DURA-PACK PACKAGING SUSTAINABILITY SCHOLARSHIP ESSAYS

  1. Unburying the Sea: Reducing Packaging Waste in the World’s Oceans

    An Eye-Opener
    I watched, horrified by the sight of the “island” of trash that floats in the sea, brought together by the common thought of “out of sight, out of mind”. The show was 60 Minutes and the story was talking about the global issue of plastic waste that is choking our world’s oceans. It was an eye-opener for me seeing how a product so versatile was becoming more of a detriment. Just as water flows from rivers and streams to its final destination of the vastness of the sea, so too does the endless supply of plastic.

    A Recycler at Heart
    Oregon has always swelled with a certain amount of pride for being a state at the forefront of recycling. In 1971, Oregon was the first state to introduce the Bottle Deposit Bill, which allowed consumers to return their used aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and glass bottles for cash in response to the growing litter problem. Sadly, only ten states since then have similar bottle bills. Growing up in The Dalle
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  2. For Nature, by Nature

    Sustainable packaging is a huge focus for designer students like me because it involves saving the land, we inhabit using our creativity. In fact, my project objective for this semester is to re-design gratuitously packaged products that overuse plastic and other materials that take centuries to decompose. The packaging I decided to replace/ redesign were drink packaging, such as, the 6-ring plastics that holds cans of drinks together. Even though, this piece of plastic makes up a small portion of plastic waste in the ocean, it still poses a choking threat to marine life, such as, turtles and must be eradicated today.

    I began to research about edible, bacteria-based, soy-based, cellulose-based plastics as a replacement for traditional plastic used in most, if not, all products sold on shelves. However, my research concluded that these plastics leave nothing suitable for recycling. Therefore, I began to research about seaweed as a potential bio plastic. This plastic is more expensive

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  3. Do Packaging Recycling Programs Really Work?

    Recycling programs are intended to work and be beneficial to the environment. They however do not work due to the economic side of businesses. Consumers may place items in the blue recycle bins, but the items will not always be recycled in the end. Many of the items will end up in the land fill due to the fact waste companies cannot make money by recycling certain items. The world is run with money. At the end of the day, waste businesses are looking to make a profit and report good earnings to shareholders.

    The shipping industry indirectly affects the packaging recycling program as well. Shipping companies are trying to do their part to reduce their footprint by redesigning packaging to be more lightweight while still remaining durable. While still reducing their impact on the environment, they are also lowering their costs of material and shipping. This seems beneficial from the environmental side to the financial side of the shipping industry. It is not beneficial and it

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  4. Why Should More Companies Adopt Environmentally Friendly Packaging?

    More companies should take part in implementing environmentally friendly materials for packing. Most companies use substances for packing which are detrimental to the environment. Packing material is often not recycled material, not biodegradable, or uses a natural resource which are not renewable. Factories the shipping substances are manufactured in use coal and natural gas to make the packing materials. The packing industry within companies is harming the environment and should go green to conserve natural resources and decrease the amount of damage to the ecosystems of the world.

    Companies should start preserving the environment in packing by reducing waste of product or material. Next, they can reuse materials instead of wasting any packing items. Then companies should recycle any waste made of recyclable elements. Instead of initially purchasing newly crafted packing supplies from freshly mad plastic, Styrofoam, and cardboard, companies must purchase recycled substances

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  5. Why Should More Companies Adopt Environmentally Friendly Packaging?

    Every year, millions of dollars are spent on the bags, containers, boxes, and packages used to hold the products that we consume daily. Packing will always be needed, so it only makes sense that companies adopt environmentally friendly packaging. If companies were to adopt this type of policy, one of the benefits would be that their carbon footprint would be reduced. A carbon footprint is the total greenhouse gasses generated by humans' actions. The production of eco-friendly packaging does not release as many carbon emissions as its regular packaging counterparts. Eco-friendly packaging is also typically made from bio-degradable packaging that is non-toxic and allergy-free. This is an excellent way for companies to be responsible as it pertains to consumer health. Another benefit to adopting environmentally friendly packaging is that it is biodegradable. When products are biodegradable, they are made from recyclable materials and are more disposable. This reduces the matter that eventually

