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EMOTION OFFICE AND SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING

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EMOTION OFFICE AND SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING

So everyone is talking about our carbon footprint, sustainable packaging, recycling and lots more but what does it all mean...and where does Emotion Office fit into it all?

SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING

Sustainable packaging is really an umbrella term for a few different areas in packaging, this is made up of its carbon footprint, its renewability, its biodegradability and how it can be recycled.  Lets look at a few of those areas....

CARBON FOOTPRINT

The carbon footprint of a product is how much carbon dioxide (or greenhouse gas) is released into the atmosphere during its production.

A lot of plastic is traditionally used in packaging, the carbon footprint in producing plastic is 3.8% of global emissions which is more than double that of the entire aviation industry.

Paper makes up for around 1.3% of global emissions, some would argue the carbon footprint of paper is actually more than that of plastic due to its weight and transportation costs. However cardboard manufacturing uses a high percentage of recycled materials and often powered by renewable energy, so on balance the carbon footprint is lower.

But we must remember the carbon footprint is just one part of the story...

RENEWABILITY

A renewable energy source is one that can be replenished, or is sustainable, often referred to as clean energy.

Plastic is made from crude oil which is a fossil fuel and therefore it is not considered a renewable energy source. Many alternatives are being developed which use renewable sources such as vegetable oil and tree-based rubber to name a couple of examples. However these alternatives present many challenges in cost, strength and transportation.

Paper and Card packaging obviously comes from trees, so this is considered a renewable source. Wood is grown in sustainable, managed forests preventing deforestation. In addition paper and card is often produced entirely from recycled materials.

BIODEGRADABILITY

This is the ability of a product to breakdown, or disintegrate.

Plastic does not biodegrade and in landfills can take up to 500 years to decompose. Plastic that is not disposed of responsibly ends up in our waterways and oceans.  One company in Holland makes furniture purely from plastic bottles collected from their waterways, but there are few companies so ingenious...

Paper and Card have a clear advantage over plastic in this area, although they do produce some greenhouse gases when decomposing. However it decomposes very fast compared to plastic and in the right conditions can completely break down in approximately 2 months.

RECYCLABILITY

This is the ability of waste materials to separated and reused.

The majority of plastic is not recycled in a responsible way, National Geographic states that of all the plastic created 91% has never been recycled. Due to its inability to break down it mainly ends up in landfills or is burnt in an incinerator which released harmful toxins.

Paper and card recycling on the other hand is common place and local councils facilitate this. Recycling 1 ton of cardboard requires around 25% less energy than making it from new materials, and up to 50% less water.

HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO EMOTION OFFICE

Emotion Office are an online company selling height adjustable desks , ergonomic seating and ergonomic accessories

We are proud to launch our new Eco Desk Packaging, using less than 0.5% plastic and ensuring the card is from sustainable sources, responsibly playing our part in helping to save our planet.

Our wide range of sit stand desking not only has physical benefits but you can customize your own desk aesthetically with 5 different frame options, 18 desk top finishes and 7 desk top sizes!

Plus you can order your desk in the knowledge it will be delivered in eco-friendly packaging.....


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