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Wholesale packaging is one of the most important aspects of a business, and with an increase in demand for sustainable packaging, brands are becoming more eco-friendly. Biodegradable tubes in bulk are the solution to the question of how to package your product in the most earth-conscious way possible - and attract sustainably-minded consumers along the way.
The term biodegradable is a buzzword that many people have heard but might not be too familiar with. We are here to help you have a clearer idea of biodegradable tubes, their role in the environment, their role in packaging, how to dispose of them, and more!
What Are Biodegradable Tubes?
Biodegradable tube packaging containers are pop-top squeeze tubes made out of biodegradable plastics. At Green Earth, we offer biodegradable plastic tubes in two sizes, 95 mm and 116 mm. Each size is available in the following colors:
- Clear: The clear biodegradable tubes allow you to display your product while maintaining its freshness in the airtight tube.
- White: White stands out and will make a label with your brand design truly pop.
- Black: Black plastic tubes offer a sleek minimalist vibe with an element of surprise that can make a curious customer want to check out your product.
Regardless of size or color, these biodegradable vials are designed to be airtight, which can increase your product’s longevity and keep its aroma within the tube. All of our biodegradable tubes are certified as biodegradable by ASTM, the leading organization in setting the technical standards for ideal packaging, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
These tubes are also child-resistant but easy for any adult to open by applying a squeeze to the top end until they hear a “pop” that indicates it is open. Some brands use our packaging products as biodegradable pharmacy vials or for biodegradable cosmetic packaging.
Packaging is responsible for making up 40% of plastic production in the world, according to a study on plasticoceans.org. A majority of that plastic is used only once, discarded improperly, and contributes to plastic waste across the globe.
Biodegradable packaging has been shown to lower the impact that plastic waste has on the overall environment.
What Is Biodegradability?
Biodegradability signifies that a product made from organic materials that are able to break down with a combination of external factors such as oxygen, temperature, microorganisms like bacteria, and fungi. When exposed to high temperatures around 300 degrees Fahrenheit, biodegradable products can take a few weeks, months, or years to decompose properly.
Our bioplastic tubes are made with biodegradable raw materials such as cellulose, polylactic acid (PLA), polycaprolactone (PCL), and polyhydroxy butyrate (PHB), which have been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Regular plastic can take hundreds of years to decompose while littered in the streets or packed in growing landfills. Biodegradable paper tubes are another alternative for sustainable packaging; biodegradable cardboard tubes in particular are easy and inexpensive to make, ship, and pack with a wide range of products.
How to Properly Dispose of Biodegradable Tubes
Just as glass tubes and plastic tubes have recycling guidelines, biodegradable vials also need to be correctly disposed of to fulfill their purpose of being environmentally friendly. Here’s a step-by-step process of disposing of these tubes.
- After the biodegradable tube packaging has served its purpose, it needs to be disposed of in the correct waste bin for biodegradable products. Tip: Check your local trash collection or recycling center guidelines.
- The party responsible for collecting biodegradable packaging material in your area will transport it to a bio-waste facility or bioreactor landfill. In some cases, end consumers may be responsible for bringing their biodegradable waste to specific facilities.
- After the material has been properly decomposed, it can be used as renewable energy.
It is essential that bioplastic tubes are not just thrown away in a regular compost pile. Unlike other organic matter, biodegradable vials need high temperatures to decompose properly, which cannot be done in ordinary homes. While biodegradable paper tubes are also a fantastic product, we actually carry recyclable paper tubes instead of biodegradable paper tubes. The recyclable paper tubes can be recycled in regular paper recycling bins!
Once your customers are finished with these tubes, they can clean them out and reuse them for other tube packaging purposes, such as biodegradable prescription vials or biodegradable food packaging, if they aren’t going to or aren’t able to properly dispose of them.
Biodegradable Tubes: The Bottom Line
The public’s increased interest in Earth-friendly products has led to local governments and major companies requiring businesses to increase their usage of sustainable packaging. People are more likely to choose a brand with eco-friendly packaging and wholesale biodegradable tubes are a great way to give them exactly what they’re looking for.
Frequently Asked Questions About Biodegradable Tubes
What Are Biodegradable Tubes Made From?
Our child-resistant biodegradable tubes are made with a highly durable NuPlastiQ biobased polymer resin blend. The biobased resin blend is created using synthetic polymers, naturally-sourced glycerin, and plant-based carbohydrates. The eco-friendly resin is made out of 100% renewable materials, effectively reducing fossil-fuel based material consumption and greenhouse gases in the environment.
How To Dispose Of Biodegradable Vials
Just because these vials are biodegradable, does not mean they can be littered anywhere. Biodegradable products require special disposal methods. Check with your curbside pickup program or local recycling centers about disposing biodegradable material. When biodegradable material is collected, it is first sorted out and then taken to a bio-waste facility with the right conditions to help the material decompose.
How To Remove Labels From Biodegradable Tubes
The best way to remove labels from biodegradable tubes is with warm soapy water. Use a scrubbing sponge to remove the labels and glue residue from the biodegradable tubes.
What Kinds Of Products Go Inside Biodegradable Tube Packaging?
These tubes are excellent for storing rolled flowers. Edible treats like bite size candies also fit neatly into these containers.