What are the benefits of a circular economy?
Have you experienced any supply chain issues lately? From fresh produce to consumer-packaged goods, we are currently feeling the strain of living in a linear economy. Companies are relying on sourcing specific materials that are often coming from only one, singular location. These goods are being designed, developed, and shipped with the expectation that they will be used only once and will ultimately end up in a landfill after briefly serving their intended purpose. If 2021 has taught us anything it is that this type of linear economy will not be a sustainable or profitable way to move forward.
What if making small improvements to your packaging could lead to a multitude of benefits for your brand and bottom line? Recently, Shell Polymers published an eBook that discusses that very idea and brings up 3 actionable takeaways that we felt were worth elevating.
Scan your M&Ms to download a Spotify playlist. Scan the tabletop at your favorite restaurant to see the dinner menu for the evening. Scan a code on the side of your sweet onion bag to be taken to a website for a special giveaway or sweepstakes.
While widely used in agriculture, particularly for bulk onions and citrus, Leno mesh bags are also a highly utilized solution for items such as firewood, peanuts and shellfish. In a completely different context, they have become popular for use in community cleanup programs as a light-weight and recyclable way to gather trash and debris from parks and roadsides.
The Recycling Partnership, an action agent transforming the recycling system and activating
a circular economy for packaging, recently released a 2021 report titled Paying It Forward: How Investment in Recycling Will Pay Dividends.