Espousing Consumerism Packaging Products Detrimental to the Environment, Emerging Economies Need to Adopt Sustainable Solutions for Changing Lifestyle


Published Date : Jan 15, 2016

To safeguard our environment from deterioration is the mantra of the times by all means. ‘Go green’ at all levels of human activity is what is advocated by environmentalists and all who are dedicatedly involved for the cause. Human activities that are not environmentally sustainable are one of the largest contributors for the deterioration of our environment. The reckless use of plastic packaging is one of the main culprits for this. 

Across the world, increasing health awareness of consumers is bringing a shift towards bio-based packaging products. Paperboard, straw etc., derived from biological materials are sustainable from an environmental consideration and are safe from a health perspective. For instance, liquid foods if packed in plastic packaging leaches with the plastic to release toxins that can have serious health implications. Moreover, if this packaging if it is not disposed properly for recycling can mix into the ecosystem to cause damage to the same.

The packaging of content has a different implication for consumers and manufacturers. While for consumers it refers to comfort and safety convenience, for manufacturers it represents profit and survival. In most of the packaging products, the toxic materials that are used have already caused a massive destruction to the environment. 

Nevertheless, what can be conserved now is the question that seeks a solution. Green packaging for food, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and other needs is what will be sustainable in the long-run. In developed countries, large-scale initiatives for the adoption of green packaging solutions has been a reason for green packaging to be mainstream, which is further supported by infrastructural facilities and funds for the development of these packaging solutions.

The recently earned economic development in developing economies has emerged as a big threat to the environment. Consumerism, easy availability of resources, use of convenience products are some of the new practices that are coming to the fore in these nations. Ready-to-eat meals, placing mail orders for home wares etc. are some of the newer trends in the emerging economies. Busy lifestyles, insufficient time for domestic work, and demanding jobs are some of the reasons, wherein convenient packaged ready-to-eat food, frozen food, and processed food befits the lifestyle.