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Why do certifications matter?

Certifications bestowed by independent third-party allow consumers to be sure the products they purchase are genuine and producers to show their dedication to verifiable claims. Words like ‘sustainable’, ‘ethical’, ‘biodegradable’, and ‘eco-friendly’ – among others – get thrown around a lot in the packaging world. While these words can actually mean something, without certification they are called greenwashing. Greenwashing means individuals and organisations cannot make informed decisions about what they are purchasing. Read more about greenwashing here. How certifications can ...
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Do online petitions really help ban plastic?

Have you ever signed an online petition – say, on Change.org – and felt like you’ve done something to help? Petitions, for example, that call for less packaging in supermarkets or for a ban on plastic straws? Great! But did it actually work? There are thousands and thousands of online petitions in circulation – asking for everything from action on climate change, to refugee rights, to legalising recreational drugs, to plastic pollution. Many of these petitions have tens or hundreds ...
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What is bagasse?

Bagasse, or sugarcane pulp, is a waste product of sugarcane harvesting. The fibrous material is left behind after the juice of the sugarcane plant has been crushed out, and is usually disposed of. However, today we can use it as a renewable resource for producing paper products and as a fuel for factories. How is bagasse produced? Although bagasse has multiple purposes, a specific method produces its compostable packaging products. After sugarcane harvesting, the leftover bagasse is kept wet and ...
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3 things you didn’t realise can’t be recycled

We all want to do the right thing and recycle as much as possible. However, by putting a non-recyclable into the recycling bin, you contaminate the rest of the recycling and then none of it gets recycled. Always check with your local council for region-specific rules on what they do and don’t accept. However, here are three things that generally cannot be recycled, wherever you are. Paper towels and tissues So, paper can be recycled. However, paper towels and tissues ...
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Our goal: zero waste to landfill

Australians are pretty good at recycling. We take pride in separating our garbage so that glass, plastics, paper, and aluminium can be recycled – forgive my cynicism, but it might be the only environmental thing we’re good at. But a couple of years ago, we started to feel like it was a waste of time. When China banned imported recycling materials, several councils had their recycling contracts cut back by waste companies. It seems like councils had one of two ...
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How to compost plant-based packaging

What is composting? Well, basically it’s the natural breakdown of organic matter over time using fungi, bacteria, insects, worms, and other organisms to produce nutrient-rich compost. For more information on how composting works, click here. What are the methods of composting? There are two different kinds of composting – home composting and commercial composting. Why does it matter? It is important to know the difference so that we can dispose of organic waste – including plant-based packaging – responsibly, as ...
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What goes into landfill?

Have you ever wondered what, exactly, ends up in landfill? Discussions around waste collection can often be confusing. Find out why we need to rethink our ‘linear’ economy and move towards a circular economy. What is landfill? Landfills are the final destination for a huge amount of waste which is not recycled, composted, reused, or otherwise repurposed. They are designed to store waste – not let it break down. Landfill is where anything you put in your household waste bin ...
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Promoting composting Australia-wide

Composting is – as you might know if you’ve been following this blog – our idea of how to save the earth from the pollution crisis we’ve put it in. However, to do that we need the whole country to embrace it. Why compost? Composting returns nutrients to the soil and diverts organic waste from landfill which reduces greenhouse gases. Between 2016 and 2017, Australians sent 6.7 million tonnes of organic waste to landfill, of which 43% was food waste. ...
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Composting vs recycling: Which is better for the environment?

Have you ever wondered whether composting or recycling is better for the environment? Given a choice, where should you put that piece of rubbish? Here we talk about which option you should choose when disposing of our takeaway packaging. The good news is that, when both are done correctly, landfill is reduced. Both provide a way of extracting value from waste, but are not applicable to the same materials. So what’s the difference? The main difference is that composting is ...
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Why we love FSC-certified paper

Do you know what FSC-certified paper is? How the FSC ensure their paper and wood is eco-friendly and environmentally responsible? If not, read on. Paper-based packaging – and its potential problems We need to make sure that, in the quest for plastic-free packaging, we are not damaging our forests irreparably by creating more demand for paper. Some facts about paper: Paper accounts for 26% of waste in landfills The earth loses 18.7 million acres of forest each year – equal ...
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