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Why Should Packaging Products Be Biodegradable?

September 22, 2015

Today, there is a high demand for recycled and sustainable packaging. In fact, biodegradable packaging products are one of the biggest trends in living green. However, many claim that this trend is here to stay. Biodegradable packaging is in fact a big influence on producing less waste, meeting the demands of consumers and retailers, reducing packaging costs and adhering to certain government regulations.

Definition of Biodegradable

In order to reap the benefits of biodegradable packaging it is necessary to understand the definition. What defines biodegradable is as follows:

  • Is plant-based
  • Free of unsafe chemicals
  • Does not have plastic coatings
  • Uses minimal energy for production
  • Decomposes completely with the help of microorganisms
  • Decomposes completely with the help of microorganisms

Choosing Biodegradable Packaging

Biodegradable packaging products are also plant-based. Unlike most of the plastic packaging for food in recent years which are made of oil-based petroleum. But with the rising concern of our environment and the ever increasing cost of oil, many companies are now utilizing biodegradable packaging.

Numerous specialists also believe that the increasing demand for biodegradable products will grow by 20 percent in the next year. This growth is said to be triggered by environmental concerns, consumer awareness and recycling bylaws.

Reducing Your Companies Carbon Footprint

Compared to conventional plastic, packaging made from plant materials such as sugarcane and corn uses up to 70 percent less CO2 in production. In addition, plant-based packaging is reduced to compost in about 12-13 weeks. But oil-based packaging can take up to 1000 years to biodegrade. In fact, some petroleum-based packaging is not recyclable and generally ends up in the ocean or a landfill. Also, as oil-based packaging decomposes, there are poisonous toxins emitted into our environment that pollutes water sources and harms wildlife.

Your company can greatly reduce its carbon footprint by converting to biodegradable packaging. In addition, you can significantly decrease the disturbing waste that winds up in our landfills and the ocean.

The Costs Have Changed

It used to be that biodegradable packaging was not cost effective for a business. However, modern advances in the production of plant-based packaging have made it more affordable. In addition, the price of petroleum has gone sky high thus increasing the cost of oil-based packaging. Today, the cost to produce oil-based and plant-based is about the same. But, many believe the cost of plant-based packaging will soon be much lower than oil-based.

Biodegradable Packaging is not Just a Trend

With extremely lowered costs and a wide variety of biodegradable packaging products, it is clear that sustainable packaging is here to stay. More and more, large and small companies are converting to an environmentally friendly alternative to packaging.
At A&M Packaging, we now produce fully biodegradable materials for your packaging needs. What is more, there is no loss with structural reliability or performance. In fact, our sustainable products break down into biomass completely. For more information, contact A&M Packaging at:

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