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Why Sustainable Packaging Is Important

Updated: Jun 4, 2022

Why should sustainable packaging be important to both consumers and businesses? What are the long-term ramifications of using non-sustainable packaging? And what is considered to be the most sustainable option when it comes to packaging? We are going to answer all of these questions and more.

Sustainable packaging is, by definition, an eco-friendly, compostable, recyclable, and/or re-usable means of sealing a product for transportation purposes. And while there are numerous packaging options which fall under those categories, there is really only one which outperforms all the rest when it comes to sealing food... But we will get to that shortly.

So, why should sustainable packaging be important to both consumers and businesses alike? The reason we should care about it as both consumers and businesses, is because we all have a vested interest in doing so. I'm sure we can all agree that we want to continue living healthy and happy lives, and a way to ensure that for ourselves and for the generations to come, is to help protect the vitality of our environment. Sustainable packaging and plastic are not compatible. Roughly 14.5 million tons of plastic packaging is used every year for both food and general product packaging, a fair portion of which finds its way into our oceans, which of course creates a ripple effect leading into our drinking water, soil, and wildlife. Clearly, plastic is not a viable option when it comes to promoting life on our planet.

It is as important for businesses to focus on implementing environmentally friendly packaging over profit margins, as it is for consumers to research and support companies that do so. Because, after all, it’s the longevity of healthy life here on this planet which should take precedence above all else, shouldn’t it? We sure think so.

Now, while there are a great number of viable options in the realm of sustainable packaging, throughout all of our research, we couldn’t help but settle on one and one alone… glass! Glass is regarded as the most eco-friendly container there is. It is the most commonly re-used packaging due to its superior durability, and is infinitely recyclable, as it never declines in quality. From its manufacturing process to its longevity, recyclability, and wide ranges of use, glass truly has no contenders in the market of sustainability. Did you know that glass is the only FDA-approved packaging material for long-term food storage? Not to mention, there are no other sustainable products on the market which can guarantee the freshness of a food or beverage product quite the way that glass can. The only drawback being that costs are typically higher for glass products than the other competing sustainable and non-sustainable packaging methods. However, we like to think of it as an investment in the well-being of the world and all of its wonderful in habitants. Because, once again, that is what truly matters.

Vancouver Island's Own | VIO | Trail Mix | Granola | Victoria BC | Vancouver Island | Vegan | Organic | Gourmet | Chocolate Clusters | Nuts | Seeds | Freeze Dried Fruit

At Vancouver Island’s Own, we strive to create and share our amazing, delectable granolas and trail mixes in a sustainable way. All of our products are packaged in glass containers with metal lids. Not only are they entirely reusable and recyclable, but we also offer a take-back program for our jars. For every VIO jar you bring back to us in clean and undamaged condition with the label removed, you will receive a discount off your next purchase of any granola/trail mix product.

We provide free delivery on all purchases over $50 within the Greater Victoria area. Please note that to reduce our overall carbon footprint, we do not ship our products. You can find us at the Moss Street Market in the Fairfield neighbourhood of Victoria, BC from early May until the end of October. Feel free to stop by and chat, we always love meeting our customers!

Vancouver Island's Own | VIO | Trail Mix | Granola | Victoria BC | Vancouver Island | Vegan | Organic | Gourmet | Chocolate Clusters | Nuts | Seeds | Freeze Dried Fruit

Vancouver Island’s Own is a small batch, family-owned and operated, granola and trail mix company based out of Victoria, BC. We believe in encouraging others to explore and connect with the environment in order to ensure all of our collective well-being.


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