Every single piece of plastic that has been manufactured since the 19th century is still not degraded and lying somewhere on land or in oceans around the world. So, if it never goes away, where does it go?
Plastic is difficult to biodegrade and scientists estimate it takes over 500 years for plastic to biodegrade. Simply walk through your local supermarket and look at the sheer number of products packaged in plastic and Styrofoam. We think recycling few tons will solve the problem but are we kidding our children and future generations?
Compostable packaging food service packaging materials are no longer just a passing trend for large organizations using sustainable packaging to enhance brand recognition. Both big industry players and startup companies alike are setting the bar high and choosing compostable packaging materials for their products.
What is better than produce long shelf life packaged in compostable trays that is replacing traditional Styrofoam trays causing huge financial losses to supermarkets. The current environmental and economic pressures on sustainability is forcing companies to increase the shelf life requirements of fresh foods and at the same time keep the environment healthy. In some cases, compostable packaging designed structures must have the same shelf life compared to traditional plastic designed structures, but consumers hate plastics.
As more and more companies begin to switch to sustainable packaging, prices of compostable and biodegradable packaging materials are also changing and food packers who want to transition to eco-friendly packaging are taking advantage of the rapidly changing cost reductions…even USDA supports this trend.
A decade ago, compostable packaging prices were at least double the amount of plastic flexible packaging materials, but trends are shifting and these days depending on the complexity of customized products, prices are pretty much the same. As demand continues to grow for compostable packaging, we believe we will see prices come down to the extend where plastic would be out.
Companies today often don’t have a problem with their consumers seeing the additional cost of green packaging as value-added, especially if most of their customers are millennials.
Despite the fact that Millennials are coming of age in one of the most difficult economic climates in the past 100 years, a recent Nielsen global online study found that they continue to be most willing to pay extra for sustainable offerings—almost three-out-of-four respondents in the latest findings, up from approximately half in 2014.
The rise in the percentage of respondents aged 15 – 20, also known as Generation Z, who are willing to pay more for products and services that come from companies who are committed to positive social and environmental impact was also strong—up from 55% in 2014 to 72% in 2015.
“Brands that establish a reputation for environmental stewardship among today’s youngest consumers have an opportunity not only to grow market share but build loyalty among the power-spending Millennials of tomorrow, too,” says Grace Farraj, SVP, Public Development & Sustainability, Nielsen.
According to NYC Department of Sanitation, recycling is a bit of a misnomer because only two types of plastics are widely recyclable — and even then, it’s downgraded into other products which cannot be recycled further. It’s a one-time deal. The next step for these items is the landfill — or worse, the ocean, where plastic seriously harms wildlife, the ecosystem and eventually, our health.
We have allowed plastic to invade our lives while composting can be processed at home very easily.
The point is we are in terrible danger of destroying the oceans and life on the plant. Beaches around the world are flooded with plastic waste from oceans and local rivers.
Facts About Plastic Pollution:In the Los Angeles area alone, 10 metric tons of plastic fragments—like grocery bags, straws and soda bottles—are carried into the Pacific Ocean every day.