5 Practical Tips to Reuse Our Packaging
As the world's prevalent problem with plastics continues, our world has woken up to a predicament that fish, mammals, and other marine flora aren't the only ones swimming in much of the oceans.
Unfortunate as it may seem, around 8 million tons of plastic waste still find their way into our home planet’s vast waters. The National Geographic reported that these plastics, once broken down into smaller pieces, then work their way up the food chain, largely affecting our planet, our wildlife, and our lives in the process.
While the use and production of plastics have supported peoples' desire for convenience since the 1950s, it sure has instilled a toxic throw-away culture, making plastic pollution one of the world's most pressing environmental issues.
Even so, no matter how many times we ban the use of single-use plastic straws, cups, wrappers, and bottles, we still have so much left to work on to make significant progress. And that includes lessening your ecological footprint.
In over a decade of working as an environmentally-conscious apparel brand, we have always embraced the idea of sustainability. This is mainly the reason why we incorporate eco-friendly practices into the allergy-free clothing pieces we offer and the packaging we use.
But aside from providing 100% organic cotton clothing without harmful chemicals and processes, we also seriously practice environmental responsibility by making sure our containers won't accumulate in a landfill.
In pursuit of eco-conscious living, we, at Cottonique, decided not to single-use plastic packaging to eliminate unnecessary plastics. Since 2008, we have been utilizing reusable kraft paper for our pouches, which proves a much better eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags and wrappers.
Made with several layers of laminated materials, our pouches are strong against piercing, protective to keep the garments fresh, and sturdy even when left on the shelves.
According to an article, kraft stand-up pouches are some of the "best-selling packagings for environmentally conscious brands because their brown paper exterior visually communicates a more natural product." While kraft paper does aid in branding and security, it also has less impact on the environment.
Due to its lightweight quality, businesses can cut down on carbon emissions when transporting a truckload of stand-up pouches since kraft paper packages consume less fuel than heavy boxes, plastic wrappers, or glass jars. Keeping the overall weight of your packages down means cheaper shipping fees will be passed on to your customers. Although the laminated ones aren't biodegradable, they are still landfill-friendly since you can reuse and recycle them.
This durable and flexible packaging staple can be flattened and repurposed after doing its main task of protecting your items while in transit. This way, we help minimize wastes and take up less space in trash bins and dumping grounds.
However, as with many recyclable products in the market, the main challenge in recycling kraft paper lies in encouraging consumers to recycle your packaging. And it's up to brands, like us, to properly inculcate the essence of environmental protection to their customers.
Recycling Kraft Paper
As an eco-minded company, we believe that recycling is an essential step that everyone must take part in to achieve a sustainable environment. We care so much about our packaging in the same way we show care to our products. Here are five (5) ideas to repurpose our stand-up pouches made from laminated kraft paper.
- STORE OTHER ITEMS
Once our pouches are empty, you can use them again to preserve other valuable items in your house. The protective zip locks and seals included in the pouches increase their reusability factor. You may store certain items like toothbrushes, rice grains, ground coffee, candies, pet treats, coins, jewelry, sugar packets, art items, and other household essentials.
- USE AS SHOE COVERS
Caring for your favorite footwear can be a hassle sometimes when you're traveling. Good thing, you have our reusable pouch with you. Put your shoes, sandals, slippers, or flip-flops in the pouch, so you can store them next to your clean clothes in a traveling bag.
- TRASH BAGS
Our stand-up pouches, especially the large ones, can be used as a trash bin. Keep them under your office table or inside your car. These pouches can save you when you need a place to hurl smaller pieces of trash away. Once it’s full, you can reuse it all over again.
- PROTECTION FROM FROST
The previous winter storms taught us that freezing winds can cause havoc. To protect your most loved smaller plants from frost, put our pouches over them to avoid frostbite. You may also stick a couple of pouches on your car's side-view mirrors to protect them from snowfall.
- CURBSIDE RECYCLING
You may also contribute to green efforts through curbside recycling. Curbside recycling, also known as drop-off recycling, refers to the practice of discarding items that are picked up by a waste collection service and then sorted at a recycling facility.
Furthermore, according to an article, stand-up, multi-layered pouches are crushed and ground up during the recycling process to make way for plastic benches and other various plastic products. Collect your pouches now and look for curbside recycling bins at school, work, grocery stores, and other public spaces near you.
To know more about recycling other household products you have, visit here.
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