The Drive Toward Sustainable Packaging

When seeking a custom packaging provider for your business, form, and function are major concerns. However, sustainability is another crucial aspect to consider, especially when it comes to the proliferation of single-use plastics across numerous industries.

Sustainable packaging materials are crucial to slowing down the growing global waste crisis, which is already having a devastating impact on our oceans, environment, and communities all around the world. This is why at Impak Retail, we’re committed to finding sustainable solutions using materials that can be recycled or composted effectively.

We are constantly seeking new methods to address the enormous issue of plastic waste, and we want to help you do the same. Keep reading to learn more about the plastic waste problem and how we can address it.

Innovative Manufacturers Are Tackling the Ocean Waste Problem

The key to reducing levels of plastic waste is developing environmentally friendly alternatives. Sway, a material company working on sustainable solutions for single-use plastics believes seaweed is the answer, according to Dieline. Some benefits are…

  • It can be harvested without causing a major environmental impact.
  • It reduces the acidification of the ocean (which directly harms aquatic creatures).
  • It provides coastal-dwelling people with economic opportunities.

Sway’s efforts are so impressive that the company was awarded first place in the Tom Ford Plastic Innovation Prize.

Tom Ford is also an innovator when it comes to sustainability, particularly in the realm of ocean waste. An icon of the fashion world, Ford was instrumental in creating the very first luxury timepiece that consisted of 100% ocean plastics.

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Tackling Plastic Pollution: Understanding the Environmental Impact

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According to the Tom Ford Plastic Innovation Prize, there’s currently an estimated 14 million metric tons of plastic waste occupying the ocean floor, with 11 million metric tons of new waste making its way into the ocean annually. By 2040, the amount of plastic waste is projected to rise to 29 million metric tons.

The Pew Charitable Trusts also highlight the dangers posed by plastic waste. Consider how much plastic waste can be found all over the world. Now consider that 40% of these waste products will eventually infiltrate the environment.

How OceanPoly® Products Offer a Viable Solution to Plastic Waste

Plastic plays a crucial role throughout numerous industries, from retail stores to manufacturing plants. Accordingly, the best way to cut back on the amount of plastic waste in the environment is to find a suitable alternative to plastic packaging and other products.

OceanPoly® offers the best possible solution to the issue of plastic waste, as it drives demand for recycled content and collection. OceanPoly® consists of plastic products diverted from the world’s oceans and transformed into raw materials that can be used to construct brand-new items.

When it comes to sustainable packaging, OceanPoly® stops pollution at the source, preventing waste from accumulating in the ocean. And while solutions like Sway provide hope that the future will bring a wider selection of alternative plastic products, OceanPoly® represents a current solution that businesses can use immediately.

Even better, OceanPoly® products can be recycled when they reach the end of their usefulness. For instance, the soft film made from OceanPoly® is accepted in retail stores that offer recycling of plastic bags, wraps, and other items.

Paving the Way for a Brighter, More Sustainable Future

At Impak Retail, we ensure our clients tell their brands’ stories with specialty packaging. However, we also make certain that our custom-made, high-quality packaging has a minimal effect on our environment.

If you’re ready to make the move to sustainable packaging, please contact us today for more information. We want to help you achieve beautiful, functional, sustainable packaging solutions.