Images of plastic oceans have started to dominate the media. We have all seen those horrific images of animals being stuck in nets, or even dying because of the plastic that we humans, produce and throw away. There is a “7th Continent” of rubbish in the middle of the Pacific Ocean which has been dubbed the “Great Pacific garbage patch”. As climate change dominates the agenda, more and more environmentally conscious initiatives have started to gain momentum.
This is especially true for the packaging industry where alternatives to plastic have truly begun to come about as consumers demand companies to become more green. People are turning to companies that have started placing importance on environmental issues and turning away from single use plastics. In fact this issue is so important, the European Commission has written an article titled “Recyclable plastic alternative takes on the packaging market”stating that plastic alternatives will give “marine wildlife a fighting chance.”
Green Business Bureau has provided a great list for eco-friendly packaging which it discusses at length in its blog post “9 Eco-Friendly Packaging Alternatives for Your Business’s Shipping Needs”. It states that “the concept of “cradle-to-cradle” — taking responsibility for a product’s impact from the sourcing of the materials to its ultimate disposal — is also becoming increasingly popular”. Tim Skyes, has also recently published an article titled “Assessing the paper-based alternative”. He mentions that “recent research has estimated that in European supermarkets 1.5 million tonnes of plastic could be replaced annually”. We do have to take responsibility for our actions and indeed seek and find alternative solutions to this mess that essentially we have created. So, what are some alternatives you use for your company? How do you think we can further raise awareness regarding this issue? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.