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Why Plastic Packaging is an Issue

Posted by Charlene Toh on

Plastic free packaging for deodorants and balms that are recycable or reusable

Each year, approximately 11 million metric tons of plastic waste enters our ocean. Since plastic isn't biodegradable, these plastics float around our oceans, coming into contact with marine inhabitants. That means millions of marine animals, reefs and habitats are affected and damaged.

At the rate that we are exponentially producing plastic, this amount will continue growing and nearly triple by 2040, reaching 29 million metric tons of plastic entering our oceans.

Despite the promises and controls implemented by governments and the industry, the yearly volume of plastic flowing into the ocean will only be reduced by 7% (by 2040). This is partly because most of these promises and controls are focused on specific items instead of systemic change. Many companies are focused on the recycling or disposal of plastics when really, more effort needs to go into eliminating the use of plastic.

Though there is no one ultimate solution to this, here at Jomingo, we chose to use minimal plastic in our packaging and products. We source for alternatives to conventional plastic tubes and glass roll-ons as well as plastic bubble wrap shipping parcels. We also reuse plastic bubble wraps we receive from our suppliers.

Our natural deodorants are in paper push-up biodegradable tubes and are printed on FCS grade paper, using soy ink. Our natural hand balm is in a tin that is reusable and recyclable to keep your various trinkets.

In terms of our shipping packaging, we aim to minimise the use of our mailer for every order. To achieve this our mailer packaging size is also carefully selected to accommodate to each content without any wastage of space.

From our product to our mailer packaging, we consider each step carefully to the impact we make to our environment to reduce plastic waste.

Sources:
Reddy, W. Lau, PEWtrust, Breaking the Plastic Wave: Top Finding for Preventing Plastic Pollution, 2020 [Online] Available at: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2020/07/23/breaking-the-plastic-wave-top-findings [Accessed 29/9/2021]

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