A plastic bag lasts forever – or at least it seems like it – a normal plastic bag is estimated to take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade, if ever at all. Who has time for that? Without an alternative, people throw away nearly 100 billion plastic bags, or 3 billion pounds of plastic each year. That is a lot of unnecessary waste; so what’s the solution?
Green Genius, a new biodegradable trash bag is as strong as regular trash bags, but it’s also environmentally friendly. Green Genius LLC was founded in 2009 to develop innovative green solutions to promote a cleaner environment, with less plastic. The Green Genius trash bag uses EcoPure, an organic additive that causes plastic to biodegrade.
The Green Genius offers an eco-friendly option for people everywhere.
With the growing concern for sustainable packaging, Greener Package decided to recognize the green efforts of companies moving in the right direction with environmentally-friendly innovations. The winners come from a range of different industries, including food, pharmaceutical, personal care, and household care. Here is the list they came up with:
Greener Package Award
- Entropy Solutions–Greenbox thermal management (Winner of Innovator of the Year)
- Estee Lauder–Aveda Vintage Clove Shampoo & cap collection program
- Bryce Corporation–SunChips bag from 33% PLA
- Robbie Mfg.–Hot N Handy Bio-Pouch
- ConAgra-rPET in CPET trays for Healthy Choice
- Ampac–Patch Perfect
- Rexam PLC–rPET in APET drug ovals
- Unisource Worldwide–recycled toys with 100% recyclable packaging
Retail Leadership Award
Clean Manufacturing Award
All of these companies are setting the mark for their competition. If they want to stay in the game, they must follow suit with their green efforts, or go above and beyond, because eco-friendly packaging is here to stay.
As we celebrate our nation’s holiday this year, let’s have fun and honor our country, without harming our environment. The Environmental Blog provided 5 tips for a “green” 4th of July:
1. Buy organic food. Support local farmers markets by buying their organic fruits and vegetables. Buy local and cut down on transportation. You could even shop with reusable shopping bags.
2. Bust out the silverware. Avoid wasting paper plates, napkins, cups, and plastic utensils. Save money by using your own plates and washing them. If you must use disposable plates and cups, try to find biodegradable alternatives.
3. Grill on the “green” side. Use a non-toxic cleaner on your grill. Cut back on grilling and carbon emissions by eating fresh veggies, or grill food that will cook quickly, such as thin meats, fish, marshmallows, or veggies.
4. Buy “green” charcoal. Use 100% all-natural hardwood lump charcoal. They don’t have any chemicals or fillers, they burn faster, and produce less ash. This leftover ash from all-natural charcoal can be sprinkled around your plants to keep the bugs away.
5. Substitute lighter fluid. Try using a chimney starter, instead of toxic lighter fluid. They are inexpensive and you don’t have to worry about the toxic fluids cooking into your food.
Don’t forget to use these tips and add a little “green” to your red, white, and blue festivities this year. Not only would you be more environmentally-friendly, but you could save money as well!
Even though many forms of plastic packaging are now recyclable, hardly any are actually being recycled. According to a study by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, in 2003, out of the 11.9 million tons of plastic packaging in the municipal solid waste (MSW) stream, only 1.06 million tons were actually recycled. That comes to about 8.9 percent that is recycled.
Earthcycle wanted to come up with a form of packaging that did not require recycling, but was biodegradable. They made their packaging alternative from a renewable resource called palm fiber, which is a waste product that is disposed of when the palm fruit is harvested throughout the year for its oil. Palm fiber used to be incinerated or landfilled, which brought negative impacts. Now Earthcycle’s natural packaging alternative can biodegrade into a healthy addition for the soil in a compost pile.
Earthcycle came up with a line of sturdy packages for fresh produce to protect your fruits and vegetables. The packaging is biodegradable, but you do not have to worry about it falling apart on you. The packaging is strong and water resistant. Among some of the cover options are a compostable NatureFlex film, recyclable plastic lid, or a reusable netting.
There are many options available for green packaging. Whether using recyclable paper/plastics or biodegradable materials, you can know that you are doing your part for the environment with sustainable living.