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Everywhere we look, we see a business popping up here and there. However, the choices those businesses make a business unique and worth buying from. One such decision is about packaging. Because other than the products the business sells, the packaging is the first impression of any business that clients perceive.  Most businesses cruelly choose to pack their products in plastic and non-recyclable materials.

Today, we aren’t going to tell you to have fancy packaging. Instead, we will simply talk about how you should move from plastic packaging to a biodegradable one. 

Impact of Plastic Packaging

Plastic packaging is notorious for its environmental footprint. It takes hundreds of years (500, to be precise) to decompose -that is if it decomposes at all. This means that every piece of plastic ever produced still exists in every form. 

This contributes to landfills of tons and tons of plastic. It also harms wildlife, the ecosystem, and marine life –in general, it hurts all life forms. As plastic breaks down, it fragments into tiny particles known as microplastics. These tiny bits of plastic are found everywhere. And we mean literally everywhere, like deep oceans and trenches of Arctic ice; they are ingested by all the marine life and are incorporated into the food chain. 

So, if a business uses plastic, it stays in our ecosystem even after 400 years. This being said it is one of the first reasons to stop using plastic and switch to a more sustainable option, like packaging tubes.

The Benefits of Biodegradable Packaging

Environmental Sustainability

Biodegradable packaging is made so that it breaks down naturally, usually within months to a few years, depending on the material and conditions. This means that biodegradable packaging will reduce the carbon footprint and decompose even when thrown out without proper disposal (that doesn’t mean we throw it out improperly).

Biodegradable packaging typically involves less energy and releases less greenhouse gases than plastic. Materials like cornstarch, cellulose, cardboard and polylactic acid (PLA) are commonly used, which are derivative from renewable sources. So, for example, if you have a candle business, instead of going for plastic jars, maybe you should choose cardboard tube packaging.

Compos-ability

Many biodegradable packaging materials are compostable, meaning they can break down in composting conditions and return nutrients to the soil. This way, not only the waste is removed from landfills but a circular economy also gets in motion because of the valuable resource created from the waste. Compostable packaging will also improve soil health and help grow healthier plants, aiding agriculture.

Non-Toxic Materials of Non Bio Packaging

Plastic packaging often contains harmful chemicals like BPA, phthalates, and other additives that can leach into food and beverages. These chemicals are detrimental to the environment, as well as injurious to our health. It can damage our hormonal balance, cause reproductive issues, and even cancer. 

But, on the other hand, if you choose biodegradable materials like heavy-duty cardboard tubes, then they are not only made with natural and non-toxic materials but are also durable enough to endure shipping and storage of items like valuable paintings and artworks.

Improved Brand Image

Customers are becoming amazingly aware of the health impacts of their purchasing decisions. Because people are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of all the plastic and toxic items in our environment, that is why people now only want to buy from businesses conscious of their sustainable practices. If you make eco-conscious choices, you will have customer loyalty, setting your brand apart from competitors.

Regulatory Compliance

As governments worldwide implement stricter regulations on plastic use and waste management, adopting biodegradable packaging can help businesses stay ahead of regulatory changes. If you transition now (or as soon as possible), you can save your business from fines and taxes.  You will be in compliance with codes and regulations without having to worry about plastic packaging in the future.

Cost Efficiency

While the initial cost of biodegradable packaging may be higher than plastic, the long-term benefits often outweigh the expenses. Do you know that when you reduce the waste disposal cost and add in the brand loyalty along with an increase in sales because of eco-conscious decisions, you will actually be saving a lot of money? Additionally, as demand for biodegradable materials increases, economies of scale will likely reduce costs further.

Corporate Responsibility

Businesses have an important role when it comes to urging society to transition from plastic to biodegradable packaging like heavy-duty mailing tubes. This is called corporate responsibility by prioritizing sustainability in their daily endeavors (in operations, supply chains, and package delivery). Fulfilling your corporate responsibility means that you’ll contribute to the protection of the earth and also enhance your company’s reputation. 

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