DURA-PACK PACKAGING SUSTAINABILITY SCHOLARSHIP ESSAYS

  1. Tales of an Ocean | Reducing Packaging Waste

    The story of our oceans is not one that is told with reassurance or a smile, but rather with a tone of ambivalence. Decades ago, our oceans flourished with marine life, and brought hope for what may be the future. The depressing reality of this story is that we as a population have neglected this beauty gifted to us. What was once a promising addition to our earth is now landfill that we have created. However, we can still work towards preserving our oceans and saving the lives within it. By improving source reduction and encouraging eco-friendly alternatives, we may be able to revive the life of our oceans before it is too late.

    The amount of packaging waste dispelled from land and into the sea has increased drastically over the last few decades. Despite what some may believe, there are several alternatives that will aid in the preservation of our oceans. These alternatives are simple modifications that can be made to your routine lifestyle. One of the ways you can minimize

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  2. Going Green | Reducing Plastic Packaging Waste

    Companies like Amazon, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, and Nestle need to invest in green packaging alternatives for their products. The negative environmental impacts that plastic pollution has caused globally are too hard to dismiss. Plastic pollution affects the human population, animals’ species, and natural ecosystems. Although plastic is lightweight, resistant, and inexpensive, it takes many years to degrade, resulting in leaching our water resources, and posing of a hazard to many animal species.

    Recycling alone is not a solution, as throughout the year’s plastic pollution continues to increase in our landfills. As this plastic sits it slowly degrades, resulting in leaching of our water resources. Studies have shown that many of these chemicals end up in our water supply or in the food we consume. A study done by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health found that even before plastic ends up in landfills, plastic storage containers can affect our health even before ending up

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  3. Enabling a Bridge Between the Beneficial and Detrimental Qualities of Our Use of Plastics

    “To be easily shaped and molded,” is not only an adjective but an attitude we will need to adopt to perpetuate our love affair with plastics in our modern world. Indisputably, it is difficult to imagine human society without the use of plastics in our everyday lives. Plastics are ubiquitous in providing safety, housing, transportation, and multitudinous other uses for our society. Yet, even though plastics have been a boost for our world, it has also created a few challenges. The very nature of plastics with their beneficial ability to weather many adverse conditions, and last a long time, has created subsequent environmental problems. The beneficial characteristics of plastics are equally their downfall; their ability to withstand so many factors and not deteriorate means that unless recycled and reused, then they will build up in our environment, our landfills, and our oceans. I, personally, am enamored with plastic products in my modern life but I also enjoy very much a non-polluted Ear

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  4. Mindfulness | Reducing Packaging Waste

    Packaging waste in the world’s ocean is at an alarming all-time high right now. According to scientists about 25 million pounds of plastic somehow end up on our oceans every year. This amount of plastic in the ocean is leading to some catastrophic effects to our ecosystem. So the question is “how do we reduce packaging waste in the world's oceans”. I believe the only true solution to the massive issue is creating an system of agreements between all country's that dumping tons of plastic into the world's ocean isn’t going to work. I think topic’s like United Nations meetings need to address issues like this. I think this issue needs to be an world topic because if one country continues to dump millions of pounds of plastic in the ocean, damage is still being done just at an lesser rate. So, the first hurdle is to spread the issue to the major countries that contribute to this issue. Countries like Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam need to be held accountable. Another way to limit the amoun

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  5. A Consumer's and Planet's Turmoil | Eco-Friendly Packaging

    With great power comes great responsibility, we have been taught this our entire lives and it comes with great truth with the looming turmoil that will happen if we cease to care for our earth. The Earth we live in can easily be described as a work of art created by the most creative and thoughtful hands. Isn’t it only natural that we take care of it to preserve this wonder for our future generations to enjoy and to learn from? It saddens me sometimes, in the happiest places too, when I think of the damage we do to our home for the sake of convenience. Human nature, being so clever and creative, has decided to let our love for what is easy take over and unfortunately it is not us, but our children and grandchildren, that will have to face the consequences and fix the world we gifted them. Before we do this though, we must face the relaity and change what is going on inside of humanity so we can fix the problems we commit to our planet.

