Many companies use plastic in their products, packaging and packing of their packaged products – which amounts to a lot of responsibility for the customer and end consumer! 27% of PET containers were recycled in 2008, which pales in comparison to the 2,500,000 plastic bottles that Americans use every hour., Environmental groups say one of the biggest problems with plastic bottles is that consumers do not recycle them. So, how responsible are the new plant-based and compostable packages?
BrownFlynn has three bins in its kitchen: Paper Recyclables, Non-paper Recyclables, and Landfill. Try practicing this in your office or at home. It is certainly eye opening when you see exactly how much stuff you put into the bin marked “Landfill,” because you know where it’s going for good. The more chances we have to put things in the “Recyclables” the better – just one of the ways to reduce our impact. The good news is the global market for sustainable packaging is estimated to reach $142.42 billion by 2015.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the companies making these types of alternative packaging:
A few of the companies that are using alternative packaging:
– Coca-Cola: bottle with at least 30% plant-based material
– Frito Lay’s Sun Chips: compostable bag
– Snyder’s of Hanover: renewable bag
– Whole Foods: fiber-based biodegradable to-go containers
– P&G (Pantene, Max Factor & Cover Girl): sugar cane-based polyethylene
– Dell: bamboo packaging
– Crate&Barrel: 100% recyclable Geämi™ packaging
– Macy’s: 100% biodegradable packaging materials for online shipments
A lot of progress has been made in the world of packaging, but pressures are increasing with consumer demands, LCAs, Walmart’s Packaging Scorecard and supplier sustainability codes, and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) indices associated with responsible packaging. Despite the great debate, all of these different eco-friendly packaging materials left us thinking that in theory, they’re only as responsible as the consumers using them (and hopefully, properly disposing of them). The race is on for the most innovative packaging. As consumers, we all have the opportunity to act responsibly and reduce what we throw into the “Landfill” bin.
Statement from the most senior decision-maker of the organization about relevance of sustainability to the organization and the organization’s strategy for addressing sustainability
Name of the organization
Primary brands, products, and services
Location of organization’s headquarters
Number of countries where the organization operates, and names of countries with significant operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability topics covered in the report
Nature of ownership and legal form
Scale of the reporting organization
Total workforce by employment type, employment contract, and region, broken down by gender
Percentage of total employees covered by collective bargaining agreements
Description of the organization’s supply chain
Significant changes during the reporting period regarding organization's size, structure, ownership, or supply chain
Whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization
Externally developed economic, environmental, and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organization subscribes or endorses
Memberships in associations and/or national/international advocacy organizations
Entities included in the organization consolidated financial and nonfinancial reports
Process for defining report content
Material aspects identified in the process for defining report content
For each material aspect, the aspect boundary within the organization
For each material aspect, the aspect boundary outside the organization
Explanation of the effect of and reasons for any restatements of information provided in earlier reports
Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope and aspect boundaries
List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organization
The basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage
The organization’s approach to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder group, and an indication of whether any of the engagement was undertaken specifically as part of the report preparation process
Key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement, and how the organization has responded to those key topics and concerns, including through its reporting. Report the stakeholder groups that raised each of the key topics and concerns
Date of most recent previous report
Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents
‘In accordance’ option and GRI Content Index
Policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report
Governance structure of organization, including committees of the highest governance body
The organization’s values, principles, standards, and norms of behavior such as codes of conduct and codes of ethics
Disclosure on Management Approach for Aspect
Coverage of the organization’s defined benefit plan obligations.
Financial assistance received from government.
Significant indirect economic impacts, including the extent of impacts.
Total number and rates of new employee hires and employee turnover by age group, gender and region.
Average hours of training per year per employee, by gender and by employee category.
Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews, by gender and by employee category.