From the coffee shop ‘latte levy’, to entirely plastic-free aisles in supermarkets – the zero-waste movement is certainly having its moment, with more and more consumers becoming increasingly conscious of how their goods are packaged. As a result of this, Theresa May has pledged to eradicate avoidable plastic waste in Britain by 2042, and more than 40 companies, including the likes of Tesco and Nestle, have signed the UK Plastic Pact to reduce their use of plastics by 2025.
With this in mind, Paramount is taking a look at some of the clever ways in which companies are using alternatives to plastic, and how the future of packaging may look:
1. Saltwater Brewery
Beer can holders are some of the worst culprits when it comes to plastic pollution in our oceans. However, Saltwater Brewery have come up with an animal-friendly six pack ring that actually benefits marine life! Made from by-products of the beer brewing process, the 100% biodegradable packaging is made using 3D printers. What’s more, the packaging starts to disintegrate within 2 hours of being in the ocean, and completely degrades within 2-3 months.
2. Tottenham Hotspur’s
A football club isn’t usually the first thing that springs to mind when you think of environmentally-impassioned organisations – but this is where Tottenham Hotspur’s may surprise you. The football club, who are due to move into their new stadium by the end of the year, aim to ban plastic bags completely from their new home - offering 100% biodegradable bags instead. As well as this, all contracts with suppliers will contain a requirement to reduce plastic usage and new members will receive a Bag for Life when the new season starts in 2019/2020.
Evian have similarly made a bold statement, by committing itself to making 100% of its bottles from recycled plastic by 2025. Currently, its bottles only contain 25% recycled plastic, but Evian hope that their partnership with Veolia will rapidly scale-up recycling rates and ensure bottles don’t end up in the ocean.
Dell are another large corporate set to change the way they use plastic for their packaging. The technology firm are currently in the process of creating the first commercial-scale global ocean plastics supply chain; which will process plastic found on beaches, to provide recycled packaging for their products.
Method, are an innovative cleaning product brand, that use plastic collected and processed from Hawaii beaches, to produce their packaging. The packaging, which is primarily made from grade 1 and 2 plastics, is recyclable – encouraging consumers to recycle their packaging once the product is finished. What’s more, Method products, such as their cleaning wipes, are also biodegradable.
If you’d like to explore your plastic-free options for packaging, Paramount can offer a number of solutions with our innovative Fuji packaging systems.