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The bane of plastic:

Plastic seems to be the most commonly used material nowadays. It is affordable and sturdy and easy to manufacture. Plastic has many uses; it can be used to make anything from cutlery to electronics to widely used plastic bags. The material is ever-present it seems. This cheap material, however, comes at a much higher cost than most people can even imagine. Plastic is very durable and though this sounds like a good thing, for the environment it is bad news. Plastic degrades very slowly. Plastic bottles, for example, take around 450 years to degrade. As for plastic waste in landfills, that can take up to 1,000 years! This means that whatever plastic is produced will remain intact for centuries to come. The result? Ever since the increased popularity of plastic as a material in the 1950s, the presence of plastic waste has multiplied. It is not simply the presence of the waste, it is the devastation caused by it that has really hit home the reality of a need to do something and do something quick. Plastic threaten the ecosystem by endangering the lives of animals who may end up consuming plastics and suffocate as a result. Burning of plastics is also very dangerous as it leads to air pollution. Since plastic is a synthetic material, even small sized plastics can reach the ground water and contaminate it. Overall, plastic is very harmful and their continued existence is very damaging.

The way forward:

Since the dread of plastic has really made itself felt, many organizations and individuals have started working to deal with the problem. New types of plastics that are degradable are being made, but these are more expensive and really in their initial stage. Another common way is to limit use of plastics or ban certain areas of usage entirely. Now this may sound extremely difficult, especially since a lot of products use plastic as one of many materials and finding a substitute for plastic may not be possible. However, something like plastic bags can be slowly phased out. Plastic bags are especially hazardous as they cause water and land pollution and result in deaths of thousands of animals and birds each year as a result of choking. The most feasible alternative, however, seems to be eco-friendly cardboard boxes. Customized boxes can replace all types of plastic packaging. Let’s see how custom eco-friendly boxes can be the future of packaging as well as storage.

Eco-friendly boxes and their usage:

Cardboard boxes are made out of cardboard which is an organic material. This means that once disposed off, these custom boxes are easily decomposed into the earth. So all types of custom cardboard boxes are biodegradable and so not lead to the problem of the box polluting the land or air or water for centuries to come. But custom boxes are blamed for the excessive felling of trees. This is where eco-friendly boxes come into the picture. This is because eco-friendly boxes are made specifically out of recycled card stock and do not involve the cutting of trees. This makes eco-friendly boxes the best alternative to all types of potential packaging materials. They do not harm the environment in any way.

Some misconceptions about the eco-friendly boxes:

Due to their recycled nature, there are a few misconceptions when it comes to eco-friendly boxes that must be addressed. Here are a few of them: Eco-friendly boxes are more expensive:

This is not true at all. In the beginning when the recycling technology was in its nascent stage this might have been true, but not anymore. Eco-friendly boxes are no more expensive than normal cardboard boxes. In fact, to encourage the trend of using more eco-friendly cardboard boxes, a lot of companies provide special discounts and concessions for selecting eco-friendly boxes. Eco-friendly boxes come in brown only:

A lot of people think that eco-friendly boxes only come in a rough brown material which is not suitable for printing colors exactly. Kraft stock is that brown stock and is common in both eco-friendly boxes as well as normal boxes. So it doesn’t just have to be eco-friendly boxes. Similarly, eco-friendly boxes can have any base color. White is the basic one and widely sued as any color will translate exactly on a white base. Also the stock type isn’t rough for eco-friendly boxes. Customers can go for a smooth stock for a soft feel or choose a rougher more organic look. It depends entirely on the customer preference and the product type. Eco-friendly boxes are hard to customize::

This again is false. Eco-friendly boxes are no different from ordinary boxes in terms of stock. You can make them into any size or style. Any type of printing can be done easily and same goes for the finish. You cannot really tell whether a box was even made out of recycled stock unless you see the little sign saying so.

Benefits of Eco-friendly boxes:

The number one benefit is to the environment, naturally. Not only eco-friendly boxes bio-degradable, their production is harmless to trees. This is because the process of creating the stock for such boxes involves recycling and reprocessing existing boxes. This is definitely the most ethical form of packaging out there. Eco-friendly boxes adds to the goodwill of the product as well as the organisation. Being environmentally conscious and doing something as simple as changing the packaging to a more environmentally-friendly one can be a big step towards ethical business practice. A lot of consumers are becoming more aware about the environment and are sure to support any business making even small changes. Overall, eco-friendly products and lifestyles are the way forward. As the danger of climate change becomes more pronounced and the need to alter our lifestyles becomes more urgent, simple things like packaging can be the baby steps towards to the greater changes necessary. Eco-friendly boxes may seem like an insignificant positive step, but it is part of the journey to a healthier and cleaner planet.

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