Why Everyday Should Be World Oceans Day

When people ask at work what you’re doing for the weekend, how many times do you answer with something beach-related? 3 times out of 10? 10 out of 10? Going to beautiful beaches and enjoying beach culture is part-and-parcel of a Sydney-sider’s way of life. Getting to relax and unwind in Australia’s incredible beaches and swim in pristine ocean water are some of the best things about living downunder.

The MAJOR problem here: pollution is building in the world’s oceans at an alarming rate.

GETTING DOWN TO THE (S)PACIFICS

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Here are a few stats about the world’s oceans that might make you cringe a bit (but don’t worry it’s for a purpose).

Plastic is the most common element found in the ocean; there is actually a garbage island floating in the Pacific Ocean that’s twice the size of Texas – it’s called the North Pacific Gyre.

Another issue is plastic doesn’t break down naturally in the ocean. Instead it breaks down into millions of tiny pieces called ‘micro-fibres’. These micro-fibres absorb the toxic chemicals already polluting the ocean, so when fish eat micro-fibre plastic, they consume those toxic chemicals too. Fish, as well as mussels, oysters etc. are consistently found with plastic micro-fibre in their bodies these days, which means, yep, we are poisoning ourselves whenever we eat seafood.

Wondering why eating seafood is still legal? Rolf Halden from Arizona State University’s Center for Environmental Security states “Currently there are no [health advisory] regulations for plastics and plastic-borne pollutants, as the science is still young.”

WANT TO HELP?

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We can all do small things to help out the ocean. Firstly, make safe, sustainable seafood choices. Secondly, share blogs like this on social media, to raise awareness for World Ocean Day on June 8. Finally, buy fewer petroleum-based, non-biodegradable plastics. Get informed as to what products are biodegradable and eco-friendly (check out our materials glossary to find out about helpful biodegradable substitutes and their properties). And, if you are shopping around for plastic products, consider supporting those brands and food packaging suppliers who supply biodegradable plastic choices.

WHICH WHOLESALEPAK PRODUCTS ARE OCEAN-FRIENDLY?

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To see where WholesalePak keeps it’s eco-friendly, biodegradable packaging materials, click on our eco-packaging page. There you’ll find a huge variety of eco-plastics to substitute from your traditional petroluem-based ones. Check out our plastic eco-cups, our sugarcane containers, INEGO PLA salad bowls and plenty more.

Please share this post or any other shareable content that’s related to World Oceans Day on June 8th this year. Get the hashtag #worldoceansday going. If you’re a cafe or restaurant, consider making the switch to greener food packaging. The more we care and make simple simple choices towards a healthier planet, the better for us and the fish.

What Is Packaging Greenwashing?

At the moment, people are having a bit of a crisis of confidence when it comes to recyclable packaging. It seems each week new recyclable materials are invented that are biodegradable, compostable, reusable – anything you want.

But in reality, is this just “greenwashing“?

THE PLA CONTROVERSY

PLA stands for polylactic acid. It’s a plastic derived from natural materials such as cornstarch, tapioca, and sugarcane. You can check out a more detailed description of PLA on our materials glossary page, which provides you with an in depth description of some of WholesalePak’s most commonly sourced materials.

Currently, PLA is marketed as a recyclable, biodegradable material and, as a result, it’s fast becoming a popular food packaging material. However, recently PLA has come under fire because it’s only recyclable if it’s composted commercially, under high temperatures. Some argue PLA takes such a long time to decompose in traditional landfills, it doesn’t deserve the title of biodegradable.

WHAT WE THINK

WholesalePak still thinks of PLA as a sustainable product because it is made from abundant natural materials, which is far better than petroleum-based plastics. It is also fine to use if you live in a city or state that has a commercial compost to sort PLA products into. However, we understand the other side of the argument.

WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT PLA?

Many straws are made out of PLA plastics. You might be wondering, what are WholesalePak’s straws made out of? Introducing our new, biodegradable eco-straws. Made from Oxo Biodegradable plastic and compliant with the Australian ASTM D6954-04 (2013) standards for exposing and testing of degradable plastics, Oxo Biodegradable is the perfect compromise.

HOW DOES OXO BIODEGRADABLE WORK?

Oxo Biodegradable plastics combine traditional (non-degradable) plastics such as PE, PP and PET with a pro-degradant additive called ‘reverte’. This breaks the polymer’s molecular chains, meaning at the end of OB’s life – the product falls apart. The oxidisation process then allows the product to break even further down in a biodegradable sense, either in a landfill environment or even in an open environment within 9 months. The straw will eventually become carbon dioxide, water and biomass. Yay for science!

What’s the lesson here? We think it’s that, unfortunately, there is no lazy man or women’s way when it comes to living an environmentally-friendly lifestyle. We should always support eco-product and industry, but it’s up to us at the end of the day to do our homework and check whether our plastics are recyclable. That being said, do your homework and check out WholesalePak’s new biodegradable straws! They’re environmentally sustainable, and importantly a step in the right direction towards protecting planet Earth.

