Targeting Common Plastic and Packaging Problems
Due to its durability, versatility, and cleanliness, plastic is one of the most commonly used packaging materials. It’s no wonder when we hear packaging, we often associate it with plastic, but the negatives are just as well-known. Conventional plastics, require an extensive amount of resources to develop, take years to biodegrade, and leave behind microplastics that are dangerous to humans and the environment.
These 3 technologies offer commercially available solutions to today’s plastic packaging problems.
An innovative packaging bottle solution that ensures a zero-waste and sustainable environment. Cosmetic products often use excessive packaging while used bottles require a great amount of water to clean the oil residue left inside. This new solution is made from a specially formulated silicone while the outer packaging (external bottle) can be reused again and again. It solves common cosmetic packaging problems by reducing waste, lowering the costs of packaging, and facilitating recycling.
WAVE Eco Solutions
A biodegradable and hot water-soluble cassava-based bio-plastic bag. Instead of using petroleum oil or natural gas to manufacture, this bag is made from a bio-based polymer compound. Natural cassava starch is one of the most abundant resources in nature and is not resource-intensive, making it a sustainable alternative ingredient to traditional plastic bags. The resulting bag is fully biodegradable and compostable. Applications are for packaging problems.
Neptune Plastics, Inc
A marine-compostable plastic film made from a variety of biopolymers, including chitin, a natural polymer found in the cell walls of mushrooms and in the exoskeletons of shellfish. The solution is dehydrated after being cast and results in a flexible, durable, and transparent film. The films leave behind no microplastics and are designed to be digestible by wildlife. When used as a substitute for plastic grocery bags, the bags biodegrade in five days and dissolve in water in 60 seconds.
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