Circular economy: no landfill required
In nature, there is no waste so naturally there is no landfill. In other words, materials flow in circles, one species waste is another species food. Things grow, die and return to the soil. Then the cycle begins again and is circular.
We humans however, live in a much linear “mode”. In fact, the dominant economy is linear as “we take, we make and we dispose”.
A circular approach to economy challenges us to incorporate the living world cyclical model where resources are kept in use for as long as possible and then retaken and regenerated at the end of their service life.
Research suggests 80% of the damage done to the environment from waste products could be avoided if more thoughtful decisions about their design, choice of materials and chemicals used, distribution and sales process were made at the production stage.
That’s why, at PALLITE®, we design all our products with end-of-life considerations in mind.
We do this for a simple reason: we care about the world we live in. As a business founded in 2008 with the sole aim of providing businesses with environmentally-friendly logistics and packaging solutions, we are committed to the circular economy, to keeping products and materials in use for as long as possible and designing waste out of the system.
There can be no doubt that this is the only way forward for a protective packaging industry that is currently heavily reliant on single-use plastics like expanded polystyrene (EPS) and polyethylene (PE) foam – products polluting our oceans, destroying habitats and eco-systems and killing wildlife.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimates around eight million tonnes of plastic leak into the ocean each year – the equivalent of dumping a full lorryload every minute.