Monthly Archives: November 2020

  1. The Future of Packaging is Here

    Apple has just recently released the new iPhone 12. SpaceX has been able to create a rocket engine that lands itself back down to Earth. Tesla has become the most valued automobile company while selling the first widespread electric car. When will it be time for plastic to retire and for there to be a new sustainable way of packaging products? With all these technological advancements in current society, it would be exciting to see the same advancement within the sustainability field. Every year, there are 348 million tons of plastic being produced, and eight million tons of plastic waste entering the oceans (Proche). This is a substantial amount of plastic that is ruining our Earth’s ecosystems, bodies of water, atmosphere, weather, and other important aspects of the Earth that are necessary for our survival. The future of sustainable packaging is coming near as there are more individuals aware of their carbon footprint, leading to the creation of eco-friendly packaging.

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  2. Practical Steps to Reducing Oceanic Plastic Pollution

    Plastic has been one of the biggest polluters in our ocean for a long time. According to PEW, around 13 million tons of plastic end up into the ocean each year. Marine animals have been severely affected by this issue. The amount of plastic waste does not seem to be diminishing either. It is projected that over the next 20 years, the ocean might have as much plastic waste as sea life.

    The most important step to reducing packaging waste is to prevent plastic from entering the ocean in the first place. In Australia, the government created and attached nets to the ends of sewer pipes. They collect waste that falls into the sewer lines so that it can be properly disposed of and not end up in the ocean. In the U.S, a 19 year-old student created a device that would contain plastic debris in oceanic garbage patches. Garbage patches are certain places in the ocean that collect a large amount of disposable waste because of the rotating oceans currents. This device will collect trash that

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  3. Do Packaging Recycling Programs Really Work? | Addressing the Environmental Plastic Crisis

    By now, many of my friends and family are aware of the promises our recycling industry has failed to keep. Most facilities lack the technology, labor or funding to process recycled materials while turning a profit–and so the industry continues to incinerate and bury leftover plastic waste. More than one million metric tons of plastics are produced worldwide daily1, while only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled.2 Coca-Cola, a massive corporation who significantly profits from the convenience of producing and distributing plastic material, claims to “have longstanding support for recycling programs in partnership with environmental organizations” and yet, fail to mention such staggering statistics which paint a more realistic picture of efforts made to address the plastic crisis. Ironically, a quick search for a company statement from Coca-Cola offers some assurance though: they have donated over one million recycling bins to universities and local governments around Ameri

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  4. The Advantages and Disadvantages of Adopting Sustainable Packaging

    More companies should look into adopting environmentally friendly packaging because it would benefit them, their consumers, and the planet. Large corporations and small businesses alike can benefit from using ecofriendly, sustainable packaging because it makes them more attractive to customers who care about sustainability and slowing down climate change. Consumers could benefit because they would be able to reuse the packaging they receive from these businesses, which would save them money in the long run. The ways in which environmentally friendly packaging could benefit the planet are obvious: reducing plastic waste and the creation and distribution of single-use plastics is crucial to cleaning up landfills and oceans all over the world.

    According to Erich Lawson of the Green Business Bureau, “A recent study discovered that 78% of customers between the ages of 18-72 felt more positive about a product whose packaging was made up of recycled items” (Lawson, 2017). People bet

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  5. Eco-friendly is Life Friendly

    As more products are being made each year and every single day, the effects of its waste are prevalent all around us, regardless if everyone cares to see the negative impact or even realizes it. Many companies steer away from adopting environmentally friendly packaging. Humans are creatures of habit. It is hard to stop and change the ways that we have been accustomed to. For many years consumer’s products have been made with harmful plastics and waste that destroy the planet as we know it, such as the beautiful corals that once thrived and now die.

