Monthly Archives: November 2021

  1. Going Green Packaging

    It seems like in our current environment all the talk is about pollution and other environmental concerns. Everytime you turn on the news it’s something else upsetting as it relates to avoidable environmental harm that continues to occur. It’s easy to zone out these stories and just go on living our day to day lives. These issues however are not solved just by being ignored. These issues are extremely serious matters vital to the future of our planet and our society. They may just come off as future problems for a more urgent time but in reality that time is now. It’s easy to participate in environmentally friendly activities on a personal level such as picking up trash, using less paper, and using reusable goods over plastics. These individual activities go a long way and are helpful but the real difference maker lies in the hands of big corporations and businesses. Big companies have long mastered processes and different ideal production and packaging methods to ensure the most effic

    Read more »
  2. The Future of Sustainable Packaging

    The elephant in the room lies right in front of us. As it takes up so much space, it will drop dung, it will urinate, it will need to sleep, eat, whatever. Thinking about it, all those inconveniences would vanish if we could just make it a stuffed animal: same size, same look.

    The problem that takes up so much volume is going to have to take up that volume; we can’t change that. What we can change is its substance.

    Simply put, the name of the game is changing the elephant’s influence on the room.

    No matter the parameters, regulations, or legal attacks on wherever the elephants come from, they are going to come in that size. We can only choose whether it’s living or not. What we have is an inevitability, elephants as a whole are going to be made; for the best or for the worst. We just need to make sure they’re stuffed toys. We need to make sure they’re the stuffed toys that can fill the same volume and please the same people. But what's most important is the to

    Read more »
  3. Environmentally Friendly Packaging

    We use different packaged products daily which directly lead to environmental deterioration; but who should be responsible for the reduction of harmful packaging materials? It is packaging created from recycled and renewable substances that is safe for both the environment and consumers. Packaging that is not environmentally friendly, such as chip bags, single-serving meals (in packages that are hard to recycle), or even pizza cartons, are examples of packaging that cannot be recycled. The ecosystem, particularly in the seas, doesn't need any more rubbish, and the environment needs no more landfills. This is despite the fact that the people who make and use these packages may not be aware of this fact. As a result, more businesses should look into utilizing environmentally friendly packaging. These items are more reasonably priced, minimize recyclable waste, and are currently in high demand due to excess rubbish and landfills worldwide.

    Even though a product must be protected,

    Read more »
  4. The Future: Photosynthesizing Packaging

    The future of sustainable packaging is bioplastic produced from photosynthesizing organisms. Fossil fuel based plastic is dangerous. It is harmful to human, wildlife and ecosystem health. Microplastics are both physical and chemical contaminants when consumed by humans or wildlife. As plastic is degraded by the elements the synthetic polymers and the persistent organic pollutants that make them up are released. Doubling fish consumption as advised by The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, will double your consumption of the following persistent organic pollutants: idrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor and so many more. This will result in cancer, nervous system effects, reproductive issues, disruption of thyroid function, harmful effects on liver and other organs, and increased risk for chronic disease.

    In addition to being a human carcinogen, broken down plastic polymers have an incomprehensible environmental toll. We have yet to see how we have ravaged. Plastic

    Read more »
  5. Moving to a Circular Economy

    The future of sustainable packaging is really quite simple, the difficult part is getting brands and companies to adhere and commit to doing it to create a better future. There are two future sustainable packaging routes that companies can go to, the first is to simply use less and the second is to provide reusable packaging. It is easy to see that one solution is easier than the other and should be used as a steppingstone for companies as they transform into supplying a reusable packaging model for their products. One of the biggest environmental concerns is the overconsumption of plastic, and the biggest way to make a difference is to get businesses on board by changing how they supply goods to customers. Having a circular economy is the biggest way that we can reduce the climate tragedy that is bound to happen way sooner than later. To achieve a circular economy, businesses need to understand and think about the full impact of what they do and how they package their items, from where

    Read more »
  6. Imagine yourself

    Imagine yourself swimming through the deep open blue. Swaying with each movement as the currents rip against your skin. Your body is completely enveloped by the warmth of the water. You look around you to see the magnificent world that is the ocean around you. Below you, you will find a school of fish playing and following the leader around the prickly reefs. You turn your head to find a huntress scouting for her prey; life is exactly as it's supposed to be. You take a big breath in and out of your girls and try to hold on to this moment forever because you know, many don't make it to this point.

