Completing Packaging

The Packaging section should be used to specify any primary and secondary packaging that has not already been accounted for in the Bill of Materials section.

Primary packaging is material that immediately covers the product. For example, primary packaging can consist of a plastic film or bag, or paper wrapping. Secondary packaging is packaging or containment of a primary package. For example, a cardboard box containing multiple products together is considered secondary packaging. Tertiary packaging (packaging designed to prevent damage from physical handling and transport, such as a shipping pallet) does not need to be included.

Users can select different packaging options for online sales and offline sales. “Offline Sales” corresponds with the “In Store” percentage from the Distribution Info section.

When listing primary and secondary packaging, users can include any materials created in the Packaging Library of the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI). This includes the Example Packaging options. All materials created in the MSI’s Packaging Library are specified in “units” and a number of units must be entered for each packaging material to proceed to the next section.