As any avid online shopper knows, it’s not just cost that adds up from all those clicks and delightful deliveries to your doorstep. It’s the physical boxes and packing materials in your home too–a problem that’s prompting some companies to try and minimize waste. Amazon, for example, has a recycling program where customers can fill their boxes with donations and send to Goodwill–shipping costs covered. But there’s a new trend that takes things even further: eco-friendly packaging. Here are a few of the latest sustainable packaging innovations.
Soap Paper By Bennison
The socially-conscious, high-end pajama company Bennison partnered with GYRO to create packaging made entirely of water-soluble, non-toxic, biodegradable soap paper. For each pair of pajamas sold, another pair of pajamas is wrapped in the soap paper and donated to a child in need across the globe. By tearing small pieces of the packaging off at a time, the recipient has enough soap to clean the pajamas for a few months–a simple act that can help save lives in impoverished areas.
Mushroom Packaging by Ecovative
The Swedish company Ikea recently announced intentions to replace its difficult-to-recycle packaging made of polystyrene (that sticks around for thousands of years) with a more eco-friendly, biodegradable material. They are considering the US-based firm Ecovative’s mycelium product, also known as “mushroom packaging.” Essentially the roots of a fungus, mycelium can be molded into any shape the grower needs. Ecovative makes several different sustainable products with it, including sturdy engineered wood called Myco Board, a Styro foam replacement called Myco Foam, and Myco Make–a material that can be used to create anything a user desires. One artist even made a wedding dress out of it, so the possibilities are endless and the environmental impact minimal.
Would you support companies that prioritize eco-friendly packaging over the conventional kind?
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Yes because it saves things and makes the world less messy. Also because it is cool.
“I think this is the next big thing because the rise of trash around the world is increasing and this is healthy for the ground so you can break it down and turn it into the best fertilizer made from your packaging.”
This eco-friendly packaging is a smart idea because it is a great way to save our Earth from all the trash.
It would be smart to have eco-friendly packaging because most people just throw away the plastic they normally would get. This would help to save our planet.