Paper or Plastics – the arguments for and against

Here is an article from the Packaging-360 newsletter from Germany with a few interesting facts about paper and plastic packaging and the need for investing more in the recycling of both products.  Paper is not always the right solution and if we had the facilities for plastic recycling then plastic would be a better option … Continued

Hexcelwrap – eco bubble alternative

Hexcelwrap is a new eco bubblewrap alternative.  Made from kraft paper, it has a diecut cut pattern throughout the roll which expands to create a 3D honeycomb pattern.   The hexcelwrap comes in a natural kraft which we stock and it is also available in white upon request. The 3D honeycomb pattern creates a protective wrap … Continued

Jiffy® Utility® Paper Mailers – Back by popular demand!

Due to popular demand and customer requests for more eco-friendly packaging options, Shardlows Packaging is bringing back the original Sealed Air Utility Mailer. This bag is made from 50% recycled paper and is recyclable and compostable.  We will stock the 3 most popular sizes but there are a further 2 sizes available by indent only. … Continued

About biodegradable and compostable plastics in NZ

The Ministry recommends reusable bags over single-use plastic bag alternatives marketed as compostable or biodegradable. These alternatives can be harmful to nature if they are not processed properly. What is biodegradable plastic? Biodegradable plastic is plastic that will break down through the action of living organisms, usually microbes. To fully break down, biodegradable plastics require … Continued

The truth about Oxo-degradable plastic packaging

Oxo-degradable plastics are being produced and sold in many countries, with society being led to believe they safely biodegrade in nature. Yet significant evidence suggests oxo-degradable plastics do not safely biodegrade but fragment into small pieces, contributing to microplastics pollution. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative has published a statement calling for a ban on oxo-degradable … Continued

New Detpak GO Food Packaging – Recyclable

The new Detpak GO range of food packaging is one of the leading ranges of sustainable and recyclable food packaging.  The food containers and trays are made out of high quality, uncoated brown board.  The GO Range of food packaging is 100% recyclable and compostable.  The board is also made from sustainably sourced paper pulp.  … Continued

Bamboo Eco Toilet Paper – Ecoroll

Ecoroll is the new plant based, plastic free toilet paper made from Bamboo. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet which makes it a very good and sustainable product to use. Ecoroll is FSC approved.  What does FSC approved mean? The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is the highest level of forestry … Continued

Environmentally Friendly Alternatives to Bubblewrap

Many of our customers are asking the question.  Do you have an environmentally friendly alternative to Bubblewrap? It all depends on the application you need it for. Do you use bubblewrap for protection or void fill?  There are options, of course! Firstly, if you are using bubblewrap as a void fill, the best options available … Continued

Position statement from New Zealand composters on compostable packaging

  Position statement from New Zealand composters on compostable packaging February 2019 What products should be made compostable? Composters do not need compostable packaging to make quality compost, as it doesn’t add value to the final product. This is because compostable packaging provides little to no nutrient value for compost. However, food waste is a rich … Continued

A Visit and Tour of The Living Earth Organics Processing Plant

On Wednesday, Maxine and I attended a presentation on Compostable Food Packaging. We also had a tour of the Christchurch based Living Earth Organic Processing Plant in Bromley. Our food scraps and garden waste go into the Green Council Kerbside bins.  These bins are collected once a week and taken to the Council’s composting facility … Continued