- Time of issue:2021-12-30 13:27:20
Plastic rubbish is everywhere — streets, rivers, beaches, stomachs of cows and whales. Around 60% of the 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic produced since the early 1950s has ended up in landfills or the natural environment, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. A large part of that is packaging material, which is what over 40% of plastic is used for. Plastic takes tens, or even hundreds, of years to completely degrade.
This is why scientists, companies and governments are in search of packaging options that do not take such a heavy toll on the environment. It is safe to assume that by 2030, some of those will have seen wide adoption. Notpla, a London-based packaging company, has developed edible pods and sachets made from seaweed for water, juices and ketchup. There are other companies developing sandwich wraps and straws from seaweed, and spoons and cups from cane sugar. Galaxy is committed to update our products packaging by increasing recycling materials.