December 2, 2020 | Marcos Stubrin
How to ditch single-use packaging
Have you ever realized how many times a week you throw single-use packaging in the trash? Coffee pods, paper cups, cans, plastic bottles, and so on. At least once a week I ask myself: Do we really need them? All of the times? Being aware of the damage it causes ought to be the very first step
Brands from the past
Nespresso and Keurig, the queen and the king of coffee pods innovation, are the perfect examples. They can boast of their commercial flourished success constituting 34% of the entire coffee sales (Euromonitor, 2014). However:
In 2017 “the price of convenience”, which ended up with 44% of Nespresso Pods into the landfills. Every coffee pod you enjoy takes from 150 to 500 years to breakdown.
Every time Keurig writes the word recyclable on their page there is an asterisk next to it that leads to the phrase “Please check locally. Not recycled in all communities.”
Is that convenience worth the damage?
Lots of brands have demonstrated an accurate alignment to sustainable values. I like to call them pretty cool brands. These companies neutralize their greenhouse gas emissions by purchasing carbon credits and, they usually have a triple impact on business models: Social, Environmental, and Commercial. I bet a lot of them want to make an impact in the world. But wait, are they still using single-use packaging?
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Shaping our economy in a sustainable way is everyone’s duty.
Hopefully, the brands from the past start walking what they talk. Offset brands with values are necessary but not enough to bring tangible market solutions for the magnitude of the problems we are eventually facing. It’s time to support today’s brands. Time to start making more room for green innovations. Time to zoom out, look back, and create outside the box for a better future.