Do you know every year we produce about 367 million tons of plastic that are about total weight of humans on earth?
Researchers have stated that from the 1950s to now more than 8.3 billion tons of plastic are produced and
unfortunately less than 9% of them is recycled. As we know that many products come in plastic, which is harmful to our environment.
What is the future of sustainable packaging?
When we talk about waste reduction, the issue of packaging has always been a heated topic.
Sustainable packaging is becoming more important, not just from an environmental perspective, but from a business one, too. It is a type of packaging in which the best practices are followed with respect to materials, their use, and recycling prospect. Materials engaged in packaging are bio-degradable and compostable, removing plastics in most cases. However, in some cases where plastics cannot be replaced, sustainable packaging aims to reuse the packaging or recycle the same for continued usage. Sustainable packaging is safe for the environment and individuals. It is easily bio-degradable and disposal and in many cases improves store spaces. It is a circular process that focuses on a reduce-reuse-recycle method, including minimising single-use plastic, and improving the economics and quality of recycled plastic materials.
Attempt to reduce begin at the improvement phase, where we discover the future use, the most economical way to deliver the product, the items in the packaging, its weight, and if it can be collapsible to take up less space when it does reach the landfill. At this stage, it’s important to take a long hard look at the important reason for the packaging itself, analysing what it does for the product and the consumer.
Sometimes it is as easy as refilling the packaging with the same product, but sometimes the packaging can be used for a completely different product, possibly one that means the packaging requires less cleaning or sterilization. Many times, it is essential to ensure that the energy and shipping costs of re-using a package is not greater than the value of reuse
Recycling is a crucial part of the circular economy, pushing innovation in materials to create products where the maximum amount of the material used initially can be reclaimed and used again. The best example of this is the aluminium cans, where almost all the metal is available after the cans have been recycled and a relatively small amount of energy is required to reclaim it. The high recycle throughput achieved in the aluminium space is the target for plastics and things are steadily improving.
Packaging is not only limited to product packaging while manufacturing, but also in supply chain. Demand for sustainable packaging like corrugated packaging, and aluminium is growing impressively. It protects product from damage during transportation and allows them for efficient delivery. In recent operational environment, such innovations do not only consider market and flow functions, but also an equally important and increasingly emerging factor: the environmental function. It helps to decrease the negative impact of packaging on the environment. It focuses on re-using materials and rethinking packaging for a sustainable future.
Efforts toward “greener” packaging are endorsed in the sustainability community; however, these are often seen only as incremental steps and not as an end. We strongly need to implement sustainable packaging as a permanent solution because environmental concerns are presenting humanity with one of the greatest challenges we have ever faced.
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