Monthly Archives: March 2020

  1. Recycling Packaging | Do Packaging Recycling Programs Work?

    Recycling and reusing have been a method in consideration for a very long time now. Ever since the thought of global warming has emerged, recycling and reusing have been a simple yet effective way to reduce waste. But have you ever bought anything online and become so excited about what is to come? When it arrives from the mail, you overcome the joy of the contents that lay inside. You rip open the box that you have been waiting for the last couple of days and you grab what is inside and forget all about the packaging that kept your product safe, thus you throw the package straight to the garbage bin. Which begs the question, does packaging recycling programs work? I believe that packaging recycling programs do work, and I also believe that recycling packaging and containers makes a greater impact within our environment and economy.

    First of all, the United States Environmental Protection Agency deemed containers and packaging as the product that are assumed to be discarded

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  2. Why More Companies Should Adopt More Environmentally Friendly Packaging Methods

    Environmentally friendly packaging is packaging made out of recycled or renewable materials that are harmless to the environment and to the consumer. While many companies continue using packaging that is not friendly to the environment, with some examples being chip bags, single-serving foods (in packages difficult to recycle), and even pizza boxes, are instances of packaging unusable for recycling. And even though it might be a thought not on the minds of those who are producing and using these packages, the environment doesn't need more trash and landfills across the globe, especially in the oceans where the amount of waste has become significantly increased. With this being said, more companies should consider using more packaging friendly to the environment, as companies can buy them in affordable quantities, it evidently reduces recycled waste, and there’s already too much trash and landfills across the globe.

    To start off, packaging harmless to the environment can be b

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  3. The Future of Sustainable Packaging: A Fishy Solution

    There are various reasons why plastic packaging has become as popular and widespread as it is today. Its form is malleable and can be as sturdy as a lawn chair or as flimsy as plastic wrap. It is waterproof and can be completely sealed to keep products sanitary or fresh. It is extremely inexpensive to make, and durable to a fault. The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in 2014 conducted a major study to look at the impacts of plastic packaging and found that about 10-20 tonnes of plastic make its way into the oceans every year, costing roughly $13 billion in environmental damages to global marine ecosystems (UNEP, 2014). They also found that the consumer goods industry alone is responsible for a minimum of $75 billion in negative environmental impacts annually, which includes everything plastic waste getting into waterways and oceans to impacts on tourism and greenhouse gas emissions involved in the creation and transport of plastic products (UNEP, 2014). All this is to say,

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  4. Why should More companies Adopt Environmentally Friendly Packaging? | Eco Friendly Packaging

    Upon reading the question posed above, the often knee-jerk reaction is, why wouldn’t we replace our current packaging practices and create and adopt better environmentally friendly packaging? This usually conjures up the thought of switching from plastic and polystyrene foams (aka Styrofoam) based materials used by most restaurants, shippers, and other businesses, to ones made of paper or other biodegradable and/or eco-friendly materials. But is the answer really that easy? Unfortunately not. This is actually a fairly complex question which involves closely examining how each of the containers are produced and the benefit and drawback of the same. There are two main questions to be examined. The first focuses on the energy, costs, and carbon footprint to make the environmentally friendly packaging. And the second surrounds the ability to dispose of the container in an eco-friendly and cost effective manner.

    Today, plastics and Styrofoam account for the majority of today’s “co

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  5. How Do We Reduce Packaging Waste in the World's Oceans? | Reusable Packaging

    How do we reduce packaging in the world’s oceans? A few ideas come into my mind, and the most important one is that the reduction of waste that is being put into the oceans all starts with one person, and that person is you. One of the biggest things that we can do as individuals is reduce the consumption of single use products that are of non-degradable composition. Some of these items, easily found in every household, are plastic soda or water bottles, plastic shopping bags, and items that have plastic packaging such as containers that hold food, like grapes and potato chips.

    Small steps taken by each person, like bringing their own fabric reusable bags to the grocery store or the use of a reusable water bottle, can drastically impact the packaging waste that gets into the world’s oceans. When I would go to the grocery store without reusable bags, I would come home with 15-20 bags of items, and this was on a weekly basis. So now, lets take an average of 17 plastic bags fro

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  6. How Do We Reduce Packaging Waste in the World’s Oceans?

