ECO FRIENDLY PACKAGING

ECO FRIENDLY PACKAGING

ECO FRIENDLY PACKAGING

The sustainability movement has been slowly but surely gaining traction over the last decades. In 2019, there was a boom in the interest in global warming,climate change, and other earth-friendly related topics. Young Greta Thunberg sparkled a green revolution, and many individuals and companies got on board to protect the environment.

 

Our society is in a stage where everyone has to do their part and help. We want to be change-makers and sustainability leaders too. That is why we only offer sustainable packaging in every step of our process.

 

Conventional packaging includes a lot of (unnecessary) plastic materials that are usually not recycled. Even if the plastic is recycled, it still forms part of the linear economy. In the linear economy model, we extract raw materials to produce goods, use them, and discard them. During this linear process,other by products are used and discarded. We also create a lot of trash,including packaging.

 

B ycontrast, in a circular economy,everything is either used or returned to the earth. There is no discarding.Everything goes back into the production circle. It is a regenerative approachthat mimics the natural lifecycle. There is no trash in nature, and we should learn how to do the same.


What should sustainable packaging look like?

1. Minimalistic 

The less packaging, the better. After all, it is the unused part of the product. Keeping it as simple as possible, even if it has all the other characteristics, will preserve natural resources and diminish the need to further process the packaging. 

The less packaging there is, the less energy we will spend on the production, and later on the collection, and getting the raw materials back to the production circle. 



2. Reusable 

The more uses we can give a product and even packaging, the lower its carbon footprint and its impact on the planet. If we can use the box or packaging for other things around the house, we are prolonging its lifecycle. A well-designed cardboard box that opens up easily without tearing can be used to pack a gift, store objects, or it can be converted into a toy. Imagine cardboard made dollhouse, car, or airplane, etc. There are so many creative ideas on how to further use packaging. 

Many companies are already rethinking the packaging, and they design it with more uses in mind. We have seen bags that can be converted into clothes hangers, boxes that can serve as picture frames, and other interesting ideas.



3. Biodegradable

It is important that the packaging doesn’t leave a trace on the planet. Biodegradable means that the materials can break down into basic elements in the natural environment or landfill. They are helped by bacteria, fungi, and other biological processes. The important part is that the resulting components are not harmful to the environment. 

Many materials are biodegradable, but it will take them ages to degrade. Therefore, another aspect is the timeframe of degradation.


4. Compostable

Some materials are not biodegradable but are compostable. They will disintegrate into primary components, not harmful to the soil, in a compost environment. Usually, they decompose in industrial composting facilities. These facilities use higher temperatures and effective air ventilation. 


5. Made of renewable resources

To save our finite resources, we should prefer using renewable resources. There are other options other than using plastic materials made of fossil fuels.

Nowadays, the industry of plant-based bioplastics is booming. You can find plastic material with the same qualities made of renewable materials like starches, seaweed, and algae, cellulose, etc.


6. Recycled and recyclable

Recycling returns discarded materials into the production cycle, which decreases the need for the extraction of new raw materials. Even though recycling will not save the planet and we should focus on avoiding the need for it. It is still valuable while we transition into a fully circular economy model.


When choosing the best packaging, we should pay attention to whether the material is already recycled (1 point), and whether it is recyclable again (another extra point). Some materials are not recyclable forever, as they lose quality with each recycling. The most recyclable material on the planet is glass that never loses its quality.


Our packaging


When we chose our packaging, we came up with the best packaging possible for our products. We use recycled and FSC Certified (Forest Stewardship Council) boxes. They are filled with biodegradable plant-based packaging peanuts that dissolve in water. We only use biodegradable bioplastics, and we use paper-bases stickers. Moreover, we ensure transportation on electric vehicles to avoid using fossil fuels. 


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