As consumers become increasingly conscious about the impact of opting for the right packaging, it is important to stay informed and mind the differences. Going for sustainable rather than conventional packaging makes an enormous difference, especially regarding take away packaging.
Conventional take away packaging mainly consists of three materials, as they are cheap, lightweight and have the qualities and properties needed for the conveyance of food items. These three materials are polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene. Wanting to stress that these materials don’t pose any direct health concerns to consumers, as in when the food or drinks come in contact with them, they do pose some threats to the environment. The materials break down very slowly and are some of the main pollutants clogging up landfills as well as streams, rivers and oceans. They are for the most part difficult and expensive to recycle.
The sustainable options, which all have closely similar qualities to the mentioned materials, are bagasse and PLA. Bagasse is made from sugarcane and sometimes other fibrous materials. When the sugarcane juice is extracted, there is a dry pulpy substance left over, which is then pressed into plates, bowls and other usable products, free form chlorine and other toxic chemicals. Bagasse is also really lightweight and has isolation properties. PLA stands for Polylactic Acid and it’s a bioplastic made from plant starches such as corn, beets, wheat and even potatoes. This material can be formed into bowls as well as cups and other desired products. Made from renewable plant-based resources, PLA looks and feels like conventional plastic but can be commercially composted as well as recycled.
In conclusion, sustainable packaging is more than just a marketing term. With these plant-based solutions, a part of the plastic pollution problem can be tackled. It is one of the necessary steps we need to take in order to be able to hedge our bets on a sustainable future. Especially the western consumption focused societies must make changes to the way they are operating, if we still want to enjoy our planet and its diversity in the next few decades.
In other words, there is no reason for you not to opt for sustainable packaging anymore, as you are relieving your conscience as well as the environment. Switch today!