April’s Top 13: Planet vs. Plastic

As passionate advocates for our planet, this Earth Month at Noise 13, we’re focusing on innovative and sustainable substitutes for plastic packaging. With the escalating plastic pollution crisis, our team is eager to explore and embrace materials that offer eco-friendly solutions for clients that fit their vision, scale and budget. 

From traditional substances to groundbreaking bio-materials, we’re excited to share our Top 13 sustainable alternatives that are making significant strides in the fight against plastic.

  1. Glass: Timeless and 100% recyclable, glass packaging is a staple in sustainable packaging. It offers a myriad of uses without compromising on quality.
  2. Metal: Durable and endlessly recyclable, metal packaging, especially aluminum, provides a fantastic barrier against light and air, extending product shelf life while reducing waste.
  3. Silicone: A versatile and durable alternative to plastic, silicone is non-toxic, withstands extreme temperatures, and is ideal for reusable food storage solutions.
  4. Beeswax wraps: An organic, reusable alternative to plastic wraps, beeswax wraps are perfect for preserving food while keeping it fresh and are compostable at the end of their life cycle.
  5. Cardboard: Made from renewable resources, cardboard is biodegradable, recyclable and perfect for a wide range of packaging needs, emphasizing sustainability.
  6. Cornstarch packaging: Derived from the corn or maize plant, cornstarch is a biodegradable material that is an excellent alternative to polystyrene and plastic films.
  7. Bamboo: This fast-growing, renewable resource transforms packaging with its strength, versatility and biodegradability, making it an excellent plastic substitute.
  8. Mushroom packaging: Harnessing mycelium and agricultural waste, mushroom packaging is a groundbreaking compostable alternative that’s both innovative and earth-friendly.
  9. Seaweed packaging: Seaweed is making waves in the packaging industry, offering a biodegradable, edible solution that could revolutionize food packaging.
  10. Recycled paper: Utilizing recycled paper for packaging reduces waste and conserves energy and natural resources, making it a sustainable choice for various packaging needs
  11. Jute: Known for its durability and biodegradability, jute is a fantastic sustainable material for bags and packaging, reducing reliance on synthetic materials.
  12. Cotton: Organic cotton packaging options can replace plastic bags, offering a renewable, biodegradable and sturdy alternative with a much longer lifecycle.
  13. Polylactic acid (PLA): Derived from renewable resources like corn starch or sugar cane, PLA is a biodegradable and bioactive polyester that offers an eco-friendly alternative to conventional plastics.

While we’re excited about the potential of more sustainable materials to reduce plastic use, there’s more to consider, like adopting eco-friendly printing techniques, minimizing packaging waste, and evaluating how far products travel. It’s all part of a bigger plan to keep doing good for the planet. 

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