We often talk about the importance of finding biodegradable materials that help packaging, wrappers, bottles, boxes, and other packaging items prove more environmentally friendly. In this sense, green proposals are much more than a viral design that sets the web on fire with its originality.
In this post, we will see different real options that demonstrate the possibilities beyond the typical materials, all different but with the common denominator of sustainability. No doubt, they represent a step forward towards 100% renewable packaging. Discover types of eco-friendly food packaging that will surprise you.
Fragile objects, be they porcelain figurines, electronic devices, or figures carved in wood, both are given. Normally they are protected by one or more wrapping that protects them from the blows they may suffer.
They are not always as effective as they should be but are generally a good idea. However, the same cannot be said at an environmental level since the material from which they are made (cork, polystyrene, or foam rubber, among others) is highly polluting. Above all, because they take thousands of years to degrade, and while they do so, they pollute their own in all types of ecosystems.
Finding green solutions is not easy, but the company has created a biodegradable material that aspires to meet this need without representing a terrible attack on the planet.
The Bobble bottles are an invention that seeks water from the tap originally and practically. Although I do not know if it is worth it, his proposal is tempting since filtering it with activated carbon is not always the best guarantee when drinking it.
Compared to PET bottles, which are problematic in terms of health and environmental pollution, they solve both problems. In addition to being reusable (they are filled with tap water), they are made with non-polluting materials such as BPA, PVC, or phthalates.
With it, you avoid buying bottled water and each filter can be reused up to 300 times, reducing environmental impact and saving money. Health, out of prudence, better put aside.
The company Tetra Pak, which specialized in food packaging, has invented the Lightcap 30, a biodegradable high-density polyethylene (HDPE) cap made with sugar cane from a dehydration process that converts ethanol (obtained from the trituration and distillation of its juice) into ethylene.
Fast food will be much more so if it comes to wrapping sandwiches, they follow the example of the Brazilian fast-food chain Bob, who was the first to save the wrapping paper by replacing it with a kind of paper actually part of the menu.
The invention has had a great impact at the sales level, an unexpected invention launched during the promotional campaign. It was launched made it very clear that the packaging that goes to the garbage is expendable. If the example spreads, eating with your eyes could pass away.
The Tetra Rex is the evolution of the famous Tetra Paks, with the great advantage of being made with biodegradable plant materials. Manufactured by Tetra Pak, they incorporate the aforementioned biodegradable cap. In both cases, they have been manufactured with polyethylene derived from sugar cane, in different densities.
Eggs need effective protective packaging, which does not prevent us from finding green solutions, such as the one proposed by the Hungarian designer Otília Andrea Erdelyi. Its suggestive design replaces the typical cardboard egg carton with a minimal material that, although somewhat less protective, avoids unnecessary manipulations when checking broken eggs, as it can be seen with the naked eye.
The boxes are interesting alternatives to conventional cardboard boxes. They are lighter and open and close in a breeze. They do not need any addition (tape, staples, or the like) to keep closed and the cardboard used is recyclable. Therefore, raw materials and money are saved and they can also be reused, thus respecting the environment. The result is less deforestation.
The typical polystyrene trays that are so widely used in the sale of all kinds of food, especially fresh products such as meat, fish, fruits, and vegetables, could have their days numbered. At least the current ones, made with polluting materials.
The use of hemp and flax as alternative raw materials is giving very good results in experimental developments, which works in collaboration with other companies to manufacture trays similar to the current ones that, unlike these, are biodegradable.
Its production is being developed within the project, and the objective is to design a packaging for food that replaces the current ones. Work is being done successfully to achieve a sustainable and affordable solution that encourages companies to use it and, in turn, enhances the production of the crops necessary to produce the raw material, such as hemp and flax.
The challenge is to lower the price of biodegradable polymers since today they are still more expensive than artificial ones, which is why their use is so widespread.