Global warming and climate change is for real.
These days it appears almost impossible to escape plastic – everything is made out of it!
Plastic can take from 500 to 1000 years to degrade. This means that all the plastic ever made hasn’t still even started to degrade. When plastic finally does break down, it is only in smaller and smaller toxic parts of itself. This then contaminates the environment even further.
Let that sink in deep.
Meanwhile, we will do our part in making the planet a safer, greener place for generations to come. Adopting eco-friendly materials would reduce the risk of the environment leading to a positive chain of events. Today, we are discussing the topic of eco-friendly alternatives to plastic. No, not the usual run-of-the-mill list of materials like Jute, Sugarcane, etc. These are some mind-boggling materials; one that we would never have thought could be repurposed for packaging.
But before that,
What are the Benefits of Using Eco-Friendly Packaging Materials?
Eco-friendly packaging as the name suggests, is environment-friendly and leaves a minimal carbon footprint. But, there are a lot more benefits to it:-
Eco-friendly packaging is recyclable and compostable;
Unlike popular notions, these products are cheaper in the long run; &
Several countries provide tax incentives to companies that use eco-friendly materials.
A drumroll for the new eco-friendly alternative…………. and it’s the coconut which is nature’s best packaging design.
The humble and tropically ubiquitous coconut, besides producing one of the tastiest cocktail starters out there, is one the best package design solutions for a perishable food item ever designed by nature. Not only do coconuts survive falling from heights of 50 feet to the ground, but they often travel thousands of miles via ocean waves, still perfectly protected. This makes it an effective green packaging design instead of harmful plastics.
When coconuts are processed on a commercial scale, the shells and husks are discarded. Research shows the uses of coconut husks and this led to a plan to re-use these as a packaging alternative to plastics.
Coconut husks are rich in lignin, the material mentioned above and, comes with natural burn resistance – a commendable quality for packaging materials. Coconut shells are also a biodegradable alternative to hard plastics. These shells are several times stronger than plastics. They can be processed to create disposable/reusable bowls too.