UNDERSTANDING COMPOSTABILITY

UNDERSTANDING COMPOSTABILITY

HOME COMPOSTABILITY VS INDUSTRIAL COMPOSTABILITY There are 3 dominant internationally recognised compostability certification institutions, namely: TUV, Biodegradable Products Institute and DIN CERTCO. And then there is the Australasian Bioplastics Association. These...
MICROPLASTICS THE PYRENEES MOUNTAINS

MICROPLASTICS THE PYRENEES MOUNTAINS

AIRBORNE MICROPLASTICS HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED IN THE PYRENEES MOUNTAINS  Airborne microplastics have been discovered in the most remote regions of the Pyrenees Mountains, which was previously considered pristine wilderness. The nearest major city, Toulouse, is about...
WHAT IS PLA?

WHAT IS PLA?

PLA PLASTICS ARE DEFINED AS BIOPLASTICS Most plastics are derived from the distillation and polymerization of nonrenewable petroleum reserves, but Polylactic Acid (PLA) is different. Instead of traditional petroleum, PLA utilises renewable resources like corn starch...
MICROPLASTICS: SMALL PLASTIC, BIG PROBLEM

MICROPLASTICS: SMALL PLASTIC, BIG PROBLEM

Image: David Liittschwager WHAT ARE MICROPLASTICS? As much as 12.7 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year and whilst some of it is obvious, not all plastic in the ocean is visible to the naked eye. Microplastics are very small pieces of plastic that...
THE UGLY TRUTH: OXO-DEGRADABLE PLASTIC

THE UGLY TRUTH: OXO-DEGRADABLE PLASTIC

GREENWASHING & WHY WE’VE FALLEN FOR IT We are all aware of the devastating affects plastic pollution has on our planet. We recycle, we save water, we say no to single-use traditional petroleum-based plastics (or at least we should be doing these things) and...
BIOPLASTIC BASICS

BIOPLASTIC BASICS

Petroleum-based plastic takes so much time to break down that every plastic item ever created still exists in some form on the planet. Plastic disintegrates into smaller and smaller pieces or microplastics. These are eventually absorbed into the environment, causing...