The Time Has Come for Plastic Waste to Become a Resource as Compost!
TIPA’s CEO and Co-founder, Daphna Nissenbaum: “After years of repression and cumbersome behavior, a few key events have recently gathered regarding the plastic waste challenge. These dramatic events have created a new renaissance era for the natural recycling solution – Composting”.
“At the beginning of 2017, France implemented a new law aimed at eliminating plastic packaging in the coming years. At the end of 2017, China announced that it would not accept more plastic waste from the West, which was followed immediately by Theresa May assigning the UK government to develop policies for improved recycling and plastic-free aisles. Recently, Canada has also announced a plastic-free program that will be implemented in the coming years.
What was once acclaimed for its impossible, yet possible characteristics as a packaging solution has now seen a dramatic turnaround in worldview popularity. 80-120 billion dollars annually is lost to the economy via conventional plastic packaging, especially single-use plastic, which makes up 95% of plastic packaging material. With recent light on the conventional plastic-free challenge, and 800 billion metric tons of waste literally piling up in the waste stream, companies like PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company, and Unilever are few of the 11 top companies who have pledged, via the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, to ‘use 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging by 2025 at the latest’.
For rigid plastic packaging, the majority are a viable option for recycling. However, recycling in the category of flexible packaging – which takes up over 75% in the food industry – is impossible, leaving only 5% actually recycled after end-of-use. On the other hand, flexible packaging is the 2nd largest sector in plastic packaging next to rigid. And solutions like flexible, bio-based plastics do not solve the packaging end-of-life solution, as the growing sector of bio-plastics is non-biodegradable, according to European Bioplastics.
Therefore, the most viable solution for flexible packaging comes down to a full cycle, organic recycling solution. If packaging waste can integrate into the organic waste system and be utilized as compost (fertilizer) for the proceeding generation of plants, the waste has a circular, more practical and even ‘down-to-earth’ purpose for the market. TIPA aims to implement such a method into the mainstream market.
Overall, there are more than a few solutions standing in front of us at the moment. Challenges with current infrastructure have yet to align with viably optimal solutions ready for a change. The time is now to implement a circular economy that can provide a means to an end via the organic waste stream, with packaging as a valuable supplement.
TIPA aims to change the future of plastic. To change the way, we inherently think and treat packaging – packages will no longer be treated as plastic but as organic material.”
– Daphna Nissenbaum, CEO and Co-Founder of TIPA