DURA-PACK PACKAGING SUSTAINABILITY SCHOLARSHIP ESSAYS
Sustainable packaging systems have been a topic on everybody’s mind. What is the future of sustainable packaging products? How can we help our environment through sustainable packaging? And what exactly is sustainable packaging? Sustainable packaging is the use of packaging products to reduce our environmental impact and ecological footprint. In this essay, the topic of sustainable packaging’s future will be discussed, as well as pinpointing how it will help our environment maintain stability.
The future of sustainable packaging has been left in our hands. For decades, companies have made the mistake of using materials that kill our environment to package their products. Such unsustainable products include, paper coffee cups, plastic water bottles, plastic bags, disposable single-use razors, toothbrushes, menstrual products, and disposable cutlery. These products contain dangerous chemicals, such as BPA (bisphenol A), phthalates and PVC (polyvinyl chloride). These products als
Every flit of a feather alters the world in some way. As I soar from high above, I see signals from the planet alerting her inhabitants that they are entering into a global crisis point requiring massive change in the way goods are produced and consumed. All life forms experience the effects of the mindless uses of resources and materials humans continue to generate at a massive level.
The amount of trash humans and companies produce is overwhelming. Many continue to subscribe to beliefs that individuals have little control of the impacts of trash production and harmful uses of chemicals and goods. Most are unaware of the destructive methods industries use to create everyday products. The methods are devastating to my animal kingdom, as we are forced to move, to find new sources of food, and put us in danger as we navigate our own survival.
Non-eco-friendly packaging and processes can cause a number of issues for our environment. Environmental resources become depleted
Remember the days of smokestacks spewing out emissions into the air, smog covering our large cities, and untreated wastewater flowing into our waterways? We’ve come a long way since those days, especially with federal and state regulations in place.
But can companies do more to reduce waste in our landfills and reduce their ecological footprint? Yes, many are switching to environmentally friendly packaging, but there’s more to using cardboard boxes and setting out recycle containers.
Going green makes sense, not just for the environment, but as a marketing tool as well. Companies can lead the march to environmentally friendly by setting an example themselves. Going green will also save money for the company.
So how does a company adopt environmentally friendly packaging? First, by using eco-friendly packaging materials. Manufacturers design green packaging to be less bulky, and make it using recycled, biodegradable, or compostable materials. They also use
As if dealing with waste at the home wasn’t enough. During past years I have worked in the automotive industry, grocery, and clothing retail. It is insane how much waste can be produced within one workday. I have seen companies pursue innovative ideas with how to become more sustainable when it comes to waste created from used packaging. This is a very important aspect of a business and it should be a priority for everyone in the organization. The first step is being conscious and aware of the fact that many of us throw just about anything in the garbage can.
Japanese automaker, Subaru, started a program where customers and technicians alike could send the packaging back to the manufacturer to be reused. This was started in 2015 by Subaru of Indiana Automotive. They already were at 89% reusable packaging but challenged themselves to increase that percentage to 95% while decreasing by 30% their overall investment in reusable packaging. They accomplished their goal and have reduced t
Where does an empty plastic water bottle go when you throw it into the nearest recycling bin? When the bins are emptied, where does all that trash end up? Most Americans have no idea that it is all being sent to various other countries to be recycled. The garbage is being exported to Asia from several developed nations including the U.S., Canada, France, the U.K., Germany, Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Recently, many Southeast Asian countries have decided to send cargo ships full of trash - much of it is contaminated waste and plastic - back to the western countries that originally sent it to them. Most of the waste being sent to these countries turns out to be unrecyclable, so landfills are increasing, destroying the environment as well as the lives of those living in these countries. China was the first to deny the continuous shipment of trash to themselves, in order to clean up its own environment. Since then, others, such as Malaysia and Cambodia, have been returning our trash
Although the seemingly dark and negative outcomes have been known to come from the production of plastic, there are positive impacts that its creation has had over the years. Since World War II, plastic was used in nylon parachutes or lightweight airplane parts which contributed to the success of the Allies. Plastic has transformed the lives of people by easing packaging, lightning every car and jumbo jet today (saving fuel—and pollution), and extending the life of fresh food using wraps. “In airbags, incubators, helmets, or simply by delivering clean drinking water to poor people...plastic saves lives daily”(Parker). In the early 1920s, plastic was made from the same materials that was giving the population abundant cheap energy- petroleum. Chemists then realized they could use this discovery to make everything out of plastic. Plastics became the cheaper and more convenient material for businesses and consumers. Before it’s invention, pottery and glass were they only thing that could b
The future of sustainable packaging has many hurdles to overcome but a commitment to the infrastructure and innovation can be achieved for the future of all of us. The largest problem facing recycling in the United States is the collection process. The infrastructure and education of the general public lags behind the needs of the recycling company to have a symbiotic relationship to function well. To properly recycle, more specific containers are needed at the consumer level, along with training for all households, to collectively work together for the recycling industry to adequately recycle. An answer to some of the recycling issues is to look at the packaging of materials.
There are three pillars to sustainable; the economy, society and the environment. Sustainable packaging means a turn from many current packaging options to ones that meet the needs of the three pillars. Part of that means moving from laminate and plastics to more bio-plastics and paper products. While replacing
The world population has reach 7.8 billion as of January 2020 and is ever growing. This number is daunting and can make it easy for people to think that they cannot make a difference, especially on issues regarding the global warming crisis. In todays world, its easy to think that my one plastic water bottle won’t matter, that my garbage certainly won’t cause too much of an issue. However, if 7.8 billion people are all saying that they can’t make a difference, that their one bottle doesn’t matter, that’s 7.8 billion bottles being tossed away. Hopefully these bottles make it into landfills, but they will more realistically end up in our oceans.
The impact of individuals on the environment can be detrimental, considering that one person in the U.S (on average) generates 4.5 pounds of garbage per day. Over a month, and even at the end of the year, this number can become unbelievably large. Now, imagine how much waste a single company might produce in a year. A company may produ
We live in a world that is on-line based, fast-paced and convenience-centered. As a society we want things quickly and easily accessible. The problem of course, is that all this convenience and immediacy has come with a price. Unfortunately, this price is not easily recognized by the consumer of these products because we just throw things away and don’t think or worry about how or where this waste is piling up. That is until recently, when more and more stories and images of plastic and other garbage floating in big masses in the ocean, marine life suffocating in plastic particles and countries looking for places to dispose of their garbage and recycling. It feels in many ways like we are starting to drown in all of this convenience packaging and non-biodegradable products.
With that in mind, I think every company that sells a product that is packaged, which is probably most companies, needs to consider environmentally friendly packaging. The need for this kind of packaging m
It is imperative the world adopts environmentally friendly packaging as soon as possible. Our one and only home is being suffocated with plastic and excessive packaging waste that cannot be recycled or reused easily, if at all. It is time for companies to make the switch to a more sustainable future with their products and packaging.
It is estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by the year 2050. Nine percent of all plastic is recycled. Twelve percent is burned, and the remaining seventy nine percent is sent to landfill. Only nine percent of plastic is recycled, so this means that whatever finds its way into a recycling bin doesn’t assure that item can be recycled. Recycling plastic can be difficult as is it typically “down-cycled” into a single use material, and then finds its way back to landfill. The plastic that is burned not only contributes to global warming but is detrimental to our health as it provides poor air quality.
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