Every industry is starting to focus on sustainability, but it can be confusing to know what that actually means. As we hear sustainable buzzwords used more often in our daily lives, it is important to know their definitions and how to use them correctly.
Biodegradable – anything that undergoes degradation resulting from a naturally occurring microorganism, such as bacteria, fungi, or algae. This happens at different rates depending on the material it’s made from and the size of the product. Although biodegradable materials return to nature, they sometimes leave behind residue and toxins.
Carbon Neutral – the carbon dioxide emissions and carbon dioxide absorption are equal, leading to net neutral, or net-zero, emissions. This can be done by removing carbon emissions elsewhere or purchasing carbon credits.
Compostable – materials that break down over time that require specific composting conditions to do so, such as proper moisture, air, and nitrogen levels. Compostable goods are organic matter that breaks down to “humus.” Humus is full of nutrients that release valuable nutrients into the soil, aiding in the growth of plants.
Greenwashing – refers to marketing strategies that make a company appear eco-friendly or sustainable, while the claims are exaggerated or fraudulent. By inaccurately portraying services or products as “green” or “eco-friendly,” a decrease in sales can occur once the public finds out their true unsustainable practices.
Sustainability – meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations while focusing on economic, social, and environmental development. Resources that are finite should be used conservatively to make sure they are able to be used for a long time and do not damage the environment.
Turning to sustainable packaging solutions has many benefits, including an increase in brand loyalty, lower shipping costs, and consolidated storage. With more consumers actively looking for sustainable companies to purchase from, it is important for your company to start initiating sustainable practices. Additionally, by optimizing the way your products are shipped, shipping costs will decrease. Sustainable packaging options typically take up less room in warehouses, so there will be more space for storage.
Rocket Industrial can help you Package With Less to reduce packaging waste, lessen your impact on the environment, and cut your costs. Contact us to learn more about sustainable packaging options and join us in removing millions of pounds of packaging waste from the waste stream.