Dutch Supermarket Chain Offering Biodegradable Packaging

ahein.jpgDutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn has announced that all organic produce will be wrapped in biodegradable packaging not derived from petroleum. It might not be as significant as Safeway or Wal-Mart, but the change still represents a fairly major commitment from a fairly major chain.
Personally, I still wonder why people insist on a large disposable bag or any kind for everything they get in the produce section, and it’s unlikely that people’s behavior will change much unless government policies like bag-taxes come into effect. But that’s just my two cents.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

4 responses

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  2. We currently use a lot of PLA plastic in our packaging and have really liked it. We are excited to see that the developments in biodegradable and earth friendly plastics and other packaging is improving.

  3. This type of packaging is designed to be environmentally friendly and is usually manufactured from ‘Bioplastics’ these are essentially a form of plastic derived from sources such as corn starch, soy bean oil and hemp oil, where as your everyday plastic is derived from petroleum. Bioplastics are regarded as a more sustainable activity, they do not rely as heavily on fossil fuel imports like traditional plastic does and produce far less greenhouse emissions.

  4. Interest in biodegradable disposable plastic items has steadily grown over the last decade. Disposable packaging materials used to ship and protect purchased items as well as disposable containers used for food and drink are of special interest. The idea that one time use items can be disposed of with the peace of mind, that they will not remain for centuries in a landfill, or as litter, is one of the tenets driving the recent interest in “green” technologies and lifestyles. With packaging materials, the reduction in usage of raw materials, re-use and recycling is of course the best route to sustainable lifestyle. However, for various reasons, in practice, much of the material ends up being discarded to a landfill or accidentally shows up as litter. For these instances, it is advantageous to have a plastic material that would biodegrade when exposed to environments where other biodegradable materials are undergoing decay.

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