Monthly Archives: September 2021

  1. The Plastic Problem and Companies’ Responsibility to the Environment

    “Single-use plastic” is one of the biggest villains in today’s environmental crisis. We hear the sad stories about sea animals stuck in food packaging, and birds who die with stomachs full of plastic sacks, yet it seems we cannot escape using these products. Sustainable is not accessible to all people, and while recycling programs, reusable grocery bags, and metal straws help the environment, the impact an individual has on the plastic problem is meek compared to big corporations, and manufacturers. The more companies that switch to sustainable packaging, will mean it is more accessible to individuals, and the bigger positive impact on the environment we will see. This is not unattainable for companies, as there are many ways to make an impact on their environmental impact, and even small steps by these companies could bring us closer to a cleaner, safer world.

    Every trip to the grocery store is like visiting a museum of single-use plastic. Shampoo, conditioner and soap in pl

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  2. Stepping Towards a Cleaner Ocean

    My Experience With Sea Trash

    A few of my best friends attend college on the island of Oahu, now you know what i’m thinking right? WOOHOO HAWAII TRIP. What a perfect opportunity to go spend some time on the beaches of Hawaii with my favorite people. Well, I did exactly that — and definitely didn’t think about anything else. On my first day there we took a five minute, yes only five minutes, walk down to Bikini Beach near their house.

    “Don’t forget to put on your shoes.” My friend told me as we made our way down the steps onto the sand. At first I was confused as the sensation of your feet being encapsulated by the warm sand is notably one of the best feelings ever.

    “Shoes? Why would I need sho— ” As my eyes met the shoreline I cut off my words and I realized why she would say that. There was sharp plastic and random bits of trash dispersed all along the beach. Discarded shoves and miscellaneous flip flops which were missing their other half, rocki
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  3. Should Energy Independence Be a Goal for the United States

    Yes, the United States should actively pursue the ability to become energy independent. Notice how I said the ability and not to ultimately go through. We talked before about the large amount of political influence we gain buying oil as well as the necessity for oil price and checkpoint security. These tie into our decision of staying non independent and the reading "Making Sense of ’Energy Independence'" definitely bases its opinion heavily on staying that way but makes one key flaw. The opposing argument doesn’t actually want full independence only the ability to do so which is a much more costly threat. Republicans preach about the jobs the industry will create and opportunity it will create, but the deeper strength their aiming for is pressure on the global-economic status of the country.

    Micro-economics has taught us through trading we can create more in unison with other countries then independently through trade even if they are third world country status through comparative adv

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  4. Reducing Packaging Waste in Oceans

    Let’s face it. Our planet is facing a crisis. The amount of trash this world produces is getting out of control. Not only are our lands in jeopardy but even our oceans are under attack by mounds and mounds of trash. Reducing packaging waste in oceans, in my opinion, starts at the company or manufacturer level. Consumers should be more conscientious by not buying any product in single use plastic containers. But if companies or manufacturers did not produce them then they would not be bought by the consumer.

    Manufacturing single use plastics needs to be taken more seriously and seen as a threat to the very existence and survival of not only our oceans and their inhabitants but also as a threat to us, humans. We as consumers are poisoning the animals in our oceans which will cause extinctions of species, slowly but surely. Eating seafood will then become a thing of the past. Therefore, it is very important to consider that prevention needs to begin at the company level. Companies n

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  5. Go for Green Packaging

    The environment we live in has been going through a crisis for far too long. Climate change, air pollution, and ocean pollution are just a few of the issues our planet is struggling to fight against because of our actions that are impacting our environment. Only 9% of the world’s plastic has been recycled between 1950 and 2015; 9%, that number is too small. The other 91% of the world's plastic has gone into polluting our ecosystems and oceans. Plastic has become one of the world’s largest environmental enemies because of how much it impacts the environment, and how little is truly recycled. Companies should start adopting environmentally friendly packaging because it reduces our carbon footprint, becomes part of the brand's message, and reduces the overall use of plastic material. Our actions have contributed to this environmental crisis, but there are still ways we can try to reduce it. Environmentally friendly packaging can help reduce our carbon footprint with things like biodegradable mat

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  6. Why Should More Companies Adopt Environmentally Friendly Packaging?

    We live in a capitalist nation. Naturally, consumerism is extremely high here in the U.S. The amount of unrecyclable packaging feels like a slap on the face, while the majority of the population watches their every move trying to keep their carbon footprint as minimal as possible. If we have to try so hard to reduce our plastic waste, why don’t profitable companies make their product packaging more environmentally friendly? Unfortunately, anything surrounding what is considered environmentally friendly or not is controversial. This is because this is an argument between ethics and morals, and economics. To put it plainly, plastic is cheap, durable, and does a great job of protecting products between when they are packaged and when it gets to the customer. The recycling industry is an inconsistent and expensive vendor and isn’t a “slam dunk” solution to the overwhelming plastic consumption. If the recycling industry was invested into, a whole job market would open up, overall environmental conscio

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  7. The Future of Sustainable Packaging

    The future of sustainable packaging, like the future of anything else, is difficult to predict. There will be changes in public demand, government incentives and new technologies. We do know that sustainable packaging will be part of our future and that companies that figure it out sooner rather than later will have a competitive advantage in the market.

    The current consumer habits and practices of product manufacturers, in general, are unsustainable with regard to pollution, destruction of eco-systems and climate change. We also know that current sustainable packaging practices are not working to the degree that they need to work. According to the EPA, only one half of many packaging materials are recycled. Furthermore, for most types of materials, the total amount of packaging used has increased such that the absolute total amount of non-recycled packaging has increased since 1960 [1].

    Therefore, if we accept that sustainable packaging is essential for a successful

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