Apple and Coca-Cola are among the multinational brands who have actively taken steps towards packaging sustainability, a concept which should be at the forefront of all businesses. Among the most sustainable packaging materials is polyethylene (PE) foam, a fully reusable and recyclable product which is inexpensive and readily available, as well as being very easy to customise to a specific shape. The use of such materials is the way forward for companies wishing to enhance their brand image through active engagement in sustainable packaging practices.
Amazon Dash: does the world really need more little pieces of plastic?
Excerpt from the full original article by Senay Boztas on Guardian Circular Economy
Coffee is the most popular drink across the globe, with over 400 billion cups consumed yearly. In Britain, 500g of coffee is consumed per person, per year, with a total of £730 million spent on coffee every year. A shocking 50% of the US population drinks a cup of coffee everyday, whether from household coffee machines, at work, or out on the go.
Think of all the disposable cups, pods, and milk jugs thrown in the trash, the energy used to produce and roast the beans, and the distance the beans travel to end up in your cup. No one wants to give up their morning caffeine kick, but there’s always a way to lessen your impact on the environment.
“If you eat Asian food, you have the experience of using single-use chopsticks. Almost 25 million trees and bamboo plants are needed. So, in order to avoid such waste, people started repurposing them.“
ecotip: Have your own set of reusable chopsticks, and whenever you go to a restaurant or order takeout, tell them not to include chopsticks 🙂
Babies are hard work, so nobody is going to judge you if you sometimes run down to a drug store to pick up an easy bag of disposables to keep your baby clean and dry. However, it is easier than ever to look beyond the old disposable, and we hope this guide will give you inspiration.
Want to save money and the planet at the same time? Annie Leonard, executive director of Greenpeace USA, gives us some tips. (Hint: Buy less stuff.)
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Since plastics were first introduced to the U.S. during the mid-late 19th century, we’ve been dependent on the material for it’s versatility, convenience, and function. Currently, plastics are one of the most used materials on a volume basis in U.S. industrial and commercial life. Unfortunately, the sheer mass of plastic used to make containers, packaging, appliances, plates, cups, and so forth has gravely impacted the environment. An estimated 46,000 pieces of plastic occupy each square mile of ocean and at least two thirds of the world’s fish stocks are suffering from plastic ingestion.
Alternative materials—such as reclaimed wood, steel, and glass—can help gradually reduce our reliance on plastic and pose less of an impact on the Earth. Reducing plastic use can range from short term decisions—swapping plastic sandwich bags for washable canvas or throwaway plastic utensils for metal ones—to more long term changes, such as trading in your plastic picnic tables for reclaimed wood barn tables. Making smart swaps can make a big difference over time.