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Regulated product stewardship & what this means for plastic packaging

As part of the New Zealand government’s long-term plan to reduce the amount of rubbish heading to our landfills, or causing pollution to our environment, six products have been declared for regulated product stewardship, including plastic packaging. This declaration falls under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008, and puts more responsibility on companies like manufacturers, to work towards more...

Changing our relationship with plastic

Plastic – what was once frequently used and celebrated in the packaging world has quickly become universally frowned upon. Now seen as a big problem that contributes to growing landfills and an increasing amount of plastic waste that’s found in our oceans, many people are doing all that they can to find more sustainable alternatives to common plastic items like bags and the humble toothbrush.

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Raw material threat influences plastic shortages & price increases

COVID-19 has had an effect on many things in our daily lives, it has also impacted businesses and the availability of some raw materials, like plastic. If you’re in charge of procurement in your company and you regularly purchase items like plastic packaging, then it’s likely that you’ve seen prices increase steadily over the last 6 to 8 months. You may be wondering, why?

Did you know that cellophane is biodegradable?

Recently, there has been a strong focus on replacing plastic packaging products with more eco-friendly and sustainable alternatives in New Zealand. Disposable plastic shopping bags are long gone, and they’ve already been banned in many other countries too.

Keep your fresh produce from spoiling during transit

If you regularly transport fresh produce you’ll know the importance of making sure it arrives at it’s destination in the same condition as when it left. Often external factors can get in the way and keeping produce fresh can be difficult if your shipment is collected late, or the delivery schedule is running behind.

Use sustainable pallet wrap and save

Traditional plastic pallet wrap has long been a staple for many businesses that regularly transport goods to different locations. Inexpensive and convenient, simply wrap it around your pallets and your goods will stay secure during transit. Like many other common packaging supplies however, businesses are now seeing the benefits in changing to more sustainable options that are not only better...

FAQs on the NZ plastic bag ban

As a business owner, you may have heard of the plastic bag ban set to sweep across New Zealand in 2019. Some retailers have already made the move to ban single-use plastic bags, but for other businesses the transition may not seem so simple. It's important that you understand the rules of the new regulation before making changes, to ensure you are making the right changes.

What really is compostable plastic?

With the growing awareness and concerns of plastic pollution and the effects it has on our environment, more and more people are looking to alternative materials. One popular alternative for businesses is bioplastics, or compostable plastics. Compostable plastics can be used to replace single-use plastics for things like cutlery, plastic bags and even product packaging.

Common types of plastic packaging

Plastic is a very cost effective packaging material for any business, and it's various forms are widely used across the globe. However some questions can be raised about the types of plastics that are commonly used for packaging; like their composition, usefulness and (all importantly) how they can be recycled.

Compostable bags vs degradable bags: what's the difference?

Plastics bags and our use of them has been under the spotlight recently and there's a growing awareness around their environmental impact. This is leading many consumers to adjust their perspective on the humble plastic bag.

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