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Big Box Goes Compostable, So Can You

Posted on February 16, 2018 by Matt Tomasino There have been 0 comments

The grassroots coalition of tree hugging hippies would be proud of where the green movement needle has finally moved. It may not be as rapid as they would have liked but today, when it comes to Eco-friendly initiatives, the writing is on the wall for all of mainstream to see. Now, when Big Box Corp. shows that it is listening to its consumers you know the sustainable train is on the move and compostable products are a big part of it.

Corporate Change

Some may feel that America’s Commander-in-Chief has singlehandedly stalled many green movements by denying global warming and increasing fossil fuel production. Yet, a majority of non-followers feel otherwise and have made it clear to corporations that embracing environmental support is high on the consumer choice list.

Therefore, according to a report by New Plastics Economy, “11 leading brands, retailers, and packaging companies are working towards 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025 or earlier”.

These companies include:

  • Amcor
  • Cover
  • Evian
  • Mars
  • M&S
  • L’Oréal
  • PepsiCo
  • Unilever
  • Walmart
  • Werner & Mertz
  • The Coca-Cola Company

Focusing on full circle production will allow companies to combat the enormous, overgrown consumer disposable waste, that many, particularly Americans, have become mindlessly addicted to.

Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever commented,

“It is welcome news that many other major companies are making their own commitments to address ocean plastic waste. Yet as a consumer goods industry, we need to go much further, much faster, in addressing the challenge of single use plastics by leading a transition away from the linear ‘take-make-dispose’ model of consumption, to one which is truly circular by design.”

Some quick mentions by New Plastics Economy of how some of these companies will achieve green packaging goals includes,

  • Cosmetic manufacturer L’Oréal is committing to making all its plastic packaging rechargeable, refillable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
  • M&S (a major British multinational retailer) will design out packaging parts that can’t be reused or recycled and will assess the feasibility for all its plastic packaging to be made from one polymer group by 2025 to reduce consumer confusion and to improve recycling.
  • PepsiCo brings high ambition to the table with an eventual 100% of its packaging to be recyclable, compostable or biodegradable.
  • Coca-Cola announced its ‘World Without Waste’ initiative making all its consumer packaging 100% recyclable by 2025 and to have 50% recycled content in its packaging by 2030.
  • Walmart participates in and encourages all companies to join Project Gigaton which improves packaging optimization, recyclability, and the use of recycled and sustainably sourced materials to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Also the Closed Loop Fund to help improve access to recycling and strengthen the recycling infrastructure.
  • The Werner & Mertz group (a German company that manufactures products in cleaning, care and conservation) adds to its already 100% recyclable packaging by announcing that its “caps and lids will be made of used plastic (recycled material) while labels, printing inks and adhesives will be designed in such a way that the quality of the recyclables will be improved in the subsequent recycling process.”

Keep the Circle Moving

With your buying power you can support these Big Box moves by adding compostable products to your shopping list when needed. From backyard parties to watching the game, green compostables such as cutlery and utensils, plates and trays and food storage products finally hold up just as good or even better than conventional brands.

Europeans are already ahead of Americans with compostable bags virtually everywhere. Plastics Today reported on a study in 2016 that showed great promise for the future of eradicating environmental crushing plastic bag waste stating that,

“The study, entitled “Consumption of biodegradable and compostable plastic products in Europe” found that fully two-thirds of all products on the market are compostable bags, most of which are used for shopping purposes or for the collection of bio-waste.”

 

Technology has finally caught up with our throwaway society so there is no excuse to purchase toxic disposables anymore. Continue practicing and educating about compost and compostables. Also, stay on board with keeping ‘convenience and common sense’ in check.


This post was posted in Blog and Green Library, Green Living, Your Green Business and was tagged with COMPOSTABLE, NON-TOXIC, RECYCLED-UPCYCLED, SUSTAINABLE

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