    I do not believe that the issue relies s

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  6. Shaving the Planet

    After a couple days of waiting in anticipation, my new set of razors from Amazon had finally arrived in the mail. Excited to shave off my quarantine beard, I opened the cardboard box (which takes a minimum of three months to decompose), only to reveal a sheet of 10-15 air pillows and a bubble wrap envelope enclosing my razor set, both composed of plastics that can last well over 500 years in a landfill. It was hard to fight off the wave of guilt that overcame me as I floated among the sea of packaging I had received. Purchasing such a simple, necessary tool should not have an environmental impact that can outlast entire generations.

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made a larger shift toward single-use packaging to combat the spread of the disease. Instead of going out as often, people are opting for take-out meals and buying their essentials on Amazon. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as it protects the most vulnerable in our communities from a potentially fatal virus.

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  7. Growing Up with the Sea and Plastic | Reducing Packaging Waste in the World's Oceans

    Growing up with the sea and plastic

    If you're a traveler and an ocean-loving environmentalist who would do island hopping in the Philippines, a country known for its pristine white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and rich marine ecosystem, you'd soon realize that the trip is not just a vacation but also a chore.

    Ironically, the same country that consistently tops the list for having the best island destinations, also ranked 3rd as the top polluter of the ocean last 2010.

    I am a Filipino, an environmentalist, a freediver, and I love the ocean. I grew up in a village just a kilometer away from the shore. As a kid, I can clearly remember how I enjoyed the sea every time it is "kati" (low-tide). However, another thing that I can vividly recall is that plastic wastes, the majority of which coming from packagings, have been pestering our seas until this very day.

    As a kid, I never truly understood the implications of plastic waste reaching
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  8. Mottainai and the Evolution of Packaging

    My innate love for Earth continually forces my attention towards its welfare. As I travelled abroad in the past few years, one constant became clear: the significance of eco-friendly practices in other communities. The Japanese were particularly engrossed in their sophisticated waste management system and their word, ’mottainai’, was frequently used as an expression of the nation’s environmental awareness. I witnessed the results of these values: spotless streets, well-kept parks, and decreased public smoking. When I arrived back in the States, I was dumbstruck by the lack of sustainable conventions and I was overwhelmed with an urgent desire to help. In my tiny Brooklyn apartment, I found myself separating the trash out and even organizing my roommate’s recycling. My interest in waste disposal led me on somewhat of a rampage to find solutions for our ever growing ecological problem. Sifting through a mountain of discussions and podcasts, I found, among many other intriguing inventions, an expe

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  9. Lack of a Third Planet: How Affordability is the Future of Sustainable Packaging

    “Should the global population reach 9.6 billion by 2050, the equivalent of almost three planets could be required to provide the natural resources needed to sustain current lifestyles.”[1] Knowing this, even if we colonize Mars by 2050, we’ll still be one planet short on supplies. And despite this bad joke, the statistics aren’t one. If we do not reduce our footprint, this struggle will become our reality. That is why the future of sustainable packaging is so important. Sustainable packaging is the “development and use of packaging” that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” There are many exciting future prospects to consider on the topic, including replacing plastic with bioplastics and paper, slimming down the amount of packaging needed, and increasing recycling efforts, but ultimately the future of sustainable packaging will be affected most by one major thing: affordability.

    A report by Pew Charitab

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  10. The Dangers of Wasteful Packaging in Business

    Companies should adopt environmentally friendly packaging to decrease the destruction of mother nature. Over the year’s companies experiment with different kind of products to sell to the customer and sometimes it led to damaging a part of the world. During the seventies, hairspray and Styrofoam led to the damage of the ozone layer due to the use of aerosol spray. Factories also using nicotine and unfiltered fumes has led to the world creating acid rain that killed many trees and plants. All of these problems that have led to serious consequences has made companies adapt and rethink their company’s procedure towards becoming more environmentally conscious. If companies have been adapting to change, today’s business can also do the same towards helping future generations to have a better future. Companies should be advancing to make a solution towards making environmentally friendly package before it affects their resources and income. It is not rocket science to see that plastic does

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