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Why Sustainable Packaging Matters For Your Health And The Planet

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Part of living a healthy lifestyle means trying to achieve as much natural balance with the world around us as we can. Simply put, we tend to be happier when we are surrounded by natural materials like wood, stone, cotton and metals. Indeed, for a while we lived in something close to harmony with our planet for centuries even as our civilizations developed. Then the 1950s happened and with them came a revolution of “better living through chemistry” and an age of ubiquitous plastics. Suddenly the market was saturated with products packaged in plastics, even as plastics became a more and more ubiquitous presence in the household. And everyone was too wrapped up in the post-war fervor of progress to think much about the impact on the planet.

These days, however, we live in the aftermath of previous generations’ shortsightedness. Packaging companies work tirelessly to find more sustainable ways of creating everything from hazmat packaging to biodegradable water bottles. But why bother? Why are packaging companies (and the brands that use them) investing so heavily in research into more sustainable methods? Here we’ll look at just a few reasons why sustainable packaging matters for your health and for the planet…

They’re free of allergens and toxins

Not all plastics are created equal! Some plastics, even those used for food packaging, can contain harmful BPA which can interfere with hormone function as well as other allergens and toxins which can, over time endanger your health. Chemical compounds found in some plastics have been linked to everything from weight gain to reduced fertility and even an increased cancer risk.

Fortunately, more and more brands are replacing these with biodegradable “bio plastics” which are not only more environmentally ethical, they are free of allergens and toxins. Buy products packaged in more sustainable bioplastics and you can prevent a range of health complications.

They can lead to cheaper products

Sustainable and eco-friendly packaging tends to be lighter in weight. While the difference may be negligible on an individual unit, it can all make a big difference to manufacturers and brands, saving them a fortune on shipping costs. Savings which the brand may then pass onto you, the consumer. That means cheaper products and less stressing about money!

They’re less of a drain on our natural resources

Packaging is a huge industry and the manufacture of packaging solutions can in some cases carry a huge carbon footprint, flooding the atmosphere with harmful pollutants. These aren’t just damaging to the planet, they’re damaging to our bodies when we breathe them in.

Sustainable packaging, however, is designed with reduced strain on our planet’s natural resources and reduced energy consumption in mind. Every time you buy a product that’s sustainably packaged you’re voting with your wallet for clearer skies, cleaner seas and more nourishing air for us and the plants and animals with which we share the planet.

One of the great things about living in the 21st century is that we have an abundance of choice. Make sure that the choices that you make as a consumer count. Your body and your planet will thank you for it!

 

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Olivia is psychologist and entrepreneur from Brisbane. Mother of two beautiful children and proud owner of two silly boxer dogs. She is passionate writer, a traveler and conscious consumer, seeking healthy and sustainable products to incorporate into the lives of her family. Her motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

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