Packaging Your Future

How Does Packaging to Help Brands to Design the ECO Friendly Packaging to Protect the Earth?

As packaging professionals, we have a responsibility to be mindful of the environmental impact of our work. This is because the packaging we design and use has a direct impact on the amount of waste generated, the resources used, and the pollution created. For example, the plastic waste effect on the environment has long been recorded and discussed. The world at large produces about 419 million tons of plastic every year, while roughly  11 million of tons of plastic become plastic pollution in the sea. On top of that, it’s been found that 91% of all plastic waste is not recycled, further exacerbating the plastic crisis.

It seems that the notion of a plastic free world has been a much debated topic recently. While that goal appears very honorable, it diminishes the many benefits that plastics provide. The American Chemistry Council has committed to working to solve some of the biggest challenges facing our world, including plastic waste. Through engagement, advocacy, communications and research, the ACC strives to foster progress in our economy, environment and society.

Benefits Well Beyond Convenience

  • 1. Strong and lightweight: allowing us to ship more product with significantly less packaging material than alternatives. Using less in the first place lowers plastics’ environmental footprint throughout a package’s lifecycle.
  • 2. Plastic helps keep the things we use fresh, clean, sanitary, and in some instances sterile—helping to keep the people we care about safer and healthier. 
  • 3. Plastics are extremely efficient materials that help lower our environmental footprint in almost every part of modern life; at the same time we need to do a better job of recycling and recovering plastics after they are used.
  • 4. The drive toward an increasingly circular economy for plastic packaging will help conserve natural resources such as energy, water, and food; support resource efficiency and optimization; and reduce waste and emissions into the environment.
  • 5. By implementing a circular economy for plastics within an overall sustainable materials management framework, we enable society to sustain economic growth while improving the environment for future generations. 
  • System changes are underway that will transform the ways we recover and recycle plastics resources. In recent years, the global shift towards sustainability has influenced various industries, prompting businesses to reconsider their practices and values. One key area where this change is evident is in packaging. Sustainable packaging not only addresses environmental concerns, but also significantly impacts a brand’s success. 

  • There are many things we can do as packaging professionals to reduce our environmental impact. Here are a few tips:

    - Use recycled materials whenever possible.
    - Design packaging that is easy to reuse or recycle.
    - Reduce the amount of packaging used.
    - Encourage consumers to recycle their packaging.

    By making small changes, we can make a big difference. I encourage all of my fellow packaging professionals to join me in making sustainability a priority.

Post time: 2024-05-31 09:40:01
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