Loop: The Solution To Our Consume-Dispose Vicious Cycle?

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Are you sick and tired of contributing to the plastic waste vicious cycle that is littering the world over?

According to Greenpeace, Thailand is the world’s sixth biggest contributor of ocean waste, just behind the largest; China. 1.03 million tons of plastic waste is generated every year and increasing. According to Albert Einstein, doing something the same way over and over again and expecting a better result is a recipe for madness. As Buddha embraces the certainty of change, wastefulness and unsustainable endeavors stake a claim at the very heart of our Por-Piang identity.

Thankfully, Loop is equal to the task to give shopping online a zero footprint new look.

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A vicious cycle isn’t simply a situation caught in a cause and effect chain reaction that feeds off each other. It’s an inexorable one swallowed by the perpetual compounding of intensified aggravation where devastating results are imminent, i.e., should the threshold be crossed with no intervention to alter the outcome. The series of consuming and disposing across the globe leaving more and more waste exposed to nature is quickly turning into cycles that feed in to this pattern. Luckily, Loop is to the rescue.

TerraCycle  is an American recycling company that specializes in advanced waste management technology. It has joined force with strategic partners such as P&G, a producer and distributor of consumer products from the US, Nestlé, a nutrition and health business entrepreneur, PepsiCo, a snack and beverage entrepreneur, Unilever, manufacturer of consumer products, and many other partners that collaborate with UPS, a logistics service company, and Suez, a resource management company, to develop a new circular shopping platform based on the concept of replacing single-use disposable packaging with durable, reusable packaging. The TerraCycle Loop Service is the first-ever global packaging and purchasing solution conveniently environmentally friendly. Instead of un-reusable boxes, UPS delivers ordered products to consumers in specially designed shipping tote.

To put things in perspective, Loop resembles a milk delivery service where normally the seller not only delivers fresh milk to the door steps but returns to collect the empty bottles as well after the customer has consumed it. The Loop service is divided into 5 steps as follows:

  1. Shopping: Consumers order products online from Loop affiliated retailers or the Loop website (https://loopstore.com).
  2. Delivery: The Loop service will deliver ordered products to the consumer’s home in a Loop tote that significantly reduces the requirement for cardboard boxes from transport.
  3. Consumption: Consumers can use the product comfortably from packaging designed with food grade materials.
  4. Return: Once consumed, empty containers and packaging can be returned in the provided Loop bag by calling the Loop service to come and collect the package directly at the consumer’s home.
  5. Refill, Recycle or Reuse:
    1. Refill – The Loop service utilizes cleaning technology to bring the returned packaging back to safe shipshape, residue-free conditions. After which, Loop refills the packaging with new orders as you desire and delivered to your doorsteps again the same way, next time.
    2. Recycle or Reuse – Loop service puts the packaging back in the shipping cycle and continues to manage the recycle process in the best possible.

Rest assured, the Loop service is a profound answer to the household single-use plastic vicious cycle where neglected waste that no one is accountable for is left to nature, in so doing, mindlessly encouraging production of even more. It can help us stop being part of the problem that is rapidly expanding with urbanization, globalization and overpopulation in a world with finite resources. As more and more become part of the solution, instead, there is hope of ending the vicious cycle and bringing the ecosystem-waste scale back to a healthy equilibrium again.

Loop service fees can be divided into 2 categories, packaging deposit and transport service fee, and is currently in the testing phase with selected products for small groups of customers. In mid-May 2019, it will be available for service in Paris and New York via the website (https://loopstore.com). In addition, plans are also in place for Japan by the year 2020. Should the service yield satisfactory results in providing consumers with shopping convenience through fast delivery systems with a reasonable overhead and price tag, the response is expected to be above and beyond positive.

Although the Loop service is not yet available in Thailand, yet, there is another business that allows us to take part in reducing the use of disposable packaging, and thereby the overwhelming generation of toxic waste, is a Refill business that is already available on the market in some areas, although net yet popular in Thailand as it is still a niche market business. The Refill business sells products by weight according to what the customer wants. The price is typically lower than that of the same product sold and bought in department store the conventional retail way as there is no packaging overhead to add to the final asking price.

Nonetheless, believe it or not, the small start is already making massive improvements to the consume-dispose vicious cycle currently littering the world over and expected to work wonders in the not too distant future. Awareness, as always, is key. In Por-Piang terms, Communal Sustainability is a community’s present time ability to survive and thrive both environmentally and economically without diminishing the same capacity for future generations to follow suit in the same manner.

Compiled by BLOG.SCGLogistics

References willgardner.com, thebangkokinsight.com, becommon.co, loopstore.com

Photos  nutraceuticalsworld.com, unsplash.com, goodnet.org

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