55% of consumers are willing to pay more for environmentally friendly products. DesignRush reached out to experts to discover the ways consumers can recognize greenwashing in packaging design.

MIAMI - APRIL 26, 2022

According to LendingTree, 55% of consumers would pay more for environmentally friendly products. It suggests why the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN) reports that 40% of organizations make misleading and potentially law-breaking environmental claims.

DesignRush, a B2B marketplace connecting businesses with agencies, leveraged its 13,000-agencies-strong network for quick insights – or “QuickSights” – on the ways consumers can recognize greenwashing in packaging design.

1) LOOK FOR PROOF OR SUPPORTING INFORMATION

Megan Killion Consulting CEO Megan Killion claims that some companies market single-use plastic bottles as environmentally friendly. As this is a common example of greenwashing, consumers should be suspicious if the business cannot explicitly provide proof of its claims.

“If you notice that a package is plastic and not reusable, but the company claims they are ‘green’ in their marketing, you’ve likely fallen victim to greenwashing,” said Killion. “Greenwashing is usually indicated by selective disclosure, symbolic actions, hidden trade-offs, lack of proof, suggestive imagery and overall vagueness regarding green efforts. If a business cannot tell you explicitly how they are contributing to less waste and benefiting our environment, it’s likely just a marketing ploy.”

Pratika Poorswani, founder and creative head at PopWorks Design House, also agrees that if packaging statements lack supporting information, they are not truly green.

“Inspect ingredient lists on products,” said Poorswani. “If the text on these packages lacks substantial information, there’s probably a reason for that — because there’s no substance to their claims! For example, a product may read x% biodegradable — the product is either completely biodegradable within human life or not, there’s no in-between.”

2) CHECK PRODUCT CERTIFICATIONS

Robin Hamer, a packaging specialist at Wabs Print, says that consumers should look for approved seals to help verify the claims.

“[...] If you’re in a hurry, always remember to look out for approved seals such as USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project, Fair Trade Certified, Rainforest Alliance Certified and many more,” said Hamer. [You] should have proper knowledge of these verifications in order [to] be sure of what you’re going to get and how it’s processed.”

DesignRush released the April list of the best packaging design companies that can help businesses present their products authentically:

1. Highway 61 - highway-61.ch
Expertise: Visual Identity, Packaging & Product Design, Branding Strategy and more

2. Megan Killion Consulting - megankillion.com
Expertise: Brand Design, Logo Design, Graphic Design and more

3. Awesome Sauce Creative - awesomesauce.in
Expertise: Brand Strategy, Brand Identity, Packaging Design and more

4. Wabs Print - wabsprint.co.uk
Expertise: Packaging Design, Printing, Graphic Design and more

5. Start Motion Media - startmotionmedia.com
Expertise: Packaging Design, Photography, Video Production and more

6. The Felice Agency - feliceagency.com
Expertise: Branding, Packaging Design, Logo Design and more

7. iBerg Designs - ibergdesigns.com
Expertise: UI/UX Design, Brand Design, Packaging Design and more

8.. PopWorks Design House - popworksdesigns.com
Expertise: Graphic Design, Packaging Design, Creative Strategy and more

9. INZA - inzadesign.com
Expertise: Logo Identity, Brand Positioning, Marketing Collaterals and more

10. Metod Studio - metodstudio.com
Expertise: Brand Strategy, Visual Identity, Packaging and more

Brands can explore the top packaging design companies by location, size, average hourly rate and portfolio on DesignRush.

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