Monthly Archives: December 2020

  1. Adopting A "Go-Green" Attitude

    When I hear the phrase “Going green”, I think of numerous ideologies and meanings. Such meanings ranging from practicing an eco-friendly lifestyle to simply making responsible decisions that will benefit the environment. An individual that adopts a “Go-Green” attitude is an individual that makes a substantial and positive impact within their community, all through their eco-friendly life decisions. Adopting this positive mindset would not only benefit the environment around us, but throughout our communities as well. Within our communities, one would find a variety of companies and small businesses, where each are owned by individuals who are capable of adopting a “Go-Green” attitude. How are companies capable of doing so you may ask? Simple: By providing environmentally friendly packaging for their consumers! According to recent studies taken by the National Retail Federation (NRF), nearly 70% of consumers in the US/Canada region think it’s important that a brand is sustainable and eco-frien

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  2. The Secrets Behind the Chemical Recycling Industry

    Humans have irreversibly damaged the planet in the last couple of centuries. Science has shown us that the consequences will be catastrophic to the world we live in if we do not take major steps toward a global, sustainable green initiative. Since the 1980’s, recycling has developed into a movement and provided us with a false sense of security that we are doing our best to limit pollution. In practice, our efforts are not producing the desired effect. The recycling initiative is driven by market economic gain and the burden is placed on our individual moral principles. Government’s around the world rely on people’s good intentions and poor execution of recycling so they can continue to let the plastic industry profit. They make citizens feel that they are doing their part, thus continuing the cycle of overconsumption of plastic products.

    It is no secret that the plastic industry supports recycling laws. Providing our society with the knowledge that we can recycle our plastics makes

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  3. Packaging Recycling Programs Do Work

    The thought of making Packaging recycling programs was initiated by people who wanted to make a difference. They showed this through the action of coming up with a plan. Many would argue that there could be a better solution; however, a plan is better than no plan. There is not just one solution to a problem. Solutions can be like a puzzle; each piece helps make the whole picture. This can also be applied for finding a solution, like ecofriendly packaging, to protect our environment. As I observe my surroundings, I have noticed plastic containers on the floor. My community college has an Environmental Club, and we have trash pick up days; however, this is not enough. I know that others only care about their own accommodations. There is nothing wrong with this, but I believe in sustainability. I want to be a leader, so I can take care of my environment, the people I love, and for everyone else. Environmental sustainability, social sustainability, and financial sustainability are all essential

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  4. Companies Need to Produce Environmentally Friendly Packaging

    As we all know, the amount of trash being produced is a serious problem. All over the world, trash is being dumped anywhere where it can be out-of-sight and out-of-mind. Not only is it an eye-sore but it’s causing environmental problems. It’s a major pollution contributor and it’s harming wildlife. Also, the chemicals involved in the production of plastic is becoming a health issue as well. Companies need to adopt environmentally friendly packing in order to keep our Earth clean, keep us healthy, and to protect the wildlife. Most of our trash ends up in places like landfills, beaches, and the ocean. It’s caused by companies dumping their waste there but it’s also because people treat the Earth like one giant trash can. Once they are done with their soda can or their gum wrapper, they just dump it onto the ground without a single ounce of respect for their community or their planet. And because one person decides that it’s okay, everyone else does too. And before you know it, you have pi

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

    In my opinion, one of the biggest problems in our country is the amount of trash that ends up in our oceans. It is estimated that there is 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic waste in our oceans today. That is 5.25 trillion pieces too many. How do we reduce packaging waste in our oceans? The answer is simple. If each person takes it upon themselves as an individual to alter some of the things they use in everyday life, we can decrease the amount of packaging waste in our oceans. Something as simple as using a reusable water bottle instead of a plastic one can make a huge difference. More than 8 million water bottles are found in our oceans each year. The numbers will only go up if we don't do something now. By not buying plastic water bottles you are limiting the amount that ends up in the ocean by a tremendous amount. Another simple solution can be bringing reusable bags to the grocery store instead of using the plastic ones every time. When my mom goes to the grocery store she comes home

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  6. The Price of Unsustainable Packaging: A Company’s Role

    Packaging is ubiquitous. Bought a new watch? It is likely sitting on a piece of plastic within a box. A dishwasher? Time to remove the plastic bag, foam, and cardboard. How about a candy bar? Take off the wrapper before you eat it. All this packaging, especially if its plastic, threatens the Earth, no matter how insignificant it may seem in a garbage can.