    Companies should adopt environmentally friendly practices because the planet relies on it. Many people already hear this but it is something that should be emphasized and stated a million times over, the harm that we are doing to this planet may not affect you in your lifetime, however your kids and their kids will be the ones faced with our own consequences. This beautiful planet has treated us so well and has given us a chance a

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  6. Steps to Sustainability

    In the past decade, Millennials and Gen Z have picked up valiant efforts for going green all over the world. From preaching “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” to getting rid of plastic straws, this movement is becoming less of a nuisance and more of a necessity. Sustainable packaging is packaging that is best for the environment, from eco-friendly packaging, plant based packaging, to even biodegradable plastic. There are 3 main ways to pack sustainably. First, would be changing your ingredients by using recycled or raw materials. Second, through the production process to reduce your carbon footprint. And finally reusability, imagine the circle of life for the packaging, how can it be purposeful for the customer continuously?

    Types of Sustainable packaging can vary from bags, cotton, paper, soy based ink, custom tape, shipping labels (the back paper is recyclable), stamps, and so much more. With many ways to be sustainable it's important to acknowledge your contributions. First step wou

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  7. why More Companies Should Adopt Environmentally Friendly Packaging | Green Packaging

    Environmentally friendly packaging is any packaging that's easy to recycle, safe for individuals and the environment, and is made out of recycled materials. It is also called green packaging or sustainable packaging. Environmentally friendly packaging uses materials and manufacturing techniques to diminish energy use and reduce the harmful impacts of packaging on the environment. Green packaging solutions often include biodegradable and recyclable materials-like paper, cardboard and organic fabric- in preference to materials like plastic and Styrofoam. According to the EPA, packaging represents 65% of all household trash; clearly showing the impact packaging has on the environment. With the threat of climate change looming nearer, it is time more companies adopted environmentally friendly packaging.

    Going green reduces production costs of companies. From an economic point of view, producing light-weight materials helps manufacturing companies to save money and also generate

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  8. How Do We Reduce Packaging Waste in the World's Oceans? | Reducing Plastic Packaging

    For years we have abused our ocean waters around the world by dumbing unwanted waste into it and putting not just the marine life but everything else that depends on our oceans. How do we reduce or better yet stop this from happening? While there is not one simple easy answer there are solutions out there, but citizens of the world need to unite and work to save our oceans.

    Plastic is one of the biggest items used by companies when it comes to packing. It is light weight, has a long shelf life. There are some benefits for using plastic. Food items that are packed in plastic often reduce spoilage. With plastic being light weight, it also reduces the cost of transporting it. Plastic is also being use more to make automobiles, resulting in them being lighter in weight, watch reduces carbon dioxide emissions.

    It is not all good news when it comes to plastic. With it getting used more and more around the world it is finding its way at record pace into our oceans.

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  9. Green is Not Just the Color of Money

    If there is one thing that big businesses know, it would be money. For most companies, money is all that matters. But that green is the wrong type of green to be thinking about. Environmentally green is what matters in the long run, and packaging is affecting that green. Along the streets, on the sidewalk, unsightly trash is present in the form of plastic wrappers, which are obscenely bad for nature in the long run. Common plastics take approximately 1,000 years before they begin to decompose. That alone is more than 10 times a normal person's lifespan. While writing this, I have been drinking a Polar Pop from Circle K. The cup? Styrofoam. Styrofoam takes 5oo years to decompose. The fault here is not mine, but the companies, for using a cheaper method of fluid containment. Other packaging solutions are also to blame. The plastic shell containers that require scissors to open damage the environment just as bad as a twinkie wrapper. So now that the problem has been addressed, the issue would

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  10. Escaping the Lorax: How Environmentally Safe Packaging Can Save the World

    When I was younger, my favorite movie of all was The Lorax. It was a charming yet foreboding tale of a little orange creature who appears to those harming the forests of the world, warning them of what will happen if their ambition outweighs their regard for nature. At the time I understood only the most basic message of the film: take care of our Earth, and it will remain beautiful. But now I understand even better the essential encouragement given to us by Dr. Suess: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” As inhabitants of this beautiful world, it is our privilege and our responsibility to care for its well-being- we must fight for sustainable methods that will keep our oceans blue, our forests green, and our connection with nature intact and stronger than ever.

    One of the best possible ways to accomplish this feat is to navigate our efforts towards financially feasible environmental sensitivity within the packaging indus

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