DS Smith Packaging Data: Business Sales Signal Consumer Shopping Surge for Home, Personal Care Goods and Alcohol

Businesses that faced pandemic struggles are showing signs of recovery, increasing orders with leading sustainable packaging producer DS Smith in response to consumer demand for more home and personal care products, updated wardrobes and even alcohol.

Among the highlights of DS Smith’s report, comparing the first six months of 2021 to that same period last year, its customer sales of shipping and storage boxes for:

  • Home and personal care products jumped 296 percent;
  • Fashion and accessories grew 105 percent;
  • Distilled spirits went up 372 percent and beer increased 53 percent;
  • Supplies of wine leaped a whopping 847 percent;
  • Packaging sales in the sport, leisure and toy category increased 99 percent;
  • Luggage and footwear packaging made a significant 221 percent jump;
  • Packaging for retailers selling auto parts and related equipment and industrial accessories rose 137 percent; and
  • Sales spiked 17 percent for furniture and home décor.

DS Smith said the increase in sales this year stems in part from packaging customers embracing the company’s sustainability efforts. DS Smith offers fiber-based, recyclable, plastic-free paper products, and the company’s innovative packaging designs give businesses effective shipping and storage solutions.

DS Smith’s Circular Design Principles, which launched last year in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, helps its customers innovate by building sustainability and inclusivity into packaging during the design phase.

DS Smith, in its operations, supports a circular economy that aims to reduce and eliminate waste and advocates for the reuse of materials, including its box-to-box in 14 days model that ensures boxes are collected, recycled and turned into new boxes within two weeks.

The company’s purpose is to “Redefine Packaging for a Changing World,” and as part of its “Now and Next Sustainability Strategy” and commitment to the circular economy, the company by 2030 will use packaging and recycling to replace problem plastics, reduce customer carbon and eliminate consumer packaging waste.

For more information, visit https://www.dssmith.com.

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