And with the news filled with reports of birds’ stomachs packed full of with-us-forever plastics and a Texas-sized garbage gyre choking the Pacific (actually it turns out there are 5 such state-sized patches of ocean filled with our trash), it seems like the time to find better packaging solutions was yesterday. Or maybe around the same time Dustin Hoffman’s character in The Graduate was told the future was in plastics. Unfortunately for us – and our environment – it was.
While it’s great to make cool stuff from discarded water bottles, we need better packaging solutions, and we need them now. Something more than using coconut shells for candle-holders or cute bowls for sorbet.
Look for these innovative and almost-as-smart as nature packaging solutions coming up in this space. Because we need to put our stuff in better stuff.
Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick and author of The Eco-Chick Guide to Life (St. Martin’s Press). A green living expert, she contributes to The Huffington Post and Mother Nature Network (MNN.com)