Compostable Packaging Reduces Plastic Pollution
Overwhelmingly, your customers want sustainable products and packaging.
“Consumer awareness to packaging waste in oceans and landfills is driving change”
- The drive toward sustainability in packaging, McKinsey & Company
In a 2020 survey by McKinsey, 75% of millennial respondents said that they considered sustainability when making a purchase.
You already provide eco-friendly products. By choosing compostable packaging for those products you are actively taking the lead towards a more sustainable future.
The benefits of compostable packaging are substantial. Not only can it reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, compostable packaging can also help create an end product beneficial to our soil and the planet - compost.
The Effects of Plastic Packaging
The widespread use of plastic packaging has created an immeasurable burden on our environment. Most of the plastic waste ever produced still exists, buried in landfills and filling our oceans. Plastic trash has been found at the bottom of the world’s deepest ocean trench. Microplastics have been found in the soil, in fresh Antarctic snow, and even in our blood.
The EPA estimated that 14.5 million tons of plastic packaging and containers were generated in 2018. Of this, approximately 10 million tons (or 69%) ended up in landfills. Plastic packaging and containers alone make up over 23% of the total material sent to landfills in the U.S.
Landfills take up valuable space that could be used for housing or growing food. They don’t offer the proper environment for effective decomposition and ultimately cause the release of dangerous emissions into our atmosphere.
What about the 31% of plastic packaging that is not landfilled?
Very little of the plastic we discard is recycled. Only 14% of the plastic packaging and containers generated in 2018 were recycled. The remaining 17% was incinerated.
Recycling efficiency in the U.S. is abysmal. A large amount of the plastic containers produced can’t even be recycled in the first place! This is largely because:
- They are made from mixed materials
- Facilities needed to recycle the products do not exist
“[...] recycling facilities across the country are not able to sort, sell, and reprocess much of the plastic that companies produce.”
Virgin raw materials are cheap. Reclaiming plastic via recycling often costs more than using new, and the materials reclaimed may not be as good quality. As a result, it’s difficult for the plastic packaging industry to justify using inferior recycled materials over cheaper new materials.
Compostable Packaging Reduces Waste
Like the cycle of life and decomposition in nature, composting is endlessly circular. Compostable packaging is one of the most eco-friendly solutions we have in the fight against plastic!
The huge impact of your choice to use compostable packaging is clear. Your sustainable practices are so much more than waste reduction alone. Compostable packaging reduces waste, supports composters, improves soil health, and is an integral part of a circular economy.