Discover 5 Top Alternative Packaging Startups

Curious about new technological advancements in the packaging industry? Explore our analysis of 495 global alternative packaging startups & scaleups and learn how their solutions impact your business!

Out of 495, the Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Alternative Packaging Startups

Startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on package reverse logistics, sustainable packaging materials, bio-based materials, and compostable packaging. While all of these technologies play a significant role in advancing the packaging industry, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. This time, you get to discover five hand-picked alternative packaging startups.

The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the geographical distribution of 495 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights five packaging startups that we hand-picked based on scouting criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these five startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 490 alternative packaging solutions, get in touch with us.

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ZeroPlast Labs makes Compostable Packages

Founding year: 2019
Location: Pune, India
Partner with ZeroPlast Labs for Sustainable Packaging

Indian startup ZeroPlast Labs creates a compostable alternative material to single-use plastics. The startup’s proprietary technology, CelluBlend, blends cellulose with bio-based additives and binders. This results in the production of biodegradable composites that are viable to develop flexible and rigid products. The startup’s products, Zeroplast Sol, Zeroplast lite, and Zeroplast free, are water-soluble and suitable for serial production with industrial injection molding. ZeroPlast Labs allows packaging companies to replace plastic and, in turn, reduce plastic waste.

ecoSPIRITS produces Reusable Spirit Containers

Founding year: 2018
Location: Singapore
Collaborate with ecoSPIRITS for Glass Bottle Alternatives

Singaporean startup ecoSPIRITS innovates in closed-loop distribution technology. The startup’s reusable alternative to glass bottles, ecoTOTE, eliminates packaging waste in the spirits supply chain. Spirits are processed and packed in distilleries and sent to bars in ecoTOTE. Once used, the containers are sent back to the startup’s plant where it gets washed, cleaned, sanitized, and refilled for next use. This significantly reduces the carbon footprint of the spirit industry and reduces glass packaging waste.

Opopop offers Zero-waste Parcel Service

Founding year: 2019
Location: Paris, France
Work with Opopop for Returnable & Reusable eCommerce Packages

French startup Opopop provides a zero-waste parcel service for eCommerce. The startup upcycles textile industry byproducts to make its bags. eCommerce merchants partner with Opopop’s platform to utilize these reusable and returnable packages. The startup’s team receives, cleans, checks, repairs, and delivers the reusable packages in batches whenever necessary. These eco-sourced and ecodesign-inspired packages significantly reduce single-use parcel packaging waste of e-merchants.

Cyclic Design provides Refillable Toiletry Packs

Founding year: 2019
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Use this solution for Circular Packaging

German startup Cyclic Design develops sustainable alternatives to tackle packaging waste. The startup’s refillable and reusable bio-based polypropylene (Bio-PE) bottle, Nepenthes, uses sugarcane fiber. It is suitable for extrusion, injection molding, and blow molding as well as is suitable for filling personal care products like shower gels, shampoos, and more. Cyclic Design partners with personal care brands and leverages a circular economy-based approach to reduce the usage of single-use plastic bottle-based toiletries.

Again enables Decentralized Reusable Packaging

Founding year: 2021
Location: London, UK
Partner with Again for Automated Package Micro Cleaning Facilities

UK-based startup Again provides reusable packaging for fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands. Its decentralized network of automated and micro cleaning facilities, CleanCells, uses less water and energy compared to traditional recycling methods. CleanCells uses advanced systems to clean used packages and redistribute them back into the economy. Again allows FMCG companies to reuse their packaging at lesser costs than single-use packaging, thereby decreasing the amount of waste.

Where is this Data from & how to Discover More Packaging Startups?

Staying ahead of the technology curve means strengthening your competitive advantage. That is why we give you data-driven innovation insights into the packaging industry. The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from our Big Data & Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 2 093 000+ startups & scaleups globally. The platform gives you an exhaustive overview of emerging technologies & lets you scout relevant startups within a specific field in just a few clicks. To explore packaging technologies in more detail, let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, download our free Packaging Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.

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