Monthly Archives: August 2021

  1. Dura-Pack’s Plan for Reducing Packaging Waste in the World’s Oceans

    As a prospective Marine and Coastal Science Student, the quite literal sea of never-ending plastic waste which has consumed our oceans is a key reason as to why I am joining this important STEM field. It has been known for years that ocean plastic will outnumber the fish that are known to be in the ocean by 2040. It is important to note that again these are all, known fish, since only 30% of our oceans have been discovered. So, what can major companies like Dura-Pack do to ensure that there is an ocean left for students in the marine sciences like me to study? The answer is easy from a student perspective, move from plastic to biodegradable packaging. Now it is understood from a business standpoint this seems to not be an essential consideration right now since companies rely on the cheapest material to be made into something simple to then be sold to companies in bulk and make sure that their reliant companies purchase again because plastic is single use, and the process happens again

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  2. The Truth of Sustainable Packaging: Today and Beyond

    Prior to COVID-19 online shopping was substantially gaining in popularity. It was a way for rural areas to obtain necessary supplies that were not readily available in their communities, and suburban cities to avoid traffic and save time, just for starters. Then came Covid and the places we would frequent for everyday supplies shutdown and recycling and the environment took a backseat to a world pandemic. Consumers now relied more heavily on online shopping and takeout food like never before. With this came a surge in packaging waste and the even more important task of finding a way to design packaging that could be fully recycled and not harm the environment.

    With this new birth of online shopping dependency, developing packaging is only one part of the issue and is myopic in thinking. The solution to reducing waste must be a multi-pronged approach and start at a higher level and that is with the amount of packaging that items are shipped in, or in the case of takeout food

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  3. Oceans and Accountability

    Picture this, It’s 2021, there’s hoverboards, civilian space expeditions, and self driving cars. But we still can’t figure out what to do with all the plastic! When plastic hit the market, the quicker and disposable packaging solution, the ocean was doomed.

    You can’t walk fifteen feet without seeing some debris in the street. All this is ending up in the bellies of marine wildlife. And if it doesn’t end there, it’s a gelatinous swamp in the ocean. So the real questions are, why aren’t companies adopting more recyclable friendly packaging? Do the recycling systems we have in place even work? How can we get the plastic out of the ocean?

    Companies would have to spend more money to get recyclable packaging. My mother wrote to a yogurt company asking them why they did not use a recyclable container. Their answer was simply, having cheaper packaging made their prices cheaper for the consumer. Regardless, the price of consumables tend to rise as the years pass due to inflat

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  4. Why Companies Should Adopt Eco-friendly Packaging

    Companies should adopt environmentally friendly packaging because we only have 1 earth and, there are no nearby planets to shelter, and it hurts the ocean with the waste of plastic/trash. They should also adopt environmentally friendly packaging because it sets examples for young people and old people alike. It also brings awareness to customers and employers to keep the planet clean. They are also biodegradable, and eco-friendly materials will not take centuries to break down. Eco-friendly materials require fewer materials to produce and boost sales by attracting more customers. Customers today are all about sustainability. These packages can be easily recycled, saving more energy and pollution. It inspires people to do the same. I was inspired when a particular Walmart in California had recycled bags and, I used them from now on. Recycling prevents the emission of many greenhouse gases and water pollutants. Companies will set the example to take environmentally friendly packaging seriously

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  5. Sustainable Packaging Begins with Enforcement

    Packaging is everywhere and part of most of our daily lives. From the plastic Starbucks coffee cup to the Styrofoam Thai food takeout box, we are filling landfills and our oceans with non-biodegradable products. If we are to create a better future regarding our packaging, we are going to need help from our governments. In 2020, when COVID began, the U.S. government was able to mandate that all persons were required to wear masks when in stores and in public. More than a year later, the masks persist, showing that when the government wants to enforce the public to do something, they can. It is on this logic that my argument stands. The government needs to slowly implement laws prohibiting the production, use, and importation of plastic and Styrofoam packaging.

