The War on Waste AU is a hot of topic of conversation this morning after it was aired again on ABC last night. Waste has concerned me for a long while since starting Bubcarrier 6 years ago. We are a small business and I know how many plastic mail bags and how much bubble wrap we were using, and it disturbed me to think how much plastic waste the big online retailers would produce.
I am so conscious of sustainability in our home. We compost all our food scraps, we grow some vegetables and have joined a local organic food co-op with another 20 families to buy most of our fruit and vegetables. This change has reduced our plastic waste in our house significantly as the products are purchased in bulk directly from the markets (its also cheaper and organic which is a big bonus for us!). We also recycle everything that we can, including recycling all our soft plastics at Coles in the REDcycle program (everything from bread bags to pasta packets and muesli bar wrappers to toy packaging).
At Bubcarrier we are also now trying to assist with this war on waste. The 3 x 50 metre roll of bubble wrap that we would have once used is now replaced by a small Geami WrapPak box. The Geami WrapPak is made from sustainably sourced brown-patented die cut Kraft paper.
This package wrapping has some benefits compared to the bubble wrap that we once used. It is a nice small compact box that is recyclable, can be composted, and is 100% biodegradable. We have reduced our carbon footprint and space required to store the packaging. We don't need to use sticky tape either as the wrap doesn't require it. We use recycled paper for our packing slips, our mail bags are made from recycled plastic, and the plastic strip that comes off the mail bags are recycled with our plastic bags at Coles in the Redcycle program.
I find our products that we sell are not over packaged in over sized boxes and there are generally no inner plastic bags which I am quite pleased about. We encourage all our customers to recycle their mail bags with their soft plastics ( please cut off the mailing label first) and recycle the boxes in their recycling bins.
If we all do our small part our future earth and animals might be in a better place for our children to enjoy if we start acting now. .
Header Photo Source: REDcycle
Phote 3 Source: http://www.tippecanoewaste.org/guide/bubble-wrap/