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Compostable packaging seems like the winner here, but as we have been doing our research to source the most planet friendly packaging for our products we have discovered that the truth is that most compostable packaging contains PLA (Polylactic Acid) which is only actually compostable in a commercial facility where it can be blasted with high intensity heat. I have been guilty of associating Compostable with Biodegradable which is not correct as the two are not the same. Biodegradable means that products will break down naturally in nature by microorganisms, compostable means that there is some human help/input such as adding water and/or oxygen.
On the other hand, plastic as we know is made from oil and petroleum and is horrible for our planet and toxic for us as well. One of the biggest problems is that so much of the plastic being produced is for single use items and such a small percentage of plastic is actually recycled. The flip side is that when plastics are recycled they can actually be turned into pretty awesome products. Stay tuned for a future blog about the life of plastic.
What about Glass?
Glass also seems like a better option; however when compared to plastic packaging for food; the shelf-life can actually be significantly longer with plastic meaning there is less food waste and food manufactures can provide food products at a lower, most accessible price that last longer.
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