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WAYS TO REDUCE WASTE

As a parent, we are constantly asking ourselves if we’re doing enough to teach our kids to help the planet, and at the same time, accept the changes happening in the world.

These are challenging times, but we have to let go of what we can’t control and focus on what we can. For example, the things we can do to educate our kids about the environment. 

We still have a lot of work to do, but I believe that everyone can make a difference. Right now, our beautiful planet is taking a well-deserved break from us. Let’s celebrate by taking care of our planet together. 

  1. Try a more plant-based diet. Did you know that nearly 20% of man-made greenhouse emissions are from deforestation to clear land for cattle? Did you also know that one family going meat-free for just one day is the equivalent of taking a car off the road for five weeks?
  2. Plant a tree because trees produce enough oxygen for 10 people in a year and it improves air quality.
  3. Use less plastic, fewer straws, and embrace refillable bottles and glass food storage containers. 
  4. If you (like many of us) use plastic, reduce single-use plastics, and choose eco-friendly packaging.

Let’s be honest: we use plastic even if we want to reduce its consumption. Do you know that choosing eco-friendly packaging helps you reduce your carbon footprint without cramping your style? 

Unfortunately, armed only with misinformation, many do not distinguish between the different forms of packaging or plastics – and not all are created equal. Flexible packaging is produced from paper, plastic, film, aluminum foil, or any combination of those materials, and includes bags, pouches, liners, wraps, roll-stock, and other flexible products.

Flexible packaging is created with fewer natural resources because innovative technology allows manufacturers to bring eco-friendlier new products to the market. Flexible packaging is a collection of packaging formats produced with sustainability and the overall environmental footprint top of the mind.

Flexible packaging reduces food waste: food waste is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and methane gas at landfills. The benefits of flexible packaging contribute directly to reducing waste – resealability, cook and serve packaging, portion control, and portability.

In the U.S., 1/3 of food waste is from cooking or serving too much, and 2/3 of food waste is due to food spoilage, resulting in 1.3 billion tons of food thrown away annually. Yes, 1.3 billion tons with a B!! Flexible packaging extends shelf life by using technologies that promise to extend freshness even further without the use of such as preservatives, vacuum packing or using extreme high pressure, which helps to send less material to landfills.

This packaging lets you store food for extended periods of time while reducing product waste and sends less material to landfills. The environmental benefits include reducing greenhouse gas emissions (carbon impact), fossil fuel usage, water usage, and product-to-package ratio when compared to alternative packaging types.

Flexible Packaging is better for the environment, as you really need to consider all impacts throughout a package’s life cycle – ultimately working toward a circular economy. Flexible packaging is a collection of packaging formats produced with sustainability and the overall environmental footprint top of the mind.

Flexible Packaging creates a smaller environmental footprint: Its environmental impact is greater when compared to alternative packaging types if you take into consideration all impacts throughout a package’s life cycle – ultimately working toward a circular economy – requires less energy to manufacture and transport so environmental benefits include reducing greenhouse gas emissions (carbon impact), fossil fuel usage, water usage, and product-to-package ratio. For example, because of the flexibility of these products, they use less space since it often ships flat or in rolls instead of fully formed and empty like bottles or cans. This can mean 15-25 fewer trucks to ship the same amount of packaging!

Flexible Packaging can be up-cycled and reused: We have to emphasize the importance of recycling and reducing plastic. About 50% of flexible packaging is already recyclable through in-store drop off recycling programs, (https://bit.ly/2RQVkOT) and package disposal requires a conscious choice by the consumer.

Thanks to flexible packing, it’s easier for me to conserve food – I use only what I need for one meal and save the rest easily. Knowing all this, we choose the best snacks to bring for our family adventures that lower the impact on the environment without ever really thinking about it. 

Please visit Perfect Packaging https://perfectpackaging.org/ to learn more.

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