Monthly Archives: June 2020

  1. Reducing Packaging Waste in Our Ocean

    Animals that live in the ocean get tangled up in all the trash being wasted and may even ingest it. Plastic in the ocean is problematic and a major health concern for marine wildlife. The reduction of waste by packaging can be vastly eliminated by simply reducing single use plastics. Finding a way to eliminate the use of plastic that is not totally recyclable would be beneficial to our damaged ecosystem. Disposing of such items that are tossed away incorrectly ultimately lead to increased amounts of plastic in the oceans today. The reduction of plastic wrapping and packaging would help the environment tremendously. As a citizen on the planet, it is very important to reduce the amount of pollution in the ocean.

    Let us focus on a few facts; Eight million tons of plastic go into our oceans every single year. It is estimated that there is about 5.25 trillion pieces of waste in our oceans. Furthermore, the ocean environment is in immediate danger from lack of human intervention. The

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  2. There Needs to Be a Reason to Recycle | Plastic Packaging

    Telling people to do something is one thing. Actually getting people to do it is a completely different ballpark. When it comes to recycling, there are two sides of a scale which civilians sit on: either they believe it is effective and it can help reduce climate change and provide jobs, or that there is no real purpose and is just some government scheme. The future of recycling and its effectiveness will depend on incentivizing people to recycle. One such program, the single-stream recycling system, allows people to dispose of all their recycling in one group rather than sorting it out based on plastic types, metals, etc. After this program was introduced in the 1990’s consumers started to take a more active role in recycling. This would be a good thing, however, contaminants within recycling to around a quarter of everything that is recycled in the U.S. According to a National Geographic Article written by Howard Brian, the cost of removing contaminants is “an average of three dol

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  3. Why Should More Companies Adopt Environmentally Friendly Packaging? | Sustainable Packaging

    The topic of environmentally friendly packaging has been a main target goal for packaging manufactures as it can decrease possible pollution and increase recycled use. However, it does need more attention and one of the most effective ways is to communicate and devise a plan with some of the top competitors not only in the packaging industry but the mainline companies using their products. Companies like Amazon or Coca-Cola can use their status to encourage the use of environmentally friendly packaging as well as team up with packaging companies like Fedex or UPS to create a sort of network. This network would advertise to the general public and push the idea of environmentally friendly packaging to help better our current packaging status and improve ourselves for the future. We want to create sustainable practices but it needs everyone on board. The more and more we use environmentally friendly packaging, the less of an impact we have on the Earth regarding pollution and its resources.

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  4. How to Save the Oceans and Keep Industry Afloat | Reducing Plastic Packaging Waste

    n 2016, the London Imperial College estimated somewhere between 93 and 236 thousand metric tons of microplastics in our oceans each year (Lavender Law & Van Sebille, 2016). These plastics bioaccumulate in organisms and biomagnify throughout the food web, causing the death of countless marine organisms each year. Not only do these organisms die due to human neglect, but they can also harm human populations if they are eaten, therefore passing the plastics on to us. One of the largest culprits of this marine catastrophe is packaging waste, which amounted to 80.1 million tons in the year 2017 alone and is largely made of synthetic plastic, according to the environmental Protection Agency (2019). Therefore, something must be done to stop packaging waste from reaching the ocean before more damage is done.

    The first solution many would jump to is recycling. While this is certainly a positive alternative to pollution, there are many costs associated with recycling. For example, Business

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