Unravelling Misconceptions About Compostable Packaging
Environmental advocates worldwide have championed the narrative that our global ecosystem is at risk due to excessive plastic waste. The staggering 400 million tons of plastic produced annually, with a vast majority ending up in landfills or our oceans, amplifies this concern.
One glimmer of hope in addressing this mounting crisis is the advent of compostable packaging. Unlike traditional plastics that persist in the environment for centuries, compostable alternatives decompose into harmless, nutrient-rich compost under the right conditions. This process contributes to carbon sequestration, rejuvenating soil health, and fostering a more sustainable planet.
Yet, as the compostable packaging industry blossoms, misconceptions surrounding its nature and benefits have emerged. To set the record straight, let's debunk some of the most prevalent myths.
Myth 1: Compostable Packaging Only Involves Paper or Cardboard
A common perception is that only paper, cardboard, or organic waste can be composted. However, the realm of compostable materials is far broader. Innovations have birthed compostable plastics from various sources, including food residues, sugarcane, specialised polymers, and more. The science of material engineering has enabled these plastics to decompose in a manner akin to organic materials, given the right composting conditions.
Recent advancements have seen a shift to PLA plastics, derived from renewable biomass sources like corn, sugar beets, and more. Such innovations challenge the restrictive idea that compostables are limited to paper and cardboard.
Myth 2: Only Bio-Based Polymers Can Be Composted
The notion that compostability is exclusive to bio-based polymers is misleading. Not every bio-based polymer is compostable, and conversely, several fossil-based polymers can be composted. What determines compostability isn't the carbon chain's source but its chemical bonding. Both traditional and compostable polymers are composed of carbon chains; their compostability is predicated on their specific chemical structure.
Myth 3: Compostable Packaging Is Harmless to Oceans
It's a dangerous misconception that compostable packaging can be discarded anywhere, including our oceans, without repercussions. These materials are designed for specific composting conditions, characterised by particular temperature, moisture, and microbial activity levels. Merely tossing them into the sea doesn't guarantee safe degradation. A proactive approach involves disposing of compostable items in dedicated composting facilities, ensuring they break down optimally.
Myth 4: Most Compostable Packaging Ends up in Landfills, Not Compost
The infrastructure to compost is expanding steadily. Recent studies indicate that a significant number of composting facilities that process organic waste now accept compostable packaging. With increased accessibility, consumers can and should prioritise composting over landfilling. Key indicators include certifications on packaging that highlight their compostability and appropriate disposal methods.
A Clearer Perspective on Compostable Solutions
Although some misconceptions persist, the uptake of compostable packaging materials is projected to surge, with industrial composting facilities becoming increasingly accessible. A majority of the global population expresses a willingness to compost if the infrastructure were more available.
With leading manufacturers already pioneering compostable plastics, an expanded infrastructure will bolster the transition to compostable solutions. To truly realise the potential of compostable packaging, society must transcend prevailing myths and recognise it as an authentic, sustainable solution. Embracing compostable packaging is more than an eco-friendly choice; it's a pledge to a sustainable future.
Ember Sustainable Packaging
Embracing sustainability is more than a trend; it's a responsibility we keenly understand at Ember Sustainable Packaging. Every piece of compostable packaging we produce stands as a testament to our unwavering commitment to creating a greener New Zealand. Our vision isn't just about offering sustainable packaging; it's about empowering businesses and consumers to make eco-conscious decisions every day.
Tailored Solutions for New Zealand Businesses
Recognising that every business has unique packaging needs, we have curated a diverse range of packaging solutions. Whether you're a coffee roastery looking for the perfect bag to keep your beans fresh or a local grocer in need of sustainable fresh produce packaging, Ember Sustainable Packaging has you covered.
Our offerings range from the sturdiest vacuum bags to resealable pouches that lock in freshness while ensuring complete biodegradability.
A Sustainable Future, One Package at a Time
Every packaging solution we offer is a stride towards a more sustainable future for New Zealand. We take pride in knowing that with each product sealed in our compostable packaging, we're helping reduce the plastic footprint in our beautiful nation.
Comprehensive Eco-friendly Offerings
Our passion for the environment goes beyond just offering compostable packaging materials. We ensure that our entire range, from coffee bags specially tailored for New Zealand's vibrant café culture to fresh produce bags for our local markets, stands up to our promise of sustainability. We’ve meticulously designed our offerings to ensure they not only provide the protection and freshness businesses require but also align with our core values of environmental stewardship.
Guidance and Support
At Ember Sustainable Packaging, we understand the challenges businesses face when transitioning to more eco-friendly solutions. It's not just about selecting a product; it's about adapting to a new way of doing things. To facilitate this shift, our team is dedicated to providing insights, support, and education.
We're here to guide businesses through the nuances of sustainable packaging with excellent compostable and PREP Certified recyclable packaging, ensuring clients find the perfect fit for their needs while making a positive environmental impact.