Decoupling and Reusables Can Help Restore Environmental Balance
The world’s thirst for resources seems unquenchable. According to Earth Overshoot Day, it would take 1.75 Earths to regenerate the natural resources consumed in 2019. Even more sobering, if all countries on Earth drained them at the same rate as the United States, this year’s Earth Overshoot Day – the calendar day that marks the end […]
COVID-19 Trends and Reusable Packaging: Hygiene will drive long term growth
To say the Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted consumer behavior would be an understatement. Everything about our purchase behavior, from what we buy to where we buy it, has been shaken up, and we’re all calling into question things we once took for granted as “safe”. Here’s how these new trends in consumer packaging will impact […]
We all want less waste, so why is our garbage still growing?
A recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that most Americans reported having changed at least one everyday behavior in the name of protecting the environment. While these behaviors are certainly encouraging, it seems the sight of brimming recycling bins, paper straws, and reusable grocery bags have given us all the mistaken impression […]
Regulation and the Circular Economy: Can the U.S. Turn the Tide on Plastic Pollution?
It would be an understatement to say that plastic pollution has become top of mind. Images of sea turtles tangled in plastic rings, ocean plastic trash heaps, and the idea that tiny plastic particles reside in fish, our water supply, and even people, have collectively heightened concerns. Here’s something to chew on: according to research, […]
Zero waste in the last mile: e-commerce looks to reusable packaging
Reusable packaging is a hot topic in the C-suite these days, with brand heavyweights like Procter & Gamble, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Unilever, Mars, Clorox, Coca-Cola, Mondelēz, and Danone partnering with retail giants Kroger and Carrefour to launch TerraCycle’s new e-commerce reuse initiative, Loop, announced earlier this year. Reusable packaging is nothing new; what is new is […]
Zero waste vs. convenience: can packaging do it all?
From food service to pharma, companies in every industry have to adapt to changing consumer packaging preferences – or face the consequences. With increasing environmental concerns, brand owners today are challenged not only to adapt quickly, but to reconcile two seemingly conflicting consumer demands: greater convenience and zero waste. Is waste the cost of convenience? […]
Single use plastic: experts say plastic isn’t the problem
Everywhere you turn, corporations, cities, and even whole countries are joining the war against the single use plastic filling our oceans and landfills. According to a report from the United Nations, by July of 2018, 127 countries had implemented some type of policy regulating plastic bags. 27 countries had also restricted or banned other single-use […]
Sustainable packaging is now a $225 billion market
According to a newly-published report by Market Insights, the “green” or sustainable packaging market is currently valued at over $225 billion and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.7% over the next five years. That means ~25% of the total global packaging market falls into one of three categories of sustainable packaging: reusable […]