Encourage manufacturers to package their products in easy-to-open packaging, make use of recyclable materials for packaging.
One of the industry top users of industrial paper and packaging, Amazon, developed the frustration-free packaging (FFP) program. their packaging is designed without plastic clamshells, wire ties, and other redundant packaging features, so it’s super easy to open and 100% recyclable. Cross-reference with your current suppliers to identify if a similar program can be integrated. If not consider some form of program adoption to ensure paper waste reduction (https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Frustration-Free-Packaging/b?node=5521637011)