If you are still manufacturing or purchasing products that use plastic containers or bottles, it’s time for a change. Common household items, such as hand soap, protein powder, laundry detergent, and pet food, are likely made with or packaged in environmentally dangerous plastic.
Over 70 percent of rigid plastic ends up in landfills and oceans—and they don’t just disappear. Rather, they sit in these sites for centuries, building up mountains of recycled material.
Ecologic Brands believes these mountains of recycled material can be put to good use and that plastic can and should be minimized. Though plastic has been good to us in our lives, keeping our food safe, our homes clean, and so forth, this lifestyle is not sustainable, nor is it healthy for the earth.
Here are some reasons why you should choose paper bottles over plastic bottles.
Plastic Kills Marine Life
According to the Conservation International Organization, we dump 17.6 billion pounds of plastic into the oceans each year (the equivalent of nearly 57,000 blue whales). At this rate, by 2050, the amount of plastic in the ocean will outweigh that of all of the ocean’s fish.
When plastic pollutes our oceans, marine animals mistake the material for food. This can lead to plastic blocking the entrance to an animal’s stomach and causing starvation. While paper can decompose back into nature, plastic stays in the ocean forever.
Paper Is a Renewable Resource
Trees are a renewable resource when grown sustainably. It’s important to note that deforestation, one of the major contributors to climate change and loss of wildlife habitat, is not sustainable. However, there are many recent efforts to make tree planting and cutting even more environmentally friendly. Paper can remain a renewable resource as long as we replace the forests and plant trees we cut down so that the number of trees continues to increase.
On the other hand, manufacturing the classic plastic bottle takes 17 million barrels of oil, which could maintain up to one million fueled cars for the same amount of time. Traditional manufacturing of a water bottle requires three times the amount of water needed to fill it. In addition, the energy this takes to accomplish could power up to 190,000 homes.
Paper Has a Better Afterlife
The afterlife of a product is a driving factor when choosing the right materials. With recycling, a main goal is to pitch products from the afterlife and repurpose them into new items, boosting them back into the economy and decreasing the overall environmental footprint.
The incredible thing about paper products that are made of cardboard is that they can be recycled up to seven additional times, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants, saves energy, and conserves natural resources, while plastic can take between 400 and 1,000 years to decompose.
As makers of the world’s first commercial paper bottle, we have immersed ourselves in the world of recycled fibers and polymers to deliver a packaging technology that aligns with business owners’ financial and sustainability goals, making the world a better place one bottle at a time.
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