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Americans have grown accustomed to the steady march of new technology. Many challenges that face our country seem to be solved using new ways of thinking. Can technology resolve the problem of trash?
The average American produces nearly 130 pounds of trash a month. A recent article in the magazine “Nature,” asks people to consider that global solid-waste generation will triple by 2100, to 11 million tons a day.
In the packaging world, we are constantly struggling with companies marketing their products as biodegradable, compostable, or recyclable. The term “green-washing” has been coined to describe companies that mislead consumers by overselling the environmental benefits of their products.
At Bridge-Gate, we sought out the official authorities on certifying eco-friendly packaging: Cedar Grove Composting and the Biodegradable Products Institute. We have received their approval and proudly display their labels when marketing our products.
Last year Americans generated over 250 million tons of trash. Most of this goes to landfills with only 32% recycled. This is nearly five pounds per person per day and less than 1.5 pounds recycled. Here are some other trash facts:
- Since 1960, America has tripled the amount of waste generated
- EVERY DAY, the U.S. throws away enough trash to fill 63,000 garbage trucks
- Almost 1/3rd of waste generated in the U.S. is packaging
- Each year, Americans toss out enough disposable utensils and cups to circle the equator 300 times