It’s no surprise the demand for sustainable packaging solutions has skyrocketed over the past few years. Customers and business alike are looking for ways to reduce their environmental footprints, especially with changing legislation on the horizon. Read our top three tips to help put a greener foot forward entering the new year:
- Know the Difference: Compostable vs. Biodegradable
While these terms are often used interchangeably, understanding the differences between them is critical to making the right choice for your facility. The main difference is that most materials are biodegradable but not all materials are compostable. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) defines biodegradables as anything that undergoes degradation resulting from the action of naturally occurring microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and algae. The speed in which materials break down is dependent on a variety of factors like sunlight and temperature. Materials do not have to break down within a certain time period to be considered biodegradable. On the other hand, compostable materials break down into compost, a nutrient-rich, reusable substance that can be used as a soil conditioner. The materials will break down in a specific time fame and don’t leave chemical residue behind. It’s worth noting that some materials can break down on their own, but many break down the most effectively in composting facilities. Choosing packaging that is 100% compostable, recyclable or reusable is a great way to help reduce your company’s environmental footprint.
- Choose Products Made from Recyclable Materials
While we often think about the end-of-life management of food packaging, how often do we consider the start? Choosing products made from recycled materials results in a much smaller carbon footprint by reducing raw material use and waste ending up in landfills. Not sure where to begin? We can help! Our dedicated sustainable product sourcing team is committed to finding high quality, sustainable packaging alternatives to help facilities build more sustainable product plans. Contact us today to get started!
- Turn Towards Innovative Products
Manufacturers are continuing to look for ways to develop new, innovative packaging solutions. One example is Dart’s new Bare® by Solo® Eco-Forward® Bagasse Dinnerware Line. Bagasse containers are made from sugarcane fibres and are compostable in commercial composting facilities. These sturdy and versatile containers are also made with at least 96% renewable resources and come in a wide variety of options. Looking to learn more about these innovative containers? Download this helpful resource or contact our product experts today!