Purchases of wines, beers and olive oils are made daily in the consumer society in which we live. Every hour, we bring home tons of bottles carefully packaged or receive them for delivery.
Nearly all of the products purchased are supplied in any packaging, which not only keeps the bottles in a good condition, but also defines the brands.
However, the threat posed by plastic packaging to the environment cannot be ignored. Scientists have already denounced plastic as a long-term pollutant that does not biodegrade completely. Every 10 years, the global production of plastics double.
A collaborative report from a few departments of the U.S. government listed the time it takes for some packaging to break down in the environment. They include:
- Glass bottle: 1 million years.
- Plastic beverage bottles: 450 years.
- Aluminium can: 80-to-200 years.
- Plastic bag: 10-to-20 years.
More than 50% of all plastic items we buy are used only once. Thus, in the world, 250 kilos of plastic spill every second in the oceans. In Los Angeles alone, 10 tons of plastic packaging fragments are projected daily in the Pacific. With the finding that between 8 to 12 million tons of plastic end up each year in the oceans, we must collectively react. These plastic packaging, killing marine animals, is consumed by animals and ends up in the human food chain, with adverse effects on our health (See our blog article on the Pacific Trash Vortex)
The argument that going green with products and packaging is financially unprofitable for companies no longer holds water either. A 2015 Nielsen study showed that 66 percent of global respondents were willing to pay more for eco-friendly packaging, a number that has surely risen as consciousness has increased.
Plastic production reached 396 million tonnes – the equivalent of 53 kilograms for every inhabitant of the planet – and could increase by 40% by 2030.
Attentive to limit their environmental impact, more and more wine stores, logistics providers, wineries or microbreweries are positioning themselves in favour of ecological trends. NakPack offers this alternative to plastic with the use of recyclable natural materials, and the total uselessness of plastics.
What is a green packaging?
Eco-friendly packaging goes by a few other names such as sustainable packaging, green packaging and environmentally-friendly packaging. To be eco-friendly, packaging can be biodegradable (but preferably compostable), recyclable, reusable, non-toxic, made from recycled products, based in biomass or natural products or manufactured through low-impact means.
The main objectives of sustainable packaging are:
- Reducing the overall amount of packaging;
- Increased use of renewable or reusable materials;
- Exclusion of harmful (toxic) materials;
- The packaging is easy to recycle.
In fact, eco-friendly packaging is not just about minimizing the amount of packaging, it also includes the design, processing, and complete life cycle of the product.
While having in mind to offer a high standard and safe packaging, Nakpack takes care to offer a biodegradable and recyclable material for your packaging.
We accompany those who prefer the use of paper and cardboard, which are reusable materials, easily recyclable and biodegradable.
Our cardboard packaging is marked with recycled / recyclable terms and guides our customers on their possible reuse or recycling.
As you can see, respect for the environment is in our DNA and we provide you a packaging to go green, eco-friendly and environmental minded to contribute to our common consciousness.