If you’d like more information or any specific details regarding the certifications of these products, please get in touch with Wholesalepak.

Why Restaurants Need To Stop Littering

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If you consider that glass bottles take up to a million years to break down, plastic bags between 10 to 20 years, and plastic bottles 450 years, it quickly becomes apparent that litter is a bigger problem than you might have previously thought.

In Sydney last year, 267,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste was collected, while half of this was recycled, the rest became landfill.

Restaurants are probably the biggest repeat offenders when it comes to littering.

Some of the biggest offenders for littering locally are Sydney restaurants, who don’t adequately dispose of their litter or provide bins for customers where they can put their rubbish. Around fast food restaurants littering is common and it’s not unusual to see packaging and cups tossed carelessly on sidewalks and gutters. So how can we make a difference?

Here at WholesalePak, we offer many types of bio-degradable packaging that are made from sustainable materials at environmentally friendly factories. If even half of the restaurants of Sydney switched to a more sustainable option for their takeaway containers, we’d be a much cleaner and healthier city.

THE EFFECTS OF LITTERING

While some litter may be recovered, the rest often makes its ways into waterways, where it affects and even kills aquatic life. Litter also blocks storm water drains, causing flooding and becoming a fire hazard. This is why it’s so important to use sustainable materials for your food packaging. You can read more about this in our blog on the unsung perks of using eco-friendly takeaway containers. These carbon neutral products are for those restaurants that truly care, so keep an eye out for them at Bondi Tony’s, Speedos, and many more!

SO HOW DO LOCAL RESTAURANTS STOP LITTERING OCCURRING?

Recyclable and biodegradable packaging breaks down much quicker than plastic, for a more environmentally friendly alternative. If you’re looking for top quality recyclable and biodegradable packaging products as an alternative to polystyrene, we specialise in eco-packaging, manufactured from fully sustainable materials.

Contact the team at WholesalePak for assistance with all of your food packaging needs. You can also send us an email if you have any questions you’d like answered.

In addition to embracing more eco-friendly packaging, it is crucial that restaurants invest in recycling and ensure their rubbish is picked up regularly. Restaurants also need to provide bins around their premises so that customers have somewhere to dispose of their rubbish.We appreciate any comments on our article, so if you have further insight into how to stop or minimise littering around Sydney restaurants, let us know on Facebook or shoot us an email!

Three Sustainable Materials Used For Food Packaging

Sustainable business practices are the future.

These days, customers are becoming increasingly conscious of their environmental impact and are increasingly concerned about the origins of the materials they use. If you are a business looking to make your food packaging more sustainable, then consider these three eco-friendly materials.

#1. FALLEN PALM LEAVES

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If you’ve ever owned a palm tree, you’ll know just how many palm fronds fall off your tree each year. They end up on the ground and eventually in the bin, so why not use all of these fallen leaves to make disposable food packaging? There are many companies that use compostable fallen palm leaves and water to create Eco-packaging with a beautiful wood-like colour and sleek texture – this way, trees no longer need to be cut down.

#2. BAMBOO

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If you are into sustainability, then you have no doubt heard about the Eco-wonder that is bamboo. Bamboo is one of the most abundant plant species on Earth and, as it is technically a grass and not wood, it is extremely fast growing and can be harvested every four to five years. This bamboo can then be pulped and pressed to create disposable food packaging. Bamboo dinnerware is 100% biodegradable and Eco-friendly, as well as being strong and sturdy. Bamboo food packaging also has a natural woody colour and smooth texture.

#3. SUGARCANE

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Sugarcane food packaging is made by processing and pressing sugarcane pulp. Like bamboo, sugar cane is fast-growing and can be harvested a lot quicker than most commercial woods. Likewise, it can be used to create sturdy and versatile dinnerware that can house a wide variety of foods. Sugarcane food packaging is becoming increasingly popular due to the fact that it is grease and water resistant, fridge and freezer safe and microwave safe (up to 220°C). Sugarcane food packaging is 100% renewable and compostable.

At WholesalePak we know that sustainable business practices are the key to a sustainable future. If you need some inspiration for sustainable food packaging, check our large range of Ecoware products.

Three Unsung Perks of Using Eco-Friendly Takeaway Containers

Sandwich wrappings, plastic containers, polystyrene coffee cups, etc… The number of things we use once and throw away is almost endless – piling high in our landfills and littering the ocean.

If you run a business that uses disposable packaging, then the solution to this huge environmental problem is simple – switch to using eco-friendly packaging.

After all, cutting out packaging that takes hundreds of years to decompose and replacing it with products like biocane plates and cups made from sugarcane pulp is far more beneficial for the preservation of our planet.

