How To Make Packaging Choices

​Commercially compostable, home compostable, biodegradable, oxo-degradable – the consumer demand for alternatives to plastic packaging and the desire from businesses to lessen their environmental impact has led to a wide range of new packaging choices. But sometimes it is difficult to work out what all these terms mean and where they should go at their end of life.  These guides have been developed to help clarify these questions.

The guides are summarised below

  • "A quick guide to environmental claims for plastic products and packaging" - Do you want to know the difference between compostable, biodegradable and degradable plastics. View here
  • "It's complicated: A guide to biodegradable & compostable products and packaging" - View here
  • End of life flowchart – which provides a pictorial guide to the different terms and their disposal options.  View here.

Are you wondering why soft plastic recycling is not being supported by all supermarkets? This article provides the reasoning behind that decision http://supermarketnews.co.nz/foodstuffs-turns-focus-to-reducing-soft-plastics/

Are you interested in compostable packaging?  Click on this link to an article about the pros and cons of compostable packaging products:  https://thespinoff.co.nz/food/28-02-2019/ending-the-magical-thinking-on-compostable-packaging/

Page reviewed: 12 Jun 2019 4:05pm