Recycling! How to Avoid Plastics

People generated 300 million tons of plastic waste, and since then the number has only gone up. Think about all the plastic pollution coming from plastic containers, plastic straws, plastic utensils like forks, spoons, and knives, and other plastic wraps and bags that people use just one time before they end up in the trash, on our streets, or in the ocean. There are several legitimate economic and ecological reasons to cut down on excessive plastic use, combat plastic pollution and climate change. tips on how you can fight plastic pollution.

During Covid-19 Pandemic everyone is using hand sanitiser, face masks and the scrambled race to meet supply/demand. We need to remember that a global pandemic is not an excuse for us to lose focus on the core tenets of responsible sourcing – human rights, environmental management, business integrity and anti-corruption.

We only need to look at the cargo ship that lost 40 shipping containers off the coast of NSW last week to be reminded of the importance of managing unexpected logistical risk. Or at the recent spate of faulty face mask recalls and whispers that the TGA are relaxing their guidelines for masks being sold in Australia to get the feeling that short cuts are being taken. So, what can procurement managers, promotional suppliers and their clients do better?

As always, it comes down changing buying habits away from single use plastics and look for environmentally sustainable alternative products. This means asking the right questions, working with trusted suppliers and not accepting compromise over compliance. At Value Added Promotions, we have developed a range of products organic clothing, metal straws, refillable drink containers, along with reusable utensils, facemasks, shopping bags, food wrappers and food storage containers.

Clothing-Organic T-Shirts and sustainable clothing

The new sustainable range of organic cotton in your t-shirt matters cotton is what makes up most of the clothes you have in your closet and it’s no accident. The fabric has been the textile of choice for hundreds of years because of its softness, breathability, and versatility. Unfortunately, it is not the most sustainable fabric.

Cotton earned the title “dirtiest crop” because it’s sprayed with some of the worst pesticides. Those and other toxic chemicals associated with cotton production pollute waterways and damage the health of farmworkers. They also contaminate consumer products.

Sustainable fashion, ethical clothing, fair production has many meanings. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) .The worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. GOTS certified final products may include fibre products, yarns, fabrics, clothes, home textiles, mattresses, personal hygiene products, as well as food contact textiles and more.

Having one common standard means textile processors and manufacturers can export their fabrics and garments with one organic certification that is accepted in all major markets. This transparency also gives consumers the power to choose truly organic products sourced from green supply chains.

Metal Straws replacing Plastic straws.

Metal straws are an excellent alternative to plastic straws. Why are metal straws so great? Endlessly reusable, Sturdy, so they are great for portability, Non-toxic. The most common type of metal straws available are made of stainless steel, however other types of metal straws are available as well, such as copper straws.

Reusable Utensils vs Disposable Cutlery

The statistic is alarming when it comes to minimising waste and leading an eco-friendlier lifestyle, reusable, truly sustainable food containers are a great place to start. Ditch the plastic baggies, saran wrap, plastic utensils, and brown paper bags and upgrade your lunch routine to cut down on your waste!  

Investing in the right reusable food container for your lifestyle is important. There are a lot of products on the market that claim to be eco-friendly just because they are reusable, but how sustainable are those flimsy plastic takeout containers, really? If you’re really committed to making an impact, invest in a solution that will truly cut down on your plastic waste for the long-haul. Look for a container that will last, and one that is designed to work with a variety of dishes and utensils.

Drink Containers replacing Single use Cups.

Avoiding plastic can be challenging and finding alternatives to common items like plastic bottles and plastic packaging is becoming increasingly easier—and not a moment too soon for our plastic-choked planet.

Stainless steel

Tough and easy to clean, stainless steel options for reusable food and beverage storage have multiplied in recent years. You can replace single-use cups, kitchen storage, lunch boxes, and more with this durable metal.

Glass

While not biodegradable, glass is inert, inexpensive and infinitely recyclable. And since many food items come packaged in glass, upcycling glass jars into food storage is a no-cost way to give your food packaging new life. Jars from jam, honey, pickles, nut butters, and so much more can be added to your no-waste toolkit for shopping from the bulk bins. They can also be repurposed to store leftovers and homemade drinks, or decorated and turned into homemade gifts.

Reusable Facemasks vs Disposable Facemasks

Reusable face masks as alternative for disposable medical masks. There’s no doubt that face masks, in general, can help slow the spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes COVID-19. Disposable masks were a convenient and easy-to-obtain option but add the waste stream. Reusable masks, especially those with effective filters included, are generally the best option for people who don’t work in the healthcare field. They’re better for the environment, tend to be more comfortable, come in a variety of styles, and offer good protection and filtration.

Reusable Shopping bags vs Single Use Plastic Bags

There are several different choices in bags for you to use at the grocery store. Cotton bags such as the ones in this photo are biodegradable. However, they cost much more energy to make than a traditional plastic bag, which can be damaging to the environment. Reusable bags are made from many different materials, and the environmental impact of producing those materials varies widely. One study from the United Kingdom (UK) found that, regarding bag production, cotton bags must be reused 131 times before they reduce their impact on climate change to the same extent as plastic bags. To have a comparable environmental footprint (which encompasses climate change as well as other environmental effects) to plastic bags, a cotton bag potentially must be used thousands of times. Materials other than cotton, however, perform much better in sustainability metrics. Nonwoven polypropylene (PP) is another popular option. Made from a more durable kind of plastic, these bags need to be reused around eleven times to break even with the impact of conventional plastic.

In addition to varying widely in their eco-friendliness, there is the chance that reusable bags go unused, because consumers must remember to bring the bags with them to the store. The biggest positive of reusable bags is that their use cuts down on the amount of litter on land and in the ocean.

Reusable Foods Wrappers vs Single use Food wrappers

Reusable food wraps around fruit and vegetables or across bowls or other containers to keep food fresh. They may be made with organic cotton and/or organic, plant-based dyes and flexible, stretchy, reusable, food-grade silicone film that can be used in place of cling wrap or baking paper. Reusable sandwich bags are Silicone or plastic reusable ‘Ziplock’ bags and Reusable food covers growing in popularity. Green products like beeswax wraps and reusable silicone pouches are becoming increasingly popular for storing and transporting food. According to leading plastic wrap manufacturer Glad, the Australian plastic wrap market is worth $51 million, and nine out of 10 Australian households buy plastic wrap. According to leading plastic wrap manufacturer Glad, the Australian plastic wrap market is worth $51 million, and nine out of 10 Australian households buy plastic wrap. And if plastic production carries on as models predict, roughly 12,000 million metric tonnes of plastic waste will be either in landfills or in the environment by 2050.It’s no wonder that many households are looking for alternatives to plastic wrap and other disposable plastic food storage options such as sandwich bags.

Reusable Food storage Containers Vs Disposable Packaging

Consumers are looking for both convenience and sustainability, and companies are responding with containers, bottles and bags designed for many uses. This looks like a regular one-compartment container, a hidden storage space in the lid allows for small amounts of toppings like nuts or croutons. The central compartment is extra roomy, and the container a great option to avoid single use plastic. While disposable food containers offer convenience and a safe and hygienic vessel for takeaway food, the kind made from conventional plastics are having a devastating effect on the planet. Thankfully, as support for the zero-waste movement grows, and more people become aware of the principles of a circular economy, the need for a sustainable alternative to plastic food containers is clear.

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