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Adopt eco-friendly packaging

Tiziri Ait Ali

Posted on / Posté le August 09 2019

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Everything from cosmetic, accessories or food packaging to shipping packaging require important amount of material. However, most of these packagings end up as waste, generating tons of garbage per year. This leads to an environmental need to create an ecological solution.

 

Eco-friendly packaging characteristics

Paper and plastic may be the most common packaging options, but they are not the only ones. Kraft paper stands out in front of other materials because it is one hundred percent made of vegetable fiber and is also one hundred percent renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. When recycled for other uses, it is given a second life that could be used widely in eco-packaging or wrap, thanks to their incredible resistance. A paper fiber can be recycled up to 10 times, then the fibers become too fragile. These characteristics participates to the reduction of the humanity carbon footprint and are incomparable with standard conventional packaging materials.

 

The benefits of using eco-packaging

Biodegradable packaging represents a favorable alternative for the environment. They contribute to the reduction of waste, as the material used comes from recycling and/or from a sustainable source, limiting the use of virgin raw materials. It is very important that there is a balance between development and nature, so the future of the planet is safe.

The packaging paper that comes out of a sustainable source is from a one hundred percent renewable material: wood. Contrary to popular beliefs, paper does not destroy forests because the paper industry uses only products derived from wood such as wood waste. In fact, it rather uses trees from sustainably managed forests. We explain how a sustainable forest works: when a tree is cut down, the trunk is used to generate wood, and the branches that are cut (to keep trees healthy) and the sawmill waste are used to make paper. If you want to know if the paper or cardboard comes from a sustainable forest, look for the PEFC or FSC labels.

 

The decomposition process

The eco-packaging container can be safely buried in a flower bed, for example. It decomposes quickly, its fibers are broken down by a natural biological process under the action of microorganisms, leaving no trace of toxic compounds.

 

R3: The waste hierarchy

Reducing the footprint of its packaging is a relatively simple process based on principles with which everyone is familiar, the R3: reduce, reuse and recycle. We must remember that to protect nature in the best possible way, we must follow the R3 rule in this order (in packaging context):

  1. Reduce: The smallest packaging should be used to ensure that the environmental impact is at its minimum, and avoiding plastic by replacing it with biodegradable material for example.
  1. Reuse: Any product that has been purchased and can be given more than one life should be reused as much as possible.
  1. Recycle: Once you do not need the packaging, recycle it.

 

Packaging is only one aspect in the company work, but reducing packaging waste can have a great impact on the environment and the use of resources. At herbalEra, we use resistant biodegradable eco-packaging, easy to recycle and does not have a negative impact on the environment. We make responsible packaging a natural choice.

 

Sources:

Reduce, reuse, recycle (R3)

10 advantages of green packaging to the environment

What is eco-friendly packaging in skin care? Here's how to find it

 

Photo credit: Victoria Strukovskaya on Unsplash

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