Monthly Archives: July 2021

  1. Going Green – Why Should More Companies Adopt Environmentally Friendly Packaging?

    What is our trajectory in evolving all future packaging to be sustainable? Will it take five years? More? An even twenty years? The nature of our throwaway living has exacted an insurmountable toll from our global nature environments. Consider just the resources utilized to produce current packaging. Various types of energy, water, petroleum, and wood fibers are some examples of what industry uses to produce packaging. At the ground level, these resources are not only being depleted at an alarming rate, but they also generate a large part of the carbon footprint we are so desperately trying to reduce. Now we can view the end product, packaging, as a series of consumables that take up the space on store shelves, in warehouses, and most disparagingly, in our landfills.

    While packaging is necessary to protect the product, I would argue that companies have grossly over wrapped their commodities. In the future, in my imagination, I can see packaging being reduced to a biodegradable

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  2. Green is the New Black

    The human population continues to exponentially grow, which means that our pollution population will do the same. Due to the outstanding efforts from amazing influences there has been a spike in the awareness of the dangers. More companies can, and should, adopt more environmentally friendly packaging because consumers are flocking to new habits, there are more affordable solutions, and the planet along with us are counting on them to do so.

    Everyday we are made aware that our habits are catapulting Earth into a dangerous future for mankind. These flares of necessary news that are being lit along social media platforms, documentaries, books, and in the classroom, have given humanity a fighting chance. Part of the fight against climate change is choosing products and companies that align with the same green values as the consumer families possess. Similar to many other habits, the habit of recycling and choosing environmentally friendly companies to buy products from, is being

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  3. The Harmful Use and Production of Plastics in Packaging

    Almost everything we buy from convenience stores, grocery stores, and even online shopping, is encased in plastic. For companies, it is an inexpensive and durable way to package their products. However, plastics biodegrade to a point (into microplastics) which continue to pollute our environment and us through the sea life we consume. The production of plastics themselves also release carbon emissions into the atmosphere. More companies should consider the use of sustainable and biodegradable packaging rather than its harmful counterpart in order to reduce carbon emissions and microplastics that affect the food chain.

    First, if less plastics were produced, it would mean lessening our carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. Not only does the production of plastics cause harm to the environment, but so does the extraction of materials in order to make them. Fossil fuels are needed in order to make plastic such as oil, gas, and coal (Bauman, 2019, para. 7) which cause emissions to

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  4. How Do We Reduce Packaging Waste in the World's Oceans?

    I was born and raised in what is thought to be the “greenest” state in the United States, Alaska. I lived on a small island in the Southeast panhandle, it is a fishing village that depends on the ocean for so much of their livelihoods. I have been living in Washington state now, for over 20 years and have not been back to visit in quite some time. Last week, I had the opportunity to revisit my hometown. To say that I was appalled would be an enormous understatement. Spending the past 20 years away, I had quickly grown accustomed to recycling and reducing my carbon footprint. It has become a way of life.

    When I arrived last week, I quickly noticed that the streets and sidewalks were full of litter and debris. It was disheartening. I feel that as we grow up, every one of us has an image of our hometown and its perfect beauty. I also noticed as I walked to my hotel, that there was not a single recycling receptacle in sight. This was unimaginable to me. I had a lunch date with an

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  5. The Importance of Eco-Friendly Packaging

    Companies should adopt environmentally friendly packaging because it is unavoidable that humans consume goods, and whenever humans consume goods, packaging accumulates with each purchase. Instead of allowing more and more plastic to pile up in our landfills and oceans, it would be best for companies to adopt less harmful packaging in order to take better care of the earth and its inhabitants. After all, we only get one planet.

    Unrecycled plastic packaging can cause damage to wildlife in oceans and in other natural habitats. It is commonly known that garbage in our oceans can become entangled with wildlife, which may cause them distress, confusion, and potentially harm or death. Recently, businesses have instituted more eco-friendly practices such as switching to paper straws because plastic straws are known to cause harm to aquatic life. Another negative aspect of garbage in our oceans is that plastic eventually breaks down into micro-plastics, which fish and aquatic wildlife

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  6. E-Commerce and the Future of Sustainable Packaging

    As global awareness of mindful, environmental living increases, it is important to reflect on what the future of sustainable packaging looks like in a world that is becoming ever more dependent on e-commerce, which has been further exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Nearly half of all plastic ever manufactured has been made in the last 21 years, and one-time use packaging accounts for forty percent of all plastics produced. Less than one-fifth of all plastic is recycled globally, with the United States recycling just nine percent of all its plastic waste. E-commerce grew a staggering forty-four percent in 2020 alone, with 2021 projected to follow closely behind. These statistics will have devastating consequences on the health of our natural ecosystems if online retailers and our governments do not begin to implement green solutions.

    Plastic, a product of human innovation, is not biodegradable. Every single item of plastic packaging that has ever been created still exists

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  7. Why Should Companies Adopt Eco-friendly Packaging? More Like, Why Don't They?

    Spanning across the West Coast of America to Japan there is a world known, man-made plastic island. As inviting as that may sound, it isn’t. Garbage from all over the world ends up in this patch of junk. It’s known as Pacific trash vortex, and it’s all our faults. This plastic island won’t decompose or simply fade away, it’s there for the long run. It’s hurting marine life, air quality and ruining costal fun. Take into consideration every plastic bottle, cardboard box, and paper you didn’t recycle. Imagine that just sitting in a pile on the ocean’s surface. Gross isn’t it?

    Environmentally friendly packaging could be our planet’s saving grace. If at any time we have the option to make packaging compostable, biodegradable, or recyclable, we should jump on it. Many big corporations and companies have this option but refuse to use it on account of cost. Just a simple change from a few companies could lead to the greater part of the world “going green”. Adopting biodegradable packaging

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  8. Changing The Face of Packaging

    I am a firm believer in recycling and reducing the world’s plastic usage overall. I carry around my tote bags, my reusable straws, biodegradable and recycled water bottles, and pick up trash I see littered outside. But even with my personal contributions and beliefs, I do not think that all recycling is the made equally.

    The question in this instance is whether or not packaging recycling works or not, and I regret to say that I do not think this is a very effective system. Paper and plastic products that are used in the packaging industry, while lightweight and cheap, can only be recycled a given amount of times before they are no longer usable. This varies depending on the exact material but in comparison, natural resources such as glass and aluminum are infinitely recyclable because they can continuously be melted down and remolded into a new shape and identity. I propose that instead of using single use plastic or seeming recyclable cardboard for packaging purposes, to use b

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  9. Shaping the Future: Paper-Based Packaging and the Environment

    In recent years, there has been an increase in awareness concerning the negative long-term effects of human activity on the surrounding environment. One of these areas of concern is the release of toxins from plastics, waste frequently discharged from factories, into nearby bodies of water. By continuing to develop more environmentally-conscious practices in industry, such as by moving to paper-based packaging, and by choosing to take small steps in our personal lives, we will be able to lessen the number of toxins released into the environment and prevent its harmful effects.

    Several businesses have sought to minimize toxin release into the environment by choosing to recycle and repurpose old waste. Whether it be turning old cardboard boxes into things such as paper towel and toilet paper, recycling plastics to be used in credit cards and sunglasses, turning old rubber into playground equipment, turning milk cartons into benches, or even using material such as plastics bags

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