Sustainable Packaging

We at iBanPlastic.com are committed to putting an end to plastic pollution that proved to be highly detrimental to our natural environment. The extreme production and unnecessary applications for plastic are risking the safety of many species, including us. The degradation process of a single piece of plastic can take half a century, which sounds like forever! The worldwide dependence on plastic has gone crazy over the years that the amount we produce is going out of control. Today, plastic is literally everywhere, and it slowly poisons us to death. Aside from its toxicity, the mere production of plastics contributes enormously to the carbon dioxide emissions, leading to us to even more significant problems like global warming and climate change. Thus, this might not be the perfect time to stand by and do nothing since this is obviously a global concern.

So how do we fight plastic pollution? For starters, we can reduce, reuse, and recycle plastics. But pros like us do it better – we BAN single-use plastics! You heard it folks, as simple as that. However, we heard there’s another game-changing solution to this problem, and they call it “sustainable packaging”. Let me break this down to into three parts.

Plastic Pollution and the Packaging Industry

Of all the 300 million tons of plastics produced yearly, only 10% are being recycled. A significant portion of the plastic wastes is coming from the industry of packaging products. Packaging techniques are made to preserve the life and quality of the products, and most are for foods. I mean, come on, who doesn’t need food, right? As a matter of fact, 37% of the world’s food packages, like plastic bottles and pack lunches, are made up of single-use plastics. This makes our arch nemesis, the plastic, of course, to be the “king” material for this side of the industry. Imagine how much plastic-based food packages each of us uses on a daily basis. Multiply that by 7.6 billion people in the world, and again multiply the product by 365 days year. I can’t provide the exact figure for you but the equation will at least put us into a consensus that discarded food packages produced annually is a LOT! In order to reduce this, a campaign for sustainable packaging is slowly being turned into a mainstream. So what exactly is sustainable packaging? Well, that leads us to this next deal.

Understanding the Concept of Sustainable Packaging

Sustainable packaging is the effort for developing packaging forms and ideas to make it more sustainable. By definition, the word “sustainable” is being able to maintain a particular rate or level. Therefore, sustainable packaging is the strategic design to develop packaging products with improved life cycles for better usability over and over again. This will produce less plastic trash and reduce negative environmental impact and ecological footprint. In conclusion, sustainable packaging is the struggle to meet the functional and economic needs of the present without compromising the future generations to meet their own needs. The process may include careful analyses in choosing the design, materials, processing, and life cycle of the package with great consideration for the environment. Sounds promising, correct? The problem is, how precisely can we be able to pull this off? Well, carry on, because we’re about to proceed to the most important part of this topic.

Sustainable Packaging

Implementing the Course of Action

To tell you honestly, sustainable packaging is such an ambitious account. However, don’t forget the fact that we humans only need a thing when pursuing something, and that is “possibility”. Is it simple? No. Is it easy? Definitely not.  Is it possible? Absolutely yes! And that, my dear, is the only thing we need to qualify us in taking this course of action.

We must bear in mind that this endeavour, like any success stories, is a massive collaboration. In particular, we’re talking about the producers, manufacturers, distributors, consumers, and lawmakers. This is like a phenomenal team play when done properly, so let me uncover the tricks.

First, the producers. We’re referring to the producers of raw materials for packaging products.  Oh, they need to calibrate their list of choices in pointing out the most efficient packaging materials to hit the goal. I’m talking about avoiding petroleum-based non-biodegradable products like plastic, and turn to natural ones like paper.

Second, the manufacturers. They should be using their imagination more in creating innovations for their packaging designs. It’s crucial to make their stuffs less but more reusable. It may take a while to add reusable features to their products while keeping a minimalist approach, but we are a product of 4.6 billion years of evolution, so there’s no need to worry. I’m sure they can get the hang of it in no time.

Third, the distributors. Supermarkets and grocery stores should just ditch the plastic bags and replace them with reusable eco-bags or paper bags. Costa Rica is the first region in Europe to actually face the problem head-on by imposing a total ban for plastic shopping bags.

Fourth, the consumers. It only takes one crucial thing – discipline. Yes, we are a highly intelligent species, always on top of the food chain, blah, blah, blah. But man, we can get really stubborn, and our negligence is all over the place! Just don’t get anything plastic, alright? Stop patronising fast-food chains and stores that show no regard for the environment. Do the sacred Rs to manage your wastes with emphasis on reusing and recycling as much as you can.

Fifth, the law-makers. These are the only people capable of controlling the first four. They should impose laws to support sustainable packaging and implement these laws as flawless as they can.

At the end of the day, we can always choose to make and mark a big difference. Sustainable packaging is a great idea, but putting it into action is a much grander idea!

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