Nature and Packaging
The impact of packaging on our environment is most felt in our oceans as plastic waste continues to accumulate at an accelerating pace. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has calculated that:
- Over 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year for use in a wide variety of applications.
- At least 14 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year, and plastic makes up 80% of all marine debris found from surface waters to deep-sea sediments.
- Marine species ingest or are entangled by plastic debris, which causes severe injuries and death.
- Plastic pollution threatens food safety and quality, human health, coastal tourism, and contributes to climate change.
Packaging Waste can also contaminate land and waterways and takes up valuable space in landfill, all having a negative impact on nature. Addressing your waste production and working toward complete elimination of waste is good for nature and our planet.