I would like to describe a business process that can either undergo a qualitative or a quantitative change and seek a better wording to contrast the two terms. Specifically, I am describing an ecological improvement in product packaging when one can either physically reduce packaging material (quantitative) or change the quality of packaging material (qualitative).

Which set of two terms can successfully replace the quantitative vs. qualitative meaning in this context?

EDIT: This is the actual piece of my essay that uses these terms, which I felt was not as precise as it could potentially be:

There are two major ways, quantitative and qualitative, to make product packaging more environmentally friendly. With the quantitative improvement, product packaging undergoes a physical reduction of material use, whereas with the qualitative improvement, only the nature of packaging material is changed.

  • I at first thought of contrasting the words "physical" and "aesthetic", but after some thought realized that these two words are too vague and can easily describe the both processes. – Olga Jul 27 '16 at 13:42
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    Can you not just say "amount of packaging" vs "type of packaging"? – Max Williams Jul 27 '16 at 13:54
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    Can you elaborate on why you would want to replace a couple of very well-understood words, and do so in what I understand to be a formal context? Especially in a formal context, I would expect your audience to know and understand the two words well, probably better and more readily than a set of custom words to describe the same concepts. – oerkelens Jul 27 '16 at 13:55
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    If your goal is to make the whole concept easier to understand, you could simply try to phrase it as a choice between less packaging or better packaging. That would effectively indicate the direction of the quantative resp. qualitative change. – oerkelens Jul 27 '16 at 13:56
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    @rhetorician, thanks - I consider this option later in the paper. – Olga Jul 27 '16 at 15:20

Consider lighter vs gentler.

Relevant definitions from MW dictionary:

light: having little weight; having relatively little weight in proportion to bulk; not abundant; less in amount or force than usual

gentle: not strong or harsh in effect or quality

Also, lesser should work in place of lighter.

lesser: of smaller size

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