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Embracing Sustainability: The Top 6 Alternatives to Virgin Plastic

In our quest for convenience, plastic has become an integral part of our lives. It has found its way into every nook and cranny of our daily routines. However, the environmental impact of plastic waste is a pressing concern.

Fortunately, the world is now waking up to the dire need for sustainable alternatives to virgin plastic and responsible brands are exploring planet-friendly alternatives to virgin plastic packaging.

Here are 6 commercially scaled alternatives to virgin plastics in packaging:

Recycled Plastics:

Recycled plastics hold immense potential as far as sustainable packaging is concerned. Imagine all the functional benefits of virgin plastic but with a much-lower footprint. Recycled plastics are 100% recyclable, food grade and possess consistent clarity, making them an excellent alternative to virgin plastic in packaging, across a range of industries.

Plant-fiber Packaging:

Molded fiber is a viable alternative to plastic for a large range of verticals - food service, CPG, healthcare, electronics. Made from materials such as sugarcane bagasse, bamboo, or wood pulp, these alternatives are Home compostable and functionally at par with plastic.


Derived from renewable sources like cornstarch, sugarcane, or algae, bioplastics offer a promising alternative to traditional plastic. These materials can be biodegradable and compostable, reducing their environmental impact and decreasing our reliance on fossil fuels.


Glass has resurfaced as a sustainable alternative to plastic packaging. It is infinitely recyclable and does not degrade in quality during the recycling process. By opting for glass containers, we can significantly reduce the environmental burden of packaging waste.

Paper and Cardboard:

Perhaps the most familiar alternative, paper, and cardboard packaging have been used for centuries. Recycled and responsibly sourced paper products serve as a biodegradable and renewable substitute for plastic in various packaging solutions.


Aluminum is another eco-friendly alternative that deserves our attention. It is recyclable and energy-efficient to produce, requiring significantly less energy compared to virgin plastic. Aluminum cans are widely used for beverages, but their versatility extends to various other packaging applications.

As we strive to create a more sustainable world, Cirkla aims to support brands that share the same vision. Cirkla focuses on moving away from virgin plastic by offering innovative, planet-friendly packaging solutions for responsible brands. By collaborating with Cirkla, brands can make a significant impact on reducing virgin plastic waste and championing sustainable practices.

Together, let us fight the battle against virgin plastic pollution.

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