Getting a package these days is really exciting. How often do you actually receive physical mail these days?! It feels like Christmas morning when you get home and open the goodies you have been waiting for. With that idea in mind, many companies have designed some visually appealing packaging to help make opening your box even more magical. However, the downside is that many of those boxes are not always made with sustainability in mind and are often manufactured in a building that may contain hazardous material, emit harmful waste, and use energy inefficiently.
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One of the negative results of modern industrialism is its adverse effect on our environment. According to Time Magazine, 15 billion trees are cut down each year. There are approximately 5.25 trillion pieces of trash in the ocean. Scientists predict that if we do not decrease greenhouse gas emissions the majority of the Arctic basin will be ice-free by September 2040. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and heavy metals in the ink that are used on these packaging boxes can lead to soil and even water pollution when left in landfills. If we can change a small component in our shipping process by using recycled materials and environmentally friendly ink, we can join the effort in reversing the cycle of pollution!
From the beginning, we at Change Co. wanted every process to give back and be sustainable, including the box. We believe that everything should have a purpose and purpose should always be the main priority: Purpose > Pretty. Our packaging serves its purpose by carrying and protecting your life-changing products. We chose to work with a company, Ecoenclose, that only sells sustainable and 100% recycled packaging materials. The ink that they use is soy-based and biodegradable. Our box may look simple, but there is beauty in simplicity. We are passionate about creating a better world and Ecoenclose helps us do that!