How to switch to sustainable packaging
Compostable packaging is made of materials that are able to disintegrate back into the environment without releasing harmful chemicals. These products are usually made by substituting polymers with naturally-produced waste products such as cellulose or wood pulp.
Biodegradable packaging materials also break down into the environment. However, unlike compostable materials which require a specific setting (either at home or in an industrial composting plant), biodegradable materials break down naturally.
Recyclable materials can be collected and remanufactured to make new products. Many commonly-used packaging materials are theoretically recyclable, but in reality end up in landfill because they are complex and energy-intensive for conventional recycling streams to handle. Monomaterials such as metallized paper and board are 100% recyclable and energy-efficient to produce.