Going Green with Renewable Materials Can Save You Some $$$$
Reducing your company’s carbon footprint can be as easy as selecting the right sustainable packaging. Currently, every company wants Eco-friendly packaging products to enhance brand recognition, and reduce landfill.
Supermarket shoppers and restaurant patrons are familiar with the ubiquitous Styrofoam trays and containers that are routinely used for the packaging of fresh food, take-out meals and restaurant leftovers. Styrofoam is also used extensively as packing and shipping material, like those pesky “peanuts” that take up more space than the items they protect. These containers look innocuous enough until you start thinking about the enormous amount of waste they create in our landfills. Styrofoam is difficult to recycle because it is not readily accepted by recyclers or waste management systems. Consequently it is responsible for the huge volume it takes up in landfills, sometimes a whopping 30%. It is bad for the environment because it takes a very long time to break down. It is banned in some communities because it is linked to cancer in humans.
Polystyrene is hazardous to human health. It contains the neurotoxins styrene and benzene, which are widely accepted to be carcinogens. These toxins can leach into food that is hot, acidic, alcoholic or oily and into the environment after exposure to rain. In 2011 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released its Report on Carcinogens identifying styrene as one of the “agents, substances, mixtures, and exposure circumstances that are known or reasonably anticipated to cause cancer in humans.”
Many cities in the US have banned or restricted the use of polystyrene because of the threats it poses to human and environmental health and wildlife. Health officials worldwide are now beginning to see the danger of styrofoam leaching toxins into food, and environmentalists point at the carcinogenic substances released into the atmosphere when styrofoam is burned. At the source, the manufacturing of polystyrene is contributing to the growing hole in the ozone layer.
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- 3D Drawing & Structural Design
- Packaging and Graphic Artwork Layout
- Prototyping and Drop Testing
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FDA and ASTM D6400 Certified Packaging
Transferring hazardous materials is regulated now more than ever in the global marketplace. The right packaging not only keeps the environment safe, but chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) is banned in many states. The Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2013 would prohibit using BPA in Polystyrene food packaging and reusable containers, calling the chemical a "poisonous or deleterious substance."
Eco-friendly Pouches, Wheat Straw Molded Pulp Packaging
Wheat straw molded pulp trays, pouches and flexible packaging can reduce landfill and provide a cost effective option for companies looking to replace Polystyrene and Styrofoam. BiogloPAK is offering sustainable packaging initiatives including goals for a waste-free packaging stream using wheat straw pulp material that turns agricultural waste into Polystyrene Styrofoam replacer.
BiogloPAK help companies achieve waste-free packaging goals by:
- Ensuring that 100 percent of packaging material is sourced from renewable materials, including recycled and rapidly renewable content, or material that was formerly part of the waste stream.
- Ensuring that 100 percent of all finished packaging products are either recyclable or compostable at the end of its life-cycle.
Reducing packaging and using renewable, biodegradable and recyclable packaging products (made from wheat straw pulp) instead of Polystyrene Styrofoam can cut cost improve shelf-life, reduce natural resource depletion, and ease pressures on landfills and cut greenhouse gas emissions.