Although very convenient, most plastics aren’t biodegradable, ending up in landfills and the ocean. Packaging generates the most plastic waste of any sector generating 141 million tonnes of waste per year with 20,000 bottles being bought every day.
In recent years, sustainability is becoming increasingly more important to consumers and businesses. So, what exactly does it mean to be sustainable? According to Investopedia, sustainability can be defined as “focusing on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”
McDonald’s have announced their packaging will be 100% recycled and renewable by 2025, and many supermarkets such as Asda are eliminating single-use plastics in favour of refillable packaging.
There are many benefits of using sustainable packaging. Using sustainable packaging reduces your carbon footprint, can save you money and can increase sales as consumer demand for green packaging increases.
For packaging to be sustainable, it must mainly consist of recycled plastic, paper, cardboard, and agricultural by-products. These materials minimise damage to the environment as well as humans as they must be non-toxic. It’s not just the packaging that’s sustainable, but the process of making it is too. Energy from production usually comes from renewable sources in order to minimise energy wastage.
So, next time you question whether to make the change to sustainable packaging, remember how it can benefit both you and the environment.