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The Use of Plastic Bags is Always Harmful to the Environment: True or False

This is a false assertion. The use of stand up bags – which are essentially plastic bags – is not always harmful to the environment. There are many instances where the use of plastic bags is less harmful to the environment than the alternatives. Here we will talk about the scenarios where the use of plastic pouch bags is not only less harmful but it is the best way to preserve the environment. Here are the three reasons that will convince the critics that the use of stand up pouch bags is not always detrimental to the environment:

(1) Reduce

This is the first mantra to save the environment – reduction in the amount of resources and energy humans use. The energy and resources that go into the production of stand up pouches are significantly less than what is required for heavy-duty plastic jars, tin cans, plastic or glass bottles, and other packaging mediums.

(2) Reuse

Stand up pouches with accessories such as zip locks are reusable. Consumers can store a product in these pouches, and use the product and the pouch several times. This is virtually impossible with resource hungry tin cans and several other packaging mediums.

(3) Recycle

Like other plastic items, stand up pouches can be taken out of a landfill for recycling. There is nothing toxic that would stop governments or other organizations from recycling them.

Given these three mantras, standup pouches are actually better than many other packaging mediums.
 

David Marinac

Written by David Marinac

What LEGO’s Sustainable Packaging Teaches Us About Overseas Innovation

Since 1949, children across the globe have fawned over tiny, plastic, interlocking bricks.

LEGOs are a not only a classic toy but a staple in many households. Many kids beg their parents to take them to the majestic LEGOLAND, an amusement park where all their wishes and dreams could come true.

Why Nestlé, Unilever & PepsiCo are Banning Oxo-degradable Plastic Packaging

Originally marketed as an eco-friendly packaging material, new evidence regarding the potentially negative impact of oxo-degradable plastics has led a number of companies and governments to restrict their use.

More than 150 companies and global organizations, including Nestlé, Unilever and PepsiCo, have recently endorsed a total ban on the material in light of its potentially negative environmental impact.

Oxo-degradable plastic packaging, which includes select plastic pouch bags, is often marketed as a solution to plastic pollution because it claims to degrade into harmless residues within a period ranging from a few months to several years. However, oxo-degradable plastics do not degrade into harmless residues, but instead, fragment into tiny shards of plastic that actually contribute to plastic pollution.

Often, consumers think that because a material is biodegradable, it can be composted or even littered on the ground, because, it is thought, the material will break down into nothing over time. This actually ends up leading to an increase in pollution, since consumers don’t end up recycling or repurposing the material, and misconceptions about how the plastic will degrade leads them to end up putting it back into landfills.

What is important to note in this case is that although oxo-degradable plastics are biodegradable, being biodegradable does not necessarily mean that a material is eco-friendly. Although these plastics do break down over time, the tiny pieces they break down into are still plastics that contribute to pollution — they do not degrade into nothing or into another usable substance.

For companies looking to make the switch to sustainable packaging, it is important to consider that sustainable packaging does not necessarily mean biodegradable packaging, and vice versa.

Why New FDA Guidelines Could Bring Big Changes to Pet Food Packaging

Today’s consumers are demanding transparency and accountability from all types of products, and pet food is no exception.

Greater scrutiny over pet food ingredients, and an increasing demand for responsibility, sustainability and complete transparency from pet food manufacturers is driving change within the industry. As the consumer demand for “clean” pet food labeling evolves as a major topic within the world of pet packaging, FDA guidelines are shifting.

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