    My name is Donato Zavala, I am a first-generation college freshman at Arizona State University. I have a self-educated, hard working mother and a Mexican immigrant father. My parents have done everything possible to provide me with an excellent future by working extensively to afford a roof over my head, food, clothes and above all a private Christian education throughout middle and high school. My secondary education at Northwest Christian taught me the values of working hard, having faith, loving the planet we were given and ultimately the importance of being a good human being. I have always loved my environment, especially the world's oceans and the beautifully complex creatures that live in them.

    There are many solutions to reducing the waste in the world's oceans, however one that I found to be very efficient is an eco friendly alternative to the plastic six ring holders used to package beverage cans that plagues our oceans. The plastic six rings, although only fifty

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  7. Reducing Packaging Waste in the World’s Oceans

    The Ocean is a beautiful and mysterious place, full of wildlife vastly different than anything anyone could ever imagine. One might take a look at the variety of wildlife contained within these vast bodies of water and think that they’re invincible.

    Unfortunately, they are not. Each year, over one hundred thousand marine mammals die from non-reusable packaging that has been discarded into the oceans- and that number only accounts for those mammals who were documented. In addition to the mammals, over one million seabirds are also killed each year from pollutants (such as packaging waste) contaminating their food sources or hunting grounds.

    With such grim numbers, you may be asking yourself, is there anything we can do to help protect our beautiful oceans? As a matter of fact, there is- and it starts with significantly reducing the usage of non-reusable and non-biodegradable products, such as plastic and styrofoam packaging. In exchange for these pollutants, more e

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  8. How We Reduce Packaging Waste in the Worlds Oceans

    In my opinion, I feel like the greatest danger that our world faces to this date is the amount of trash that is in our oceans. It is disgusting to even think that there is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch right in between Hawaii and California. This patch is over 600,000 square miles long. It’s bigger than twice the size of Texas and three times the size of France. There needs to be a better effort in the process of cleaning all of the trash in the ocean. And not just in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but all over the world. If we can’t even do that for ourselves, then we should do it for the animals in the water. Over 100,000 marine animals die every year due to floating trash in the ocean. There are so many marine animals that are affected, sea turtles, fish, and dolphins just to name a few, but sea turtles and seabirds mistake the plastic and trash that’s in the ocean as food, so they end up eating it and it all gets stuck in their digestive system. The fish get tiny debris particles of tr

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  9. Benefits of Environmentally Friendly Packaging and Products

    Across the world today, global warming is one of the biggest problems at our forefront. With rising concern about the future of the Earth due to increasing global temperatures, it’s important for humans to begin taking initiative to sustain a better future. One way for society to do this is for companies to adopt environmentally friendly packaging to encourage society to be more sustainable.

    Around the globe, there has been a significant increase in consumers wondering where their products are coming from. These people are called, “conscious consumers”, which necessarily are people who are beginning to question the origins of their products and the size of their carbon footprint. According to labelvalue.com, “Significant issues such as plastic pollution and deforestation are causing consumers to have concerns over where their products are coming from, and what their effect is on the environment.” (LabelValue). This recent concern is a step in the right direction for the futur

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  10. The Heroes of the Future Do Not Wear Capes - Why Should More Companies Adopt Environmentally Friendly Packaging?

    When a shopper walk into a grocery store, each and every item being sold is either in shiny plastic wrapping or another form of packaging. Once the product is opened or used, the packaging goes right into the trash. Humans have I believe companies in this day and age must strive to adopt environmentally friendly packaging for two major reasons. First, consumers have been increasingly shying away from products that do not meet eco-friendly standards while opting for more of those using recyclable packaging material or other forms of “green” alternatives, such as biodegradable packaging. As consumers’ awareness on environmental issues grow, the trend seems to be favoring those companies taking a vow to fight such issues. Second, guess what? Fossil fuels will not last forever.

    Granted, most companies’ main goal is to generate increasingly higher profits, which makes it harder for those wishing to become greener to insert environmental responsibility into their value chains while r

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