As a small business owner, you have the power to make a positive impact on the environment by adopting eco-friendly practices. One of the easiest ways for small businesses to reduce their environmental impact is by switching to compostable packaging.
At 2Bodies Swim we are obsessed with our packaging and how we can reduce our carbon footprint from every shipment we send out. Compostable packaging is designed to break down naturally into organic matter, without leaving any harmful chemicals behind. It is a better solution than recycling, as not all materials can be recycled and the process itself can be energy-intensive and produce waste.
Compostable packaging is made from organic materials such as cornstarch, potato starch, and sugarcane. These materials break down naturally into compost, which can then be used as a natural fertilizer for plants. Biodegradable packaging can be used for a variety of products, including food and drink packaging, as well as shipping materials.
The Benefits of using Compostable Packaging for Small Businesses
So why should small businesses spend a little more money and consider using compostable packaging? We put together a list of some environmental benefits of eco-friendly packaging:
- Reduces Waste - Compostable packaging breaks down naturally, leaving no harmful chemicals behind and reducing waste. This is especially important in a world where landfills are filling up quickly and recycling is not always an option.
- Reduces Carbon Footprint - Compostable packaging has a much lower carbon footprint than traditional packaging made from non-renewable resources like plastic. Materials used in compostable packaging are often renewable and require less energy to produce.
- Biodegradable - Compostable packaging breaks down naturally and can be easily placed in your compost bin, which is also an excellent fertilizer for plants. This means that compostable packaging is ok for the environment and wont impact soil health.
- No Harmful Toxins - Compostable packaging is made from natural materials and does not contain any harmful toxins or chemicals. This makes it safe for the soil, environment and people to use.
- Versatile - Compostable packaging can be used for a wide range of products, including food and drink packaging, shipping materials, and even clothing. This versatility makes it a viable alternative to traditional packaging made from non-renewable resources.
- Positive Brand Image - More and more consumers are concerned about the environmental impact of their purchases including there environmental impact of shipping and single-use mailers and packaging. By using compostable packaging, small businesses can show their community and customers their commitment to sustainability and social and environmental responsibility.
The Challenges of Compostable Packaging
Despite the many benefits of compostable packaging, there are still several challenges that we need to address. One of the biggest challenges in Canada is the lack of infrastructure for composting. Currently, many municipalities do not have composting facilities, which means that compostable packaging may still end up in landfills where it will not decompose as intended. It's important to only use compostable packaging in areas where composting facilities are available.
We understand all too well that the cost of compostable packaging is pricy for small businesses. Currently, it can be more expensive than traditional plastic packaging. However, the more we invest in these solutions, the popularity and demand for compostable packaging will increase and the cost is likely to go down.
Is Paper Packaging and Mailers Eco-friendly?
Let's address the question on everyone's mind: what about paper? Well, the answer is both yes and no. While it is true that paper is biodegradable and can be recycled, it is important to acknowledge that the production of virgin paper significantly impacts the environment. The pulp and paper industry generates massive amounts of industrial air, water, and land emissions. It is the 3rd largest emissions generator in Canada and the 6th largest in the United States. Additionally, the paper industry is the 5th largest consumer of energy in the world.
It is estimated that 26% of all waste in landfills is made up of paper and paper products. When paper rots, it emits methane, a greenhouse gas, and when it is burned or composted, it releases carbon dioxide. So, while paper is recyclable, not everyone recycles it.
Small Changes Make Big Impacts
In conclusion, compostable packaging is not only a viable but also an environmentally-friendly option for small businesses that are looking to reduce their environmental impact. By utilizing materials that are biodegradable and free from harmful toxins, businesses can reduce waste and help improve soil health.
By choosing biodegradable packaging, businesses can reduce waste and help improve soil health. Altho a more expensive option the benefits far outweigh the costs. Businesses that embrace eco-friendly practices can significantly benefit from a positive brand image and demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility.