An image showing plastic bags and rubbish which is one of the main environmental issues caused by non recyclables

Throw Away Culture: The Environmental Issues

Here at Fast Pak packaging, we are passionate when it comes to helping the environment and doing our bit to ensure we encourage recycling. It’s no secret that our planet is experiencing a number of environmental issues including pollution, reduced natural resources, deforestation, increased carbon emissions and habitat loss – to name a few. Our Earth is experiencing a crisis, and it’s our job to help it as much as we can in order to continue to survive here. Recycling is the easiest way to stop our waste ending up in landfill, on our beaches and in our oceans, resulting in the destruction of natural habitats.

With our ever-increasing demand for materials such as cardboard and plastic, landfill usage is increasing and space is becoming limited. With the increase in rubbish, landfill companies will need to find even more untouched land to dig up and fill with rubbish. Incineration plants can effectively burn away infinite amounts of rubbish, however, it creates its own environmental issues by doing so, by emitting harmful chemicals into our air.

It’s easy to think ‘out of sight, out of mind’, as we never really see the real impacts of our waste on the environment. However, we’ve put together just a few of the environmental issues caused by the lack of recycling and the convenience of single-use products.

Deforestation

In order to create paper and cardboard, trees need to be used, meaning more forests need to be taken down in order to meet demand. Of course, this isn’t the only cause of deforestation. Agriculture and palm oil are the main cause of deforestation across the globe. It’s estimated that one and a half acres of forest are destroyed every second and if the current rate continues, all of our rainforests will be gone in less than 100 years.

This is why Fast Pak sources its corrugated packaging from businesses with strong sustainable policies as it helps us to reduce a number of environmental issues we currently experience. We use board as our main manufacturing product which has already been recycled and is 100% recyclable, biodegradable, compostable and is sourced from sustainably managed rainforests. All cardboard used is accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council, which means you can use our products with the knowledge that it will not have any harmful impact on our rainforests.

An image showing a forest and some logs to the front that have been cut down due to deforestation

Pollution

There are many ways in which we pollute the Earth, but unfortunately, it’s impossible not to. Whether it be buying water bottles, using styrofoam cups, making trips to the tip, wasting paper or even using a straw – each act of using a material will lead to the pollution of the Earth. Which is why it’s important to recycle as much as possible and make small lifestyle changes which will help to resolve many environmental issues. Such as using your own plastic bags at the supermarket, not using straws, buying toiletries without microbeads, buying package products made from recycled materials and reusing a water bottle. If you possible, plant a tree or two in your garden and sign effective petitions by environmental bodies to put pressures on the manufacturing industry.

An image showing harmful chemicals leaving a factory chimney

Natural Habitats

Our wasted materials cause detrimental damage to our natural wildlife and their habitats. Forests are cut down destroying homes, oceans are filled with plastic and the air is pumped with toxic chemicals and smoke. These are just a few of the major environmental issues that need addressing. Not reusing and recycling is affecting habitats at an alarming rate, as we are not replacing trees at the same speed of cutting them down and oil is spilling into our oceans from oil rigs. Oil is also considered a nonrenewable resource as it takes 25 years for the Earth to create oil from fossils, and the fossilisation process takes even longer. It’s important to renew and reuse our current resources to cut down on finding new ones.

Landfill

Landfill is another one of the major environmental issues that are rapidly increasing. The majority of rubbish and appliances we throw away that aren’t recycled end up in landfill. This requires us to find additional space to fill with non-reusable waste. A number of products we waste such as batteries, microwaves, styrofoam cups and cleaning supplies pollutes the soil from the harmful chemicals leaking into the ground. Although this does not cause harm to us from being in direct contact, this pollutes the soil once broken down which then causes us harm. There are a small number of ways to help reduce landfill such as recycling as much cardboard and paper as you can, amongst other materials such as plastic and glass. Try to fix broken appliances rather than simply replacing them with new ones, and if possible try to recycle them.

If you’re concerned about environmental issues, then be rest assured that you can use our packaging knowing you won’t cause any damage to the earth’s rainforests. For more information on our recycling policies then visit our recycling page for full details.