There is a lot of plastic in the world, with 31.9 million metric tons of plastic waste being improperly disposed of globally. Luckily, green packaging is making an indent in our society, but until it’s fully implemented, it is important to do the most we can, at both a manufacturer and consumer level, to reduce our environmental impact. Here are some ways any manufacturer that deals with plastic can do just that.Think of the lifespan of your plastic productIn order to be as environmentally friendly as possible, it is important to think of the lifespan of the items you are producing. This is so everyone, including Mother Nature, can get as much out of the products as possible. Think of it this way, if you produce plastic straws, they have a consumer lifespan of about an hour, but they will last for over 100 years in the landfill. For the best output, try and get the lifespan for both consumer and environmental factors to be as close as possible, such as five years with the consumer and 10 years to break down and erode.Make sure your facility is eco-friendly as wellYou are without a doubt dealing with a lot of plastic supplies, but that doesn’t mean you necessarily have to utilize plastic in everything you do! Make sure to invest in reusable supplies and incorporate recyclable packaging in whatever ways you can.Develop and promote a unique retail packaging productConsider this — the 2016 West Rock Consumer Insights Study revealed that 66% of consumers have tried a new product because the packaging caught their eye. Plus, if you are able to create something new that is different than anything in the industry, your clientele will hold onto it longer! For example, consider our reusable clamshells. Our thermoformed clamshells come in plenty of customizable packaging solutions/options for anything under the rainbow — from bullets to sunglasses and camping supplies.Click it Clam’s reusable clamshell packaging is the only one of its kind in the plastic industry and provides a great green alternative to single-use packaging products. If you are interested in learning more about our specific type of clamshell and how it stands out among the crowd, please contact us today.