Biodegradable and compostable plastics in the environment

What are plastics? The word plastic is derived from theancient Greek term plastikós, meaning ‘shapable’ or ‘mouldable’. Plastics are made up of largechemical units known as polymers, which arein turn made up of repeated smaller units called monomers. Many polymers arecapable of being moulded into different shapes when heated, acharacteristic that has likely given this … Continued

The Current situation in NZ regarding compostable packaging – from the Packaging Forum AGM

Members of the Public Place Recycling Scheme and Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme Are you considering a change to compostable packaging? The shift to products which are described as degradable, biodegradable and/or compostable has increased as companies seek alternatives to plastic. There was considerable interest in this topic at our recent AGM and business briefing. In … Continued

Committed to the Environment – Paper Pak’s Range of Paper Bags

We stock Paper Pak’s Range of paper bags, carry bags etc.  Here is some information on this company and the sustainability of their bags. From the Paper Pak Website:   Committed to the environment. We demonstrate our commitment to the environment and social responsibility through the actions we take and not just the things we … Continued

Brown Paper Carry Bags

Simple but effective, the brown paper bag is the hottest selling item at the moment. With the ban of plastic bags, everyone is asking for Paper Bags.  The best thing about our paper bags is that they are made from a sustainable forest and are recyclable and compostable.  Brown paper bags come in all shapes … Continued

Gaffer Tape for the Film, Photography, Theatre Industry

Gaffer tape (also known as gaffer’s tape or gaff tape as well as camera tape and spike tape for narrow, coloured gaffer tape) is a heavy cotton cloth pressure-sensitive tape with strong adhesive and tensile properties. It is widely used in theatre, photography, film and television production, and industrial staging work. While sometimes confused with duct tape, gaffer tape differs in the composition of both the backing, … Continued

Environmentally Friendly Packaging Tape

If you are looking for an environmentally friendly packaging tape then I suggest the following tapes; Flatback Paper Tape with a renewable natural rubber based adhesive – 100% Biodegradable and Environmentally Friendly. Plastic free tape – FPP1 Gummed Kraft Paper Tape – made from renewable resources with a starch or animal based water activated adhesive … Continued

The problem with Compostable Bags

Most compostable bags will end up in landfill, just like plastic bags, due to a lack of facilities to process them. New Zealand has just 11 facilities that accept compostable packaging. None of the facilities are big enough to process large quantities, so it is not a good solution to the plastic bag problem. While it … Continued