Using sustainable packaging to reduce plastic waste

Using sustainable packaging to reduce plastic waste

Each passing minute the equivalent of one rubbish truck of plastic leaks into earth’s rivers and other water bodies, ultimately ending up in the oceans. Almost a 100 million marine animals die each year due to this  discarded plastic. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation predicts that by 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. While plastic has found a way to seep into almost components of our daily life, it’s the packaging we use that generates the most plastic waste of any sector. Much awareness about this has also been spread recently and in this growing world, consumers are ever so conscious of what they buy and what its repercussions on the planet are.  

The foremost and the effective way to go about inducing changes in packaging is the direct elimination of plastic, whilst other creative alternatives range from using innovative packaging ideas ,reusing, returning, to substituting plastic with paper and other degradable materials. Other plastic substitutes include laser-etching vegetables as well as engineered cardboard. Today ,there’s also a growing emphasis on how containers can be reused and recycled.  

Plastic should be kept in the loop of a circular economy where so that continuity in its use can be achieved through reusing and recycling.  Some other ecofriendly practices recently adopted by major companies includes the introduction of eco-friendly paper shreds, replacing poly pouches with recycled paper bags, bubble wraps and airbags with carton waste shredded material and 2 Ply roll and plastic security bags with security envelopes made of paper amongst other resorts.

Large companies have now also begun collaborating with suppliers, academics, start-ups and other organizations to develop new technologies. This kind of effort ensures a constant flow of innovative solutions to help achieve global argots. According to some, the greatest challenge to the increasing amount of post-consumer recycled material in packaging is the limited availability of high-quality recycled waste, particularly in developing and emerging markets. Therefore, larger stress must be placed upon recycling of plastic waste so as to ultimately increase the technical and commercial viability of such ecofriendly practices on a much larger scale. Countries should also increase their technological investment to help ensure better quality recycled materials come into the marketplace. It should also be kept in mind that the aforementioned practices must also aim to avoid unintended consequences when introducing alternative materials , a step very fundamental in limiting the environmental impact of an entity, 

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