Studies have shown that packaging contributes 77.9 tons of municipal solid waste annually, 30 percent of the total waste. The figures get worse for customers. For every USD 10 spent on a product, USD 1 goes towards packaging, which eventually ends up in waste.
FREMONT, CA: Every year Amazon ships out 5 billion prime packages, or 13 million packages a day, and Amazon is just one of many companies like USPS, FedEx, and UPS. These are exclusive of industrial shipments and demand adequate packaging, which in most cases, is not really suitable for the environment. While materials like cardboard and paper have little impact on the environment, Styrofoam packing peanuts are neither biodegradable nor recyclable. Studies have shown that packaging contributes 77.9 tons of municipal solid waste annually, 30 percent of the total waste. The figures get worse for customers. For every USD 10 spent on a product, USD 1 goes towards packaging, which eventually ends up in waste. In addition, it costs nearly USD 30 per ton to recycle, USD 50 to transport it to landfill, and roughly USD 75 to incinerate, which releases toxic gasses into the atmosphere.
Climate change has been a growing concern for many years, and over the last decade, international bodies have stepped up and enforced extreme measures to try and save the environment. Companies have also stepped up to this challenge and have implemented innovative methods to tackle climate change. Green packaging has emerged as a new trend. It is reasonably priced, easy to apply, and satisfies the eco-friendly customers. Here are a few green packaging methods currently in use in the market.
Cornstarch based packaging material has seen a remarkable surge in recent years. Despite having properties similar to plastic, the content is eco friendly as it is derived from corn. The material has versatile applications. Manufacturers can use it to develop soda bottling or even to make loose fill packaging material.
Polylactic acid, or PLA, is a popular biodegradable plastic made from lactic acid. It can be used in place of traditional petroleum-based plastic and typically comes from agricultural waste, including plant starch from corn, sugarcane or beet pulp. PlantBottle is another plant-based biomaterial made from sugarcane that has become increasingly popular. Coca-Cola has been using this material for packaging its products.