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Why should you choose ecological packaging?

The use of disposable containers currently represents a disproportionate consumption, you just have to stop to think about daily acts such as ordering food at home on the weekend. The current health situation is also added, which has meant that we all have to stay at home and restaurants have to work mainly at home. All of these factors add up to an excessive use of disposable packaging, all made primarily of Styrofoam and plastic. Faced with this scenario, alternatives have been sought that seek to reduce the environmental impact they generate, one of them being ecological packaging.

What is ecological packaging?

They are known as ecological packaging due to their biodegradable qualities, that is, they disappear naturally over time when they come into contact with other waste and the earth. The materials used to manufacture them are renewable and, in some cases, can be composted.

Biodegradable materials are characterized by the fact that their decomposition does not release toxic elements that attack ecosystems, instead, they are transformed into inputs essentials such as oxygen and carbon. These characteristics are what make them suitable for composting.

Their capacity to store and preserve food is the same as that of traditional containers, so they offer the same functionality at a lower environmental cost. The concept represents an innovative model, showing that it is possible to maintain our lifestyle under a more respectful and responsible philosophy with the environment.

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How to know if a container is ecological?

To date, there is a great diversity of biodegradable materials to manufacture ecological disposables, below, we mention the most common.

• Ecological disposable cups for drinks that are made from paper sourced from sustainable forests with FSC certification. These packages do not contain bleach or chemicals, only dyes of natural origin.
Food packaging is made of cardboard or PLA (polylactic acid, which is derived from natural and renewable raw materials).
• Ecological cutlery and straws can be manufactured based on PLA (polylactic acid, it is a bioplastic that is produced from plant sugars). It is compostable and is used only for cold meals, as it does not withstand temperatures of more than 45°C.
• CPLA (crystallized polylactic acid) is also a bioplastic similar to PLA, with the advantage that it resists temperatures up to 85°C, which is why it is used to store hot food.
• Bamboo is another material that has gained ground in eating utensils, since it is completely and does not represent any impact on the environment. It is usually used for straws and cutlery.
• Sugar cane bagasse is a material recovered from the production of panela and refined sugar. This is biodegradable, compostable and very resistant, it can even be used in the microwave.
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Why choose ecological packaging

The use of ecological packaging, like all environmentally friendly products, represents an alternative to add to the change required by our consumption model, which has caused serious damage to natural ecosystems in recent decades.

In addition, the use of products of this type is generating more and more interest from consumers, who are looking for sustainable options in general.This is why the product options vary, from personal care such as creams, shampoos and soaps; to accessories and ecological clothing

This is how finding environmentally responsible brands is becoming easier, so there are no excuses to look for sustainable alternatives. Don't forget that in Mother Earth you can find bags and ecological t-shirts with innovative designs so you can start taking action and being part of the change that the planet needs.

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