Reducing your company"s carbon footprint can be as easy as selecting the right sustainable packaging. Currently, every company wants Eco-friendly packaging products certified by FDA to enhance brand recognition, and reduce landfill cost.
Supermarket shoppers and restaurant patrons are familiar with ubiquitous Styrofoam trays and containers that are routinely used for packaging 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. Styrofoam trays 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 occupies in landfills, sometimes a whopping 30%. It is bad for the environment because it takes centuries to break down. It is banned in some communities because of health and environmental reasons 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 use of polystyrene because of threats it poses to human and environmental health and wildlife. Health officials worldwide are now beginning to see the dangers 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.
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."
Wheat straw molded pulp trays can reduce landfill and environmental concerns and provide a cost effective option for companies looking to replace Styrofoam. Express Green PAK LLC is offering sustainable packaging initiatives including goals for a waste-free packaging stream using wheat straw pulp material that turns agricultural waste into bio-trays certified by FDA.
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Focusing on molded pulp packaging and using renewable materials can cut cost, improve shelf-life, reduce natural resource depletion, ease pressures on landfills and cut greenhouse gas emissions.