Robert Lilienfeld of The Sustainable Packaging Research, Information, and Networking Group (SPRING), says “compostable packaging is not THE answer. But it is AN answer.”
If the following systems, processes, and investments can be made, then maybe we can begin to consider compostable packaging to even be AN answer:
- Finding a nearby community where commercial composting infrastructure has been set up.
- Preventing contamination of recyclable and compostable packaging due to confusion or general disinterest.
- Collecting payment from consumers for curbside, local drop-off, or delivered waste.
- Cleaning and sorting compostable packaging from dine-in, takeout or delivery meals.
- Capturing the greenhouse gases composting generates.
- Investing into national/global systems that doesn’t force responsibility solely on the consumer.
“If not careful…interest in compostable packaging will produce the same problems that are associated with mechanical recycling of traditional flexible packaging. Creating a single stream reduces the duplication and resulting inefficiencies of containing, sorting, and transporting two different streams to different locations requiring different processes.”
That has been the mission of StrawFish, who has successfully developed truly 100% biodegradable disposables that businesses and consumers don’t have to jump through hoops to dispose of.
As 94% of waste goes to natural landfills, it is important that we proactively reduce our impact by creating solutions that naturally return to their organic state. When commercially compostable packaging and disposables inevitably end up in a landfill, they will persist for tens, if not hundreds of years.
Learn how StrawFish solutions are certified to globally recognized 3rd-party standards that work for YOU and your customers, as we are all part of the global movement of sustainability.