Nowadays, environmental protection campaigns have always been of remarkable interest in the world: Earth Hour Campaign, or Make the world cleaner, Human plastic, etc with the desire to reduce environmental pollution as well as live in harmony with nature. It is for that reason that most of the above campaigns have attracted a large amount of participation from citizens around the world impact to the consciousness of protecting the surrounding environment and forming new ideas such as a Bowl of spoons from barley, straws of reed grass… The special thing is One of those initiatives that is gradually becoming a global trend and is loved by everyone that we should mention is green packaging.

1. So why is green packaging gradually becoming a global trend?

Because plastic bags are familiar, cheap price and easy to use. However, it causes serious harm to the environment and human health. Therefore, many packaging manufacturers have turned to green packaging products for the following reasons:

The materials of green packaging are completely natural such as paper bags, banana leaves, etc., so they can be easily decomposed in a short time as well as not harmful to the environment and human health. In addition, they also have the function of packaging, preserving food, taking away to serve consumers. Therefore, they can replace plastic bags and plastic packaging as well as contribute to solving the situation of microplastic waste in Vietnam.

In addition, the variety of designs and sizes of green packaging increasingly solve the needs of the majority of consumers. Moreover, green packaging using is also a form of showing our responsibility towards the environment.

2. So how do countries around the world respond to the green packaging movement?

There have been many bans or charges money on the use and supply of plastic bags in the world such as UK (2015), Mexico (2010), Australia (2008), France (2002)… and we can see some of the effects that this solution brings as follows:

In the US: San Francisco is the first city to ban plastic bag use at large stores, it has saved 1.7 million liters of oil and reduced 1,400 tons of plastic waste into the environment. Therefore, the shop owners have used biodegradable bags made from corn by-products to replace single-use plastic bags. Recently, Los Angeles city has also begun to apply similar measures.

In South Africa: The government has banned plastic bags use since May 2003. As a result, retailers who sell these bags to customers will face a fine of 10,000 rands ($13,800) or 10 years in prison. Therefore, customers have to bring their bags when they go shopping or buy thick bags to recycle and save money.

In Asia, the ban on plastic bags has been applied by China since mid-2008 and until now, measures have continued to increase to support the ban. However, there have been positive signs from this ban when it has reduced 24 trillion plastic bags each year.

3. Businesses have taken action on the environment

The Coffee House: has launched product sets such as pots, porcelain cups, stainless steel straws, cloth straps along with other benefits when customers buy drinks in the form of take away and stored it in the product of The Coffee House. This has also encouraged customers to practice environmental protection habits, limit the amount of plastic packaging used for each product.

Coca-Cola has also made new changes when converting Spire packaging from a typical green plastic bottle to a transparent PET bottle, to protect the environment. Because PET plastic bottles are recyclable and bring higher values ​​than the recycling industry.

Moreover, BioFix is ​​also one of the companies taking steps to take part in social and community responsibilities when replacing plastic packaging with glass packaging for 350ml products. Through this campaign, BioFix hopes to raise consumer awareness and promote product recycling.

In general, we can see that each country, each business has different methods to reduce plastic waste or plastic bags in the world. But everyone’s destination is the same, they all want to live in harmony with nature and reduce environmental pollution.