We will never use plastic and will ship all of our products in biodegradable material.
What is the issue?
Plastic is a general term used for any synthetic material made from polymers.
It is also everywhere. This should come as no surprise, humanity produces roughly one million tons of it a day.
Half of this is designed for single use. But why is this an issue? For a start: Plastic takes an incredible amount of time to decompose. A fishing-line alone takes up to 600 years. After several decades of producing plastic at aceelrating rates, we are running out of space to house it.
Eight million tons of this ends up in the ocean in a single year. Marine life. When consume it releases toxins, either killing the creatures or lying dormant within their bodies. Factors such as tides cause it to break down and become microplastic. Microplastic are small, invisible fragments of plastic that, due to its longevity, builds up in the bodies of whatever consumes it.
As this plastic moves up the food chain, it becomes more concentrated, which may have an adverse impact on human health. Exposure to these chemicals have been suggested to be a contributing factor to some cancers, infertility, in addition to immune, metabolic, cognitive and behavioural disorders.
So why use it?
It is much cheaper, lighter and consequently easier to ship than heavier materials, such as glass or wood. This makes it incredibly attractive as a means to maximise profits. Due to it also being incredibly versatile, plastic is ubquitously used in almost every industry, from construction to photography.
These benefits are, however outweighed by a flood of studies showing plastic as a threat to organic life itself. The chemical Bisphenol A (BPA), used in food containers and bottles, is a hormone-disrupting chemical. To quote the National Health Service:
“BPA may mimic hormones and interfere with the endocrine system of glands, which release hormones around the body. Some scientists think that if it interferes with sex hormones, this could affect puberty or the menopause or cause cancers that are related to hormones.”
This study found that even plastics marked as ‘BPA free’ leach osteogenic chemical when under ‘everyday use’.
What do we do with this infomation?
Knowing all of this, we believe it is simply immoral to take the easy route and use plastic.
Aryan Produce will never contribute to this issue as we fundamentally disagree with the usage of plastic. All of our goods are and will remain future-friendly, including the materials we package them in.
We will continue to set the bar high and produce goods that do not compromise quality for ethics.
We believe in a world that is built to last, and we encorage all of our customers to reuse our packaging for their own
purposes. (Including using the recycled paper for soil and the glass jars for growing plants)
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