Plastics have become a controversial subject when it comes to food packaging, however in the right circumstances they are a necessary part of our lives. How we choose to utilise them is the key to a sustainable future.
Many plastics are made from PET (polyethylene terephthalate) – a strong, durable material that is used for soft drink bottles, food containers and protein trays.
PET is generally considered a “safe” plastic, as it does not contain BPA (bisphenol A) an industrial chemical used to make certain plastics and resins. BPA, in the presence of heat, can leach a toxic metalloid into food and beverages.
PET is also a highly recyclable plastic material. That means those bottles and containers can be fully recycled into an rPET (polyethylene terephthalate) product. And they’re not down-graded to a park bench; they return suitable for food usage, in such ways as drink cups. rPET products are lightweight, affordable, shatter resistant, resealable and, most important of all, are again easily recyclable.
Our EcoSmart products contain at least 50% recycled content, and are recyclable within our current infrastructure – creating an opportunity to transform waste into a valuable resource. This means there’s less waste going into landfill, and the plastic returns into the recycle loop to provide further use for a second, third and even ninth time.
This is where the circular economy comes in. In a circular economy, we keep resources for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each product life.
The circular economy is an alternative to the traditional linear economy.
By reducing the amount of fossil fuel resources, rPET products have a lower carbon footprint than virgin plastics, divert material from landfill and can themselves be recycled.
Our Eco-smart food containers are made using 50% Australian postconsumer waste. By making the switch to products using recycled materials.
This initiative supports the recycling economy and aligns with the APCO 2025 packaging targets by utilising recycled materials and being widely recyclable in Australia and New Zealand.
We are proud to be working towards the Australian Packaging
Covenant (APCO) 2025 Packaging Targets.
1. We strive to design our packaging to be fully reusable, recyclable or
2. We strive to use 50% of recycled contents in our plastic packaging
3. We strive to eliminate problematic and unnecessary packaging
through design, innovation or introduction of alternatives