco-friendly packaging designs as part of their thrust to become socially responsible business operators.
In this article, we are sharing with you some of the recyclable and eco-friendly packaging designs that you can use as inspiration. These are ideas encompasses packaging for different types of products. Here you will find that the usual approach in making earth-friendly packaging designs is to use biodegradable, carton or paper-based material to create a variety of packaging. Also pervasive is designing for dual, multi purpose or reusable containers after the same has served its primary function. We are inviting you to share more packaging along this line if you feel that there are still more packaging whose design and materials are eco-friendly. Enjoy!



This is Cuppow – a new lid that lets you drink like a boss from virtually any wide-mouth canning jar. It’s a simple, eco-friendly alternative to poor-performing and messy disposable hot cups, and over-built and expensive travel mugs.


Mode Tea Identity and Package Design

The Mode Tea project was an exploration in sustainable packaging methods and processes. Through extensive research of the principle of sustainability, a packaging scheme was devised which could be fully recycled or reused. The materials proposed would all come from sustainable sources and would not be harmful to the environment.
M13 Functional Juice


Betterdaze Press

did this packaging design for M13 Functional Juice, a small company based in Vancouver. Mark Gainor, the designer says, “We managed to fit an enormous amount of functional ingredients into each bottle and we have incorporated recycled products into our design
palette from day one.”



The Litl webbook packaging is simple, straightforward and designed to appeal to a wide range of ages, embodying Litl’s mission as technology for everyone. The entire package is made from recyclable paper with no plastics or foams used, and the packaging doubles as its own shipping box.
Disposable food bowl
This awesome disposable bowl can be used a seed pot that degrades after some time the seedling has been transplanted.



The brief was to create a package for three varieties of tea (black, green and hibiscus). Natural, eco-friendly colors and textures were used requiring less energy and chemicals. Designed with the utmost care of nature in mind.


360 Paper Bottle

The 360 Paper Bottle is the first of its kind in the world, and a true environmentally-friendly solution to the problem of plastic water bottles. The 360 Paper Bottle is a sustainable vision of the future. It is the first totally recyclable paper container made from 100% renewable resources. Versatile in its range of consumer
applications and made from food-safe and fully recyclable materials, it decreases energy
consumed throughout the product life cycle without sacrificing functionality. It is paper
packaging that stands up to all liquid categories.


Cardboard Laptop Stand

This is a small piece of cardboard that with simple creases becomes a strong laptop cooler, that you can use on the meeting and take with you to your home or office.


Starbucks Recycled Mugs

The Starbucks design team says about these mugs, “This recycled ceramic mug was brought to life in a zero-waste factory in Japan, which reuses the clay of former mugs and dishes to create new ones. It’s a story of reuse and renewal that is told from mug to package. The particles coming together to form words and shapes represent a renewed respect for resources. For from broken bits of ceramic, we can make beautiful things.”


Sennheiser Eco-Friendly Packaging

The packaging is made from cardboard and is 100% recyclable – no nasty plastic clam shell to clog up land fills.”

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