and sunlight, methane gas is released while the degrading process take place, it is understood the impact of this is four times worse for global warming, than traditional plastic decomposition.
The biodegradable options we have researched use micro-plastics, so when the plant-based resin breaks down it leaves micro-plastics. These micro plastics are tiny particles of plastic that work their way into the food chain, micro plastics have been banned by the UK and the European Union.
In order to break down efficiently, marine degradable packaging requires two things, firstly it needs direct sunlight, secondly it requires water to be at 50°C - this is not an environment that naturally occurs meaning marine degradable is not the solution it initially promises to be.
These three options have been marketed as sustainable eco-friendly solutions but on further reflection appear to be knee-jerk reactions to public demand and actually cause a lot more harm than traditional recyclable PP. We believe this is the reason why most of the UK supermarkets set their goals to achieving fully recyclable packaging by 2025 and not biogradable alternatives.
The tubs we use are quite interesting, in that the labels printed onto a PP film and the pot is made of PP resin, so when it goes through recycling process it is one material which can be easily and widely recycled. Unlike your standard ice cream tubs or coffee cups where the polyethene layer needs to be removed from the card in order to be recycled.
The current system in the UK has 99% kerbside collection for recycling so it is easy for the end user to know how to depose of the packaging. Not to mention with the resealable design means the end user can find many uses around the home to continue the life span of these handy little tubs.
Based on this information, we feel that although it is imperative that we behave responsibly and ensure the packaging we supply does not have a negative impact on our planet and environment. Our tamper evident tubs have a low carbon footprint and are easily recycled within the current infrastructure. Meaning they protect your product and the planet with a humble efficiency.
However, we of course continue to keep abreast of new and innovative solutions. Like Maya Angelou, we do the best we can until we know better and when we find a way of doing better, we will…