    While there are many kinds of plastics, they all last long enough to do damage to our environment. The American Chemistry Society notes that plastic bags fall into two categories: one that lasts 10-20 years and the other

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  6. The Future of Sustainable Packaging

    Scientific research predicts that in 2050 there will be more plastics-based waste materials than fish in the oceans. All these plastic materials come from packaging materials. The future of packaging extremely determines the general environmental condition of the planet earth. New and technological advancements are being devised every day to combat the prediction as every individual, starting from big to small companies, governments, and consumers across the globe becomes more cautious about the effects of plastic packaging (Boz, Korhonen, & Koelsch Sand, 2020). For several decades plastics have been the only alternative for packaging bought goods and packaging products across the globe. Scientific warnings have been ignored until the effects of excessive plastic manufacturing started revealing its danger on the planet due to excess pollution both inland and water bodies. New measures are now being taken to reduce the mass production of plastic-based packaging materials and emulate eco-friendly

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  7. Do Package Recycling Programs Work?

    To answer this question we must first define what it means for the program to work? Does that mean a Target percentage of participation in the recycling program? Does it mean a measurable return on investment by the company? Measuring the true environmental impact to the world at large is nearly impossible, but you can set measurable goals and metrics by which to judge your success.

    I will discuss here the return on investment perspective. However noble a business's intentions with a recycling program, the financial impact to the company is still the number one goal. Sustainability and corporate social responsibility programs allow a company to make a statement about their commitment to our environment and the betterment of our society.

    Recyclable packaging shows supply chain partners and customers a commitment to sustainability and our impact on the environment. This can lead to an improved reputation with consumers, but does it relate to increased profitability and

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  8. Save the Ocean, Save the World: How to Prevent Plastic from Entering the Ocean

    On July 20, 1969, the world watched as Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon and spoke those famous words, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Since then, the scientific community has had its eyes pointed upwards when right below our feet is a whole other world we need to explore. The World Wildlife Foundation shockingly points out that science knows “more about the moon than the ocean floor.” Earth’s oceans hold some of the greatest mysteries left for mankind, and with our climate crisis nearing the point of no return, we may not ever get to fully explore that great frontier. Our plastic usage over the last seventy years has put us in a dire position, and that is why it is urgent that we reduce plastic in our oceans to save our planet. By exposing the truths about the issues facing our oceans, and in turn, our bodies and then reflecting on how our actions lead us to this point, we can shed some light on new ways to create a healthier future for our oceans and ourselv

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  9. The Existential Threat That is Plastic Pollution

    How many times have you opened a package and had to dig through layers of plastic in order to get to the item you ordered? According to Plastic Oceans packaging makes up 40% of total plastic usage, each year five hundred million plastic bags are used world wide and more than one million are used every minute. Beverage bottles alone take up a great deal of plastic usage, in 2014, 100.7 billion plastic bottles were sold in the U.S. alone, accounting for 315 bottles for each person. Ten million tons of plastic are dumped into our world's oceans annually which is equivalent to more than a garbage truck load per minute and every year, one million marine animals are killed by this plastic pollution. Not only should we be concerned about the wildlife's involuntary consumption of plastic but even humans consume over forty pounds of plastic in their lifetime.

    The tragic reality of plastic pollution that faces us is s grimming look at our future. It pains me to see the streets of my town

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  10. Tiktok: An Unlikely Space for Sustainability Efforts

    From brand owners and retailers, to packaging converters, manufacturers, and suppliers, many value-based businesses are concerned with the future of sustainable packaging, as well as their consumers. The current literature reflects that 37% of U.S. consumers prioritize sustainability when making buying decisions, while 30% of consumers are willing to pay a premium for products that deliver on sustainability claims. In the past ten years we have seen a movement towards eliminating single-use plastics, utilization of starch-based packaging, and a push to reduce, reuse, and recycle. And yet, with the onset of COVID-19, fast tracking e-commerce usage has presented unique concerns regarding the future of sustainable packaging. Healthcare delivery in particular relies on plastic products in order to meet essential needs better than any other material can. The demand of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) both in terms of medical equipment, as well as resources utilized by businesses (such as

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