Since the increase in eco-friendly products becoming readily available, we’ve sadly noticed a lot of companies and brands “green washing” which in other words means suggesting products are eco-friendly when that’s not technically always the case.
To make things easier, we’ve broken down all those eco words you’ll find in our catalogue so you can understand which products right for you but be assured, we’ve only included products we believe are eco-friendly!
EXPLAINING THE TYPE OF PRODUCT:
However, if you see a product being advertised as biodegradable you can assume the product will break down quicker than traditional plastic (although always double check with the supplier!)
Please be aware that if some biodegradable plastics (such as biodegradable bin bags) end up at the landfill, they will release methane, a greenhouse gas with a warming capacity 21 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.
Degradable – A plastic product that has had chemicals added to it to help the product break down into micro plastics quicker than usual. Unlike biodegradable plastic, degradable plastic will break down in a landfill without producing harmful greenhouse gases.
Oxo-Biodegradable/Oxo-Degradable – A conventional plastic mixed with a chemical addictive in order to create micro-plastics.Unlike biodegradable and degradable plastics, these products do not break down at molecular or polymer level.
Compostable or Compostable Biodegradable – A product made from plant based materials that will, when sent to a commercial composting facility, break down to create compost.
Bio-Plastics – A type of biodegradable plastic derived from biological substances rather than petroleum.
PLA – Polylactic acid (PLA) is a product made from plant based materials such as corn starch which will break down to create compost if in the correct conditions.
CPLA – Polylactide aliphatic copolymer (CPLA) is a product made of plant based materials that are compostable in the right conditions, however CPLA is stronger and more heat resistant that PLA.
Bagasse – A material made from recycled sugarcane, a renewable resource. It is completely compostable in the right conditions.
Bagasse is great for hot food as it allows condensation to escape yet still keep the food hot. You can put it in the microwave and fridge too!
Bamboo – Not just a panda’s favourite food, bamboo grows at one of the quickest rates in the world! It’s naturally strong, hard and water-resistant making it a great material.
Renewable Resources – A natural resource that can be used repeatedly and replaced naturally such as wind, coal, water, sunlight and plants.
Recyclable – Instead of going to the landfill, you can recycle this product to create something else.
Re-usable – Instead of throwing the product away, it can be used over and over again.
Compost / Compostable – Something that will turn into a fertiliser for growing plants.
Landfill – Also known as a “tip”.A place when rubbish and waste is buried.
Commercial or Industrial Composting & Commercial or Industrial Compost Facility – A place where food waste and compostable products can be sent to be made into compost correctly. Most compostable products will need to go here to be made into compost.
OTHER WORDS TO KNOW:
Sustainable and sustainability – In environmental terms, sustainable and sustainability is used to define something that will not be harmful and will support long term eco-friendly benefits.
Carbon Footprint – The volume of carbon dioxide released into the air as a result of someone or something.
Eco-Conscious – Having an awareness and knowledge of the negative or positive effects your individual actions have on the planet.
Eco-Friendly – Usually used to describe a product, process or action that has a positive effect or on the environment in some way.
Greenhouse Gas – A gas that absorbs infrared radiation (IR) and radiates heat in all directions. The greenhouse effect is global warming caused by greenhouse gases.