Our environmental footprint is, of course, extremely crucial to the well-being of the planet on which we inhabit, but what about your business? Here are some of the business-related perks of eco-friendly packaging that do not get as much attention as they perhaps should…

#1. IMMEDIATELY STRENGTHEN YOUR BRAND

Up until a few years ago, flying the flag for your company’s environmental credentials put you in rare company. However, with issues like global warming and ecological damage from human activity now at the forefront of sociopolitical concerns and debates, environmental matters have begun to dominate the media and shape the ways we think about the environment.

Taking this into account, many cafes and restaurants are incorporating sustainable packaging materials for their customers to use – which reflects a burning desire and an increased commitment to do their part, no matter how big or small, to help preserve the planet. Ecoware has become both trendy and essential in ensuring that your business reflects this message.

 

 

When you incorporate eco-friendly packaging into your business, you are signalling that your business is one that is ready to adopt a sense of leadership and take positive steps in order to ensure the preservation of our planet and all of its natural beauty. Your company is hence recognised as relevant, smart and caring as opposed to wasteful. As your clients become more mindful of this, they will feel more inclined to purchase your products and far more content when doing so!

#2. INCREASE CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

The best kind of business is, of course, repeat business. With this in mind, what better way is there to ensure that you keep your customers coming back than to use eco-friendly containers, which ensures a guilt-free experience for both them and for you?

Your customers are sure to be impressed by the eco-friendly packaging you provide, so much so that it may ultimately prompt them to consider your establishment as a cut above the rest; those who do not pay attention to eco-friendly packaging

By differentiating yourself from the competition through something positive, you will gain social cachet – customers will talk about your packaging and praise your business, enhancing your reputation and, therefore, your profitability.

#3. FEEL BETTER ABOUT THE WORK YOU’RE DOING

In business, just as in life, knowing that you’ve made a difference is an extremely rewarding feeling. By switching to eco-friendly packaging in your business, you will make a tangible change that greatly benefits planet Earth, makes your customers feel good about purchasing your product and may even bring you a smile or two.

At WholesalePak we are passionate about using our Ecoware products to change the world. By making the switch, you have an opportunity to to define your business as environmentally friendly, strengthen brand recognition and improve customer experience. All you have to do is make the change – you can see our range of products right here.

Why You Need Ecoware and Printed Packaging in 2016

Want your business to shine in 2016? Then you must put attention to the details; and this starts with selecting the right packaging.

IS ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY IMPORTANT TO YOUR BRAND VOICE?

By embracing the latest ecoware you demonstrate first-hand your commitment to the environment and how you wish to contribute to sustainability. Being ‘Green’ is no longer a buzz-word but a philosophy that your business adopts to reduce its carbon foot-print.

Eco-friendly packaging isn’t just about biodegradable packaging – it’s about minimising waste through the entire lifecycle of the product, from production to waste. Customers are becoming more conscious of sustainability efforts, and will look for providers that engage in environmentally safe practices. The terms disposable and take-away have negative connotations of ‘waste’ and ‘rubbish’ and ‘pollution’. Show your customers this doesn’t have to be the case by using Ecoware food packaging.

Many cafes and restaurants are now viewing eco-friendly products as must-have
I’m sure there are owners or managers who might be asking – but how much extra would all this Ecoware cost? For a disposable coffee cup – it will only cost an extra couple CENTS per cup. Not a bad price to pay for looking after the environment is it?

The environment should no longer be an afterthought in 2016, and the businesses that will shine will be those that are perceived as environmentally-conscious.

Check out our latest Ecoware range here.

HAVE A GREAT BRAND, BUT DIFFICULTY CUTTING THROUGH THE NOISE?

Branded packaging is one way you can build exposure to your business.

Do you have social media contests and hashtags you want your customers to participate in? Advertise these promotions on your coffee cups or burger boxes to help build engagement. Creativity is what will separate businesses’ in 2016 and you need to make sure you aren’t left behind!

Custom-printed packaging provides benefits outside of social media contests as well. What about that fantastic logo you have that you feel doesn’t get enough awareness? Inserting the logo in creative ways on your take-away coffee cups, containers, and boxes can really help brand recognition – just try to think of something original and don’t shy away from doing what your competitors won’t! This broad reach will maximise the impact of your marketing dollar.

Custom printed supplies can add to your brand’s voice 

Thinking for the perspective of your customers – whenever they are checking in, following, liking, friending and sharing your brand – your products will stand out thanks to your creative packaging. Food packaging doesn’t have to be bland and boring – get the competitive edge and invest in custom-printed products today!  Your customers will love you for it.

To get Custom Packaging – fill out our form here.

At WholesalePak we believe Ecoware and custom-printed food packaging will help differentiate your brand in 2016. These two approaches will help define your business as environmentally friendly while assisting with brand recognition. Don’t be left in the dark in 2016 – propel your brand with WholesalePak.