    CRUNCH! You run into something very hard; you are dazed and confused, trying to figure out your surroundings. All of a sudden you feel the tightness around your throat; you panic and look around for help. You are being suffocated by a thin piece of plastic surrounding your throat. Each breath is getting harder and each second you feel the fear build up more and more until it consumes

    Read more »
  7. Modifying Packaging and Waste to Create a Better Environment

    Everyday, thousands of packages are delivered across the country, from homes to large companies. These packages may include food, clothing, more boxing, etc. In 2018, the United States accounted for approximately 82.2 million tons of waste, 28.1% of it being strictly from containers and packaging, increasing the negative outcome of our carbon footprint. The packaging these companies use has created irreversible damage to the environment and the earth, in which we call “home”. Furthermore, many companies have developed more advanced technologies to create an easier and quicker way to package items, however, it is not an advancement in the right direction. The packaging used by companies, such as styrofoam, plastic, and cardboard, is hurting the environment and will have life-lasting, detrimental effects on our planet. These enduring actions will further pollute the earth and cause future generations to suffer from our mistakes.

    In spite of that, not all companies continue to

    Read more »
  8. Going Green

    I think that the more companies that adopt more environmentally friendly packaging, the less waste we will produce. Take a billion-dollar company like McDonalds. They have done work to reduce their environmental footprint before, taking the plastic packaging and switching it to cardboard as cardboard can be broken down easier. But they still use plastic drinking cups that are not as easily broken down as cardboard might be. To switch to an environmentally friendlier option would benefit the carbon footprint even more. It is hard to switch, considering how large some of these companies are and that to switch to something new entirely would be hard to get the message out. The more companies that adopt the packaging, the better off we would be. With environmentally friendly packaging, we can reduce the strain on our already valuable resources and better protect the planet from being abused.

    I believe that packaging can also be changed to protect the wildlife. I think that with better

    Read more »
  9. The Cause for a Company's Conservation

    One aspect as to why companies should switch to environmentally friendly packaging is that the majority of major retail companies expect eco-friendly production from the labels they carry. An important element that major retailers prioritize is their promise to customers to promote and inhibit sustainability within their store, and this pledge extends to the companies that consist in their market. In order for businesses to be able to sell their products at large retail chains, such as Walmart and Target, they will need to uphold these sustainability and environmental expectations for packaging. Another benefit that environmentally friendly packaging will provide for companies is the reduction of shipping costs. As a result of eco-friendly materials used in the packaging production, it commonly reduces packaging materials and overall mass size, lowering the cost of transportation. These organic materials consisting in the packaging allows for less waste in production and packaging design.

    Read more »
  10. How Do We Reduce Packaging Waste in the World’s Oceans?

    Plastic Pollution is a huge problem in the world, not only do humans suffer from it but animals do as well. It is most visible in Asian African countries where garbage systems are often inefficient or non-existent. From coastal nations, about 8 million tons of plastic waste are dumped into the ocean each year. Since 1950, the volume of production has grown exponentially, from 2.3 million tons to 448 million tons by 2015. It is predicted that the production will double by 2050.

    Since plastic was produced in small quantities from the 1950s to the 1970s, plastic waste was relatively manageable. By the 1990s, plastic waste generation had more than tripled in two decades, following a similar rise in plastic production. During the early 2000s, our plastic waste production grew more rapidly in a decade than it had for 40 years previously. Today, we generate roughly 400 million tons of plastic waste annually. The weight of the entire human population is nearly equal to that.

    Read more »