5 alternative packaging to plastic to be adopted immediately

5 alternative packaging to plastic to be adopted immediately

Plastic pollution is a pressing problem: to help resolve the situation, use these 5 alternative packaging.

Over half of Italians think that pollution and environmental degradation are very worrying. And almost all believe that we should all work to reduce the amount of waste, even with the risk of shelling out a few more bucks.plastic is universally perceived as highly pollutingThese data emerge from a new research by Nielsen, conducted in collaboration with Novamont on a sample aged between 18 and 65 years. According to the results, almost 75% of Italians are willing to pay more for a product because it is environmentally sustainable or because its packaging is. In fact, plastic is perceived as highly polluting (87%) and the responsibility for its use in food packaging, it would be above all of the manufacturing companies. For the future, the research reveals again, Italians are quite proactive: they suggest using compostable / biodegradable bioplastics (28%), a return to bulk, glass and paper (17%), as well as that of returnable vacuum ( 16%). In short, plastic is to be banned. So how do you get sustainable food packaging ? Here is what the market offers today.


  1. Corn starch and vegetable oils . Together with some additives they create a family of biodegradable and compostable bioplastics, known as Mater-Bi and patented by Novamont. This product is sold in granules and is workable in a similar way to other plastics. The biodegradation process, carried out by microorganisms, produces water, carbon dioxide and methane. It is used in the production of bioplastic packaging, toys, cutlery, crockery and bags, replacing traditional polyethylene bags.
  2. Beeswax . For some time now, thanks to the aforementioned return to bulk and the search for reusable materials, one of the trends to be applied (upstream) is to use organic cotton cloths, treated with beeswax and oil. Their task is to eliminate the consumption of disposable films and containers. And consequently decrease production waste and plastic pollution. The cloth can be used to preserve food (raw or cooked) and placed in direct contact with the food allows it to transpire, thus avoiding the formation of humidity and mold, while the wax fights bacterial proliferation.
  3. Algae . Recently, one of the most functional materials is a gelatinous derivative called agar , composed of seaweed. Easy to grow, this polysaccharide has minimal environmental impact, as it is a by-product of red algae processing. And it is already known in the kitchen as a natural gelling agent. In the case of packaging, with the addition of water it can be easily shaped, even eaten. And dissolve using only hot water.
  4. Leaves . Less is more  even in packaging. And the small Thai supermarket chain Rimping knows something about it , which last year revived the good habit of using banana tree leaves instead of film to package products in stores in the north of the country. By holding them together with a ribbon of natural fibers, he obtained a 100% sustainable result and a decidedly original look for all the foods in the fruit and vegetable department.
  5. The latest news . Among the novelties in the pipeline, the new compostable counter papers, made up of pure cellulose paper and Mater-Bi (again by Novamont), as well as the organic vegetable biopolymers of the Faenza startup Iuv, obtained from agro-industry waste and naturally biodegradable, at the base of the Columbus Egg edible packaging system . It is also able to extend the durability of products such as fruit and vegetables, preventing the appearance of molds, yeasts and bacteria.

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