Sustainable packaging is packaging that, over time, reduces its environmental footprint. The Sustainable Packaging as defined by the GreenBlue® project is packaging which:
- is sourced responsibly,
- is designed to be effective and safe throughout its life cycle,
- meets market criteria for performance and cost,
- is made entirely using renewable energy, and once used,
- is recycled efficiently to provide a valuable resource for subsequent generations.
In summary: a truly closed loop system for all packaging materials.
Reduce your Plastic Footprint
In the last blog we talked about the urgent need to be socially responsible in order to combat COVD-19. Similarly, we have another contagion which we have nursed and encourage all these years and which is causing great and lasting undesirable impact and harm to our planet to combat – plastics!
Since we use plastics in almost every part of our lives, we may not be ready to break up with plastic altogether, but there is some low-hanging fruit that can make a big difference in reducing the amount of disposable plastic in our lives.
Waste disposal - the current most environment-friendly method
Of all the waste disposal methods, recycling is regarded as the most effective current method. Recycling serves to transform waste into products of their own genre through industrial processing. It is environmentally friendly to reuse the wastes instead of adding them to nature.
However, recycling technologies are complex and costly. The recycling operations themselves are not environmentally friendly.
What about composting and biodegrading?
Does recycling help the environment or are we just going around in circles?
One of the original goals of the recycling movement was to avert a supposed crisis as the nation’s landfills were running out of space and to reduce carbon emissions and the greenhouse gases as we reduce the need to manufacture new products, hence less mining, drilling and logging. But because more and more materials types have been added to the recyclable list, the process has become more complex and expensive than expected. In addition, recycling, especially of plastic waste mitigates carbon impacts only to a limited extent.
We have witnessed unprecedented weather conditions, such as the hottest July this year, caused by our actions and the resulting global warming. There are currently seven and half billion people on the planet and by 2050 there will be an extra two billion people to feed! Aside from cutting carbon emissions from cars, factories and power plants, one other major piece of the whole pie is our food supply and consumption. Our diet is among lifestyle changes urgently needed if developed nations are to have a hope of meeting targets for reduced carbon emissions and a reduction to global temperatures.
Food Supply and Climate Change
What are You Putting on Your Plate?
We had the hottest July this year on record for Europe, the effect of climate change and our actions. Often we hear of train delays and cancellations due to soaring temperatures or flooding. Such unprecedented weather conditions such as soaring temperatures, flooding, wildfires and storms are attributed to climate change caused by global warming. Food supply and consumption is one piece of the whole pie of actions that cause global warming
One to one with a Tree – a personal relationship
What’s your relationship with a tree?
We are not talking about tree hugging, though hugging trees is good for your health as it increases your levels of oxytocin hormones which helps you feel calm, happy and promote emotional bonding.
We are talking about a relationship which most of us take for granted and yet is so crucial to our very existence.