Why This Eco-Friendly Packaging is Important 20 Nov 2023

Our Guide to TetraPak Packaging: Why This Eco-Friendly Packaging is So Important

From the packaging that contains our lunch to the bottles we drink water from, plastic is everywhere. While plastic has its benefits – it’s clean, easy to make, and not corrosion-resistant – its overuse has serious consequences for the planet. Consider the fact that 8 million pieces of plastic make their way into the ocean every single day.

In fact, so much plastic is found in our seas that 1 in 3 fish caught for human consumption contains plastic. That means the next time you’re tucking into your fish and chips, you might be tucking into plastic, too. So how can we wean ourselves off our reliance on plastic, and what are the alternatives? TetraPak has been touted as a possible solution to our overuse of plastic.

Let’s explore the benefits of this alternative and why reducing plastic intake is so important in the first place.

Why is Eco-Friendly Packaging Important?

With the climate crisis well underway, we should all be doing our part by making sustainable swaps that will positively impact the planet. One of the easiest changes to make to keep the planet happy is swapping out plastic packaging for eco-friendly alternatives. Here’s why it’s so important.

Reduce waste
When things can’t be reused or recycled, they go to landfill. While many people imagine that materials simply degrade and break down in landfills, the truth isn’t quite as appealing. In reality, some materials like plastics won’t properly break down for centuries. Not only does this mean that the plastic will sit in landfills, polluting the space, but it also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. When other items trapped underneath plastic can’t ‘breathe’, they release methane, which actually has around 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide. By cutting down on how many items we throw into the rubbish, we can reduce waste and its harmful effects.

Reduce carbon emissions
Throughout their lifespan, plastics emit a whopping 3.4% of our overall carbon footprint. When you consider that aviation accounts only for around 2.5% of global emissions, this really puts the impact of plastic into perspective. By opting for alternatives to plastic, such as TetraPak or glass, we can reduce the key culprit behind our warming world – carbon emissions.

Protect our oceans
We’ve all seen the images of turtles innocently bobbing away, surrounded by plastic bottles, packaging, and wrappers. Unfortunately, a significant amount of the plastic we produce every year ends up in the oceans, where it does untold damage. As well as being harmful to fish and mammal populations that live in the water, plastic can actually end up in our bodies, too! Around one in every three fish caught for human consumption contains plastic, which we then consume every time we eat this fish. Protecting our oceans means a commitment to phasing out our use of plastics and opting for eco-friendly alternatives.

Inspire others
Climate action only works when everybody does their part. While businesses and governments must play a significant part in tackling global warming, we can all make small tweaks to work together for a better planet. Sustainable swaps don’t have to be huge if you don’t have the budget for them – while going vegan is great, it’s not accessible to everyone, so reducing plastic intake can be a great place to start.
One of the best ways to inspire family, friends, and colleagues is to take action yourself. By carrying around sustainable materials such as reusable plastic bottles or eco-friendly accessories, you can spark a conversation and give your loved ones tips on how they, too, can take climate action.

What is TetraPak?

TetraPak is a type of carton packaging that boasts not only recyclability but also a lower carbon footprint than plastic bottles, glasses, or cans. Less resources are required to produce TetraPak, so it’s perfect for those seeking a sustainable alternative. Plus, many TetraPak products are made with materials that have been recycled in the first place, helping to contribute to a circular economy.

Made out of plants, the packaging is also free from many of the chemicals and materials that are key culprits of pollution. If you’re keen for your hydration to have as little impact on the environment as possible, TetraPak should be your packaging of choice. Thanks to its lightweight material, TetraPak water cartons are much easier to take on the go, whether that’s to the office, to school, or to your next sports session. Once you’re done, you can simply drop the carton into your nearest recycling bin. It’s all the hydration without any of the guilt.

Naturally Alkaline Glacier Water Made Guilt-Free

The next time you’re about to reach for the plastic bottle, consider the alternatives instead. Here at Avalís Glacier Water, you can find our delicious still glacier water in TetraPak, the environmental alternative to water in plastic bottles.

The sugar cane cap is tethered, making it litter-free, while the plant-based carton packaging is 100% recyclable. With this lightweight packaging, you can hydrate on-the-go without damaging the environment.

Our 330ml size is perfect for your kid’s lunchbox or a quick hydrate update on the go, while our largest size of 500ml is ideal for rehydrating during sports sessions or taking with you to work. With its uniquely high alkaline content, Avalis Glacier Water delivers an exceptional mineral profile you won’t find anywhere else.

Explore our TetraPak options here and hydrate without harming the planet.