In recent years, the use of plastic in food packaging has come under scrutiny due to the adverse effects it has on both consumers and the environment. In a recent study by the ACS, microplastics have been found to leach into food and beverages, regardless of temperature, with heat exacerbating the issue. These microplastics pose a growing concern as they can potentially harm human health. Recent research has shed light on the toxic consequences of microplastic pollution on various levels, from cellular to ecological. Notably, experimental studies have uncovered a multitude of adverse impacts, including oxidative stress, DNA damage, organ dysfunction, metabolic disorders, immune responses, neurotoxicity, and reproductive and developmental toxicity. Emerging epidemiological evidence suggests a potential correlation between microplastics exposure and the onset of chronic diseases. While there is still much to learn on the subject, the catastrophic environmental effects of plastic pollution are well-documented, with plastics persisting in landfills and oceans for centuries.
To combat these issues, compostable packaging like the eco-friendly pouches we offer, presents a compelling solution. Compostable pouches, crafted from natural materials like cornstarch are designed to break down into natural components, reducing the risk of microplastic release. The safety of food and beverages in compostable packaging primarily is based on the absence of synthetic plastics and the intentional design of these materials to break down without harmful residues.
Traditional plastics, with their virtually infinite shelf life, perpetuate the release of microplastics into the environment over extended periods. These microplastics, harmful to ecosystems and wildlife, persist long after the primary product has been consumed. In contrast, compostable materials, designed with a shelf life of 9-12 months, promote natural decomposition when properly managed. This not only makes them more environmentally friendly but also ensures that they don't leave behind a legacy of microplastics that can continue to leach into the ecosystem. The choice between traditional plastics and compostable materials isn't merely a matter of product preservation but a commitment to a sustainable future that prioritizes the health of the planet and its inhabitants.