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  6. Pollution and the Devastating Effect it Has On Our Oceans

    Pollution is one of the leading causes of death for animal populations’ in the ocean today. Plastic has been an alternative source for companies and businesses to utilize in their day-to-day operations for a long time in the modern world. However, are they truly using these resources to their disposal or are they carelessly throwing away plastic in the wrong bin? In recent years, we have seen sea animal population decreases along with a decline in sanitary water due to pollution. Why isn’t this problem more brought up in the media? Are organizations not bringing enough awareness towards the overwhelming decline in the animal population? These are the questions that need to be answered, in order for the human species to take care of our precious earth. Today, I will be discussing the reasons why sea animal endangerment has increased in recent years, why pollution and plastic are causing our oceans to be littered with filthy water, and providing creative solutions to solving the problem of

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  7. Sustainable Packaging

    I used to live in Argentina because of my father's work. The Glaciares Glacier I saw there left the greatest impression on me of all the World Heritage sites I have seen. Surrounded by glaciers on all sides, it was a sight I had never seen before, and I felt the mystery of the world. However, I heard that the seemingly endless glaciers are collapsing year by year due to global warming. When I was there, every minute I saw a lump of ice bigger than me falling from here and there. It was then that I started to think more deeply about environmental protection.

    In our daily lives, we produce a lot of garbage. In 2016, 2 billion tons of trash was generated, which will double by 2050. In 2016, 2 billion tons of garbage was generated, and it is expected to double by 2050. Garbage is mainly disposed of by incineration, landfill, and recycling, but incineration generates substances that have adverse effects on the environment, and the garbage itself has a significant impact on the environment.

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  8. A Million Years and a Plastic Cup; Why More Companies Should Adopt Environmentally Friendly Packaging

    Imagine you’re me. You’re an eighteen-year-old student obsessively scanning your plastic iced-coffee cup for a recycling logo before finding it, rinsing out your cup with a splash of water from your own metal water bottle, and tossing it into a nearby recycling bin, even though there are dozens of identical cups in the trash cans dotted along campus. You continue to your next class and briefly wonder if there was a point to taking the time to do this when one more plastic cup in a trash bin wouldn’t make much of a difference in the big picture.

    The truth is, one more trashed plastic cup means one more object bound to take up space for over a million years; and as seen in the past million years, that time can make a significant difference on the environment. As a gen-Z individual, I’ve grown up in the middle of a climate debate. All my life I’ve heard the debates about how the world is crumbling around us versus how climate change is a political facade that’s bad for busines

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  9. We All Share One Earth

    We are all starting to see huge companies implement more sustainability initiatives, even at the smallest scale. Sustainability has been a trending topic for the past few years, and many companies are catching in on its importance and impact it has on its consumers. Topics on sustainability have been all over social media and many people of all ages love anything that is sustainable. They lean toward companies and products that are going greener and use recycled materials and products.

    A great example I like referring to is a viral video I saw on social media. It was a brand that used thrifted clothes and created new clothing pieces from it. The items cost more money than the thrifted costs of course, but that was because people had to spend hours creating the new sustainable pieces to sell to people. This made people sell out every product on their website within a week. People were willing to spend the money on this company because of their sustainable vision, goals, and products.

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  10. The Safe Oceans Solution

    As you may know (there's much coverage on this topic, even becoming a political argument) the ocean is in grave danger. There is scientific evidence that explains that sea levels can rise, even affecting coastal cities. Additionally, many of the organisms and species of the sea could perish due to all of the issues affecting the ocean. Some of these negative effects are already occurring at this moment, which is how scientists are certain that these catastrophic events could become dangerous if we don't conserve and protect the ocean. The ocean is a part of all of our lives as it regulates, maintains, and circulates the atmosphere and the air that we breathe. It also contains many ecosystems where marine organisms live.

    In order to protect our ocean, we need to take steps to conserve it. We could reduce pollutants and waste by using non-toxic substances and recycling/reusing; just using less plastic, in general, would help. Instead of packing with plastic, companies could package

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