    Environmentally friendly packaging is often recyclable or biodegradable. Recycling ensures packaging will be reused, either as is, such as using paper padding from one shipment on another, or after being made into something else, such as paper into cardboard. Biodegradable materials can be broken down easily, such as paper and even some plastics. Both methods prevent a buildup of unused plastic in the environment and are more sustainable than unrecyclable and non-biodegradable materials. Sustainability, or the practice of meeting humanity’s current needs while not sacrificing the needs of future generations, is vital to t

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  7. ASU: Diversion Over Dumpster

    Arizona State University is using many different techniques to try and reduce waste. In the dining halls instead of plastic straws paper straws are being used as well as reusable food containers that are used at all hours of service. There are also programs that either try and limit the amount of goods that are sent to landfills as well as programs that are not allowing waste that will end up in a landfill to be used at the university. These accommodations have proven successful and are likely to continue being successful in becoming a more sustainable university.

    The use of these “green boxes” at the dining halls are not only for the safety of the students in a time of a pandemic but also to help reduce waste. Instead of having to throw away paper containers at every meal, the green boxes are used and then washed and used again throughout the day. They are completely sanitized and have more than enough that in the cases the boxes are not returned they are prepared to continue to

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  8. Impacts of Sustainability

    The topic of going green is extremely prevalent in our world today, and I feel adhered to illustrate why. There has been an increase in issues which pollution, trash within our oceans, and the reverberations of unsustainable packaging has continued to make its mark on our globe. With the new year comes a change in perspective, and more companies must reconsider the effects of environmentally friendly packaging, as it would help protect not only our environment, but our personal communities as well. By using packaging that is produced from all natural, biodegradable materials; it limits our carbon effect on the globe and the trade-off is a resulted faster production time and less materials used to create something that protects the environment, rather than one than negatively affects it.

    The time is crucial to act, and eco-friendly packaging has proved to be smarter, safer and can be used for multiple other purposes. We can reuse already owned items, and additionally these items

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  9. Keeping Up with Climate Change

    For years the world has known about the dangers of climate change; the chaotic weather changes, the rising ocean levels, and the increasing destruction of our atmosphere due to greenhouse gases are challenges we continue to face and try to find an answer for. Despite years of warnings from scientists, and visible changes to our planet and its ecosystems, humanity continued to deny the dangers we were causing through our gluttonous consumption of goods and resources. It's only been within the last few decades that people have realized the severity of the damage we have caused our earth, and what this means for humanity and our future. However, despite this growing recognition, there still continues to be problems in regards to how we conduct our lifestyles and business. For example, in recent years there has been a growing call for individuals to change their lifestyle habits to benefit the environment; from increasing recycling to using reusable water bottles, it has become the mission

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  10. Pollution's Affects on Disadvantaged Communities Calls for Environmental Friendly Packaging

    There is an overwhelming amount of reasons that companies should adopt more environmentally friendly packaging. Other than the obvious reasons such as global warming, trash / landfill accumulation, and the overall detriment to our planet, there are many ethical and social reasons companies need to adopt more environmentally friendly packaging.

    I am currently a junior studying electrical engineering with a focus in energy in power systems with a minor in sustainability. I have now accumulated over two years of experience working in the energy sphere. I have been a NASA intern in the photovoltaics department, worked at a lab researching more sustainable ways to create solar cells, and worked on developing a solar panel for the Shonto Indian Reservation. I understand the implications of energy and the importance of energy.

    When thinking of environmentally friendly packaging, it is important to acknowledge the material the packaging is made of and think in terms of a circular

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