Wednesday, March 31st 2021, 2:25 pm - Compostable and biodegradable materials are being eyed as solutions for the growing single use plastic crisis
For the past decade, conservation organizations have been working to protect and restore oceans on a global scale. This ambitious mission comes with a set of ongoing challenges but COVID-19 suddenly spiked the demand for e-commerce packaging, as online shopping became the daily norm for millions of people, so addressing the momentous challenge of single use plastics became compounded.
So, are there any greener packaging alternatives out there?
The Weather Network interviewed North America's leading plant based product company, good natured Products, to discuss alternatives to petroleum for packaging products with their CEO Paul Antoniadis.
Antoniadis told The Weather Network that his Vancouver-based company lives on the premise that everyone's good natured.
A pie package made from plant-based materials. Credit: good natured
“[We provide] businesses and consumers an alternative to petroleum at affordable prices. The demand for our products has been quite strong and we believe that if we can get everyone to start taking a small step, a couple steps forward in transitioning their products away from fossil fuels, that's big progress,” he said.
Plants such as sugarcane are used to make compostable and biodegradable materials such as hot cups, lids, plates, cutlery, and take out containers. The materials at good natured typically have a lower carbon footprint and use less materials by right-sizing their packaging.
Watch the video above to see some of the products that good natured offers.
Thumbnail credit: good natured