Packing Alternatives to Plastic

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In a time where we need drastic and immediate change to sustain our planet, using plastic alternatives, especially for food companies, needs to begin now. Just because plastics have been used for decades does not mean there aren’t other options; in fact, there are many quality alternatives that are better for the environment, just as sturdy, and reusable. Below are a few options for your products.

Plant-based plastics

Plant-based plastics also known as bioplastics can be made from corn, which is easily broken down. When the bioplastics are done being used in their original form, they can be sustainably created into other products, like water bottles, films, and other food grade containers. This means your company can use them for almost anything, whether you make the next best energy drink or a fruit snack, like we do!

Bagasse

This byproduct of sugarcane which has a malleability and stickiness that lends itself well to creating food containers and other packaging. Since it’s a byproduct, it’s much more sustainable than other often-used packaging, like styrofoam. Bagasse is certified biodegradable and compostable as well, making it easy for consumers to reuse or dispose of it without going to a landfill.

Edible plastics

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Saltwater Brewery, a United States-based company, created six-pack rings for their products that are biodegradable, compostable, and edible. The rings are made with byproducts of the brewing process — wheat and barley — and can be dropped into water with no negative impact on marine life. This material could be advantageous for snack companies that package their products in small bags, which often end up being left on the street and washed into sewage drains, ending up in oceans and lakes.

Wood pulp cellophane

NatureFlex makes cellophane-like products perfect for wrapping and packaging all types of goods. Their cellophane alternative comes in uncoated, for confectionary products and chocolate, semi-permeable, for dairy and fresh produce, and barrier for snacks, baked goods, coffee, and other food and personal care items. It’s sustainable, washable, and doesn’t sit in the ground for billions of years the way its plastic counterpart does.

Milk plastic

Casein, which is found in milk, has been used for decades, but was replaced by the plastics we use most regularly today because they’re stronger and more durable. However, a new company, Lactips, created a stronger, still biodegradable casein-based product. They’re making their way into the food industry soon, so get it while it’s hot!

Using plastic alternatives is not only better for the environment; it’s better for your business. Companies that use biodegradable, sustainable materials over plastics and polystyrene-based products will begin overcoming competitors faster and sooner as consumers continue to become more critical of company practices. Start thinking about how you can stand out in the market. Maybe Journey Foods’ software can help make you shine even brighter, along with some biodegradable packaging.