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Unpacking The Options:

There's lots to think about - you could say it’s a weighty decision! 😉

While you're busy making your fab products, the last thing you want to worry about is if your eco-friendly packaging is up to the task. Our goal is to help you navigate your sustainable packaging material choices with clarity and confidence!

Let's start with plastics. They get a bad rap, and for good reason when it's the type of plastic that litters the environment, like straws and those icky beverage ring thingys. There are also some plastics with sketchy additives that we suggest you avoid (like PVC #3 and Polystyrene #6). Thankfully, regulations are taking care of booting these from being used for most everyday packaging. 🙌

But plastics have an important role to play. For example, PET #1 (Polyethylene Terephthalate) is lightweight, durable, and accepted by most curbside recycling programs in North America. There's also a plant-based version called Bio-PET that uses more renewable ingredients instead of fossil fuels.

Paper and fiber often appear more eco-friendly at first glance, but they have limitations. If they're coated or multi-layered to improve performance, they're not always easily recycled. Glass, although infinitely re-usable, is also being regulated in some recycling programs due to its weight and safety issues from breakage during pick-up and processing.

Navigating Regulations:

Simplifying the impact on your packaging choices. 💡

Choosing the right packaging isn't just about being eco-friendly - it's increasingly about complying with emerging regulations that usually look like they're written in unbreakable code. 🤯 Most fall into one of two groups: either dealing with waste management or focused on encouraging the use of safer, more sustainable materials.

Efforts are ramping up in at least 36 states to eliminate substances like PFAS and BPAs from food packaging. These have typically been used to extend shelf life by increasing moisture or grease resistance, but are not a concern if you choose PET, Bio-PET or certified compostable packaging.

Enhancing recycling and re-use to reduce landfill waste is a big part of many emerging regulations. By sticking with the most commonly recovered materials (PET/Bio-PET #1, HDPE #2, aluminum, uncoated paper) or ensuring your packaging is certified compostable where the right facilities exist, you'll be setting yourself up to avoid many regulatory surprises.

Lastly, there's a growing push to use bio-based materials instead of fossil fuels. Choosing bio-based packaging reduces pressure on limited petroleum resources and can eliminate nasty chemicals to boot!

Making A Choice:

Pick packaging that works for the planet AND your business. 💚

After considering all these factors, you might still wonder which material is best for you. Even if you've decided clear, rigid plastic packaging is the right choice for its performance and eco-friendly benefits, you still have great options!

PET #1 is widely known for its durability and recyclability. It's a reliable choice if curbside recyclability is your business priority. But did you know you can amp up your sustainable superpowers by including bio-based content? 🌿 Bio-PET offers the same benefits as traditional PET but is made with up to 30% renewable, plant-based materials.

PLA (Polylactic Acid) is another clear and crush resistant way to go, especially if maximizing bio-based materials is your goal. PLA is made from renewable resources and can be certified commercially compostable. It delivers a full closed loop, breaking down into natural elements over time.

Ultimately, the choice depends on your specific needs - there's no one-size-fits-all! We offer a variety of bio-based options and want to help you make an informed decision that's planet-friendly and fits your fab products perfectly. 😘