Biodegradable, Degradable and Re-Used Packing Materials
Posted on 12 August 2014 by Leonie Satori
For all of our online orders at Sundala Health, we are now proudly using a combination of Re-Used, Biodegradable and Degradable packing materials to send orders to our customers. Over time we have refined our packing methods and drastically reduced our environmental footprint by introducing green packing methods. For those receiving their goodies via our online store, this can mean that your order will arrive in a variety of environmentally aware packing materials. The list below outlines the Re-Used, Biodegradable and Degradable packing materials used to ship your order to you in an environmentally safe condition:
Re-Used Bubble Wrap: we receive much of our stock from our suppliers packaged in bubble wrap that may not necessarily be degradable. We encourage you to, where possible to keep the cycle alive by re-using any bubble wrap for your own purposes.
Cardboard Boxes We prefer to use cardboard boxes rather than plastic single-use satchels for our online orders. This cardboard packaging can be re-used or put into your local re-cycling bins, cardboard without a shiny backing may also be added to your garden compost to feed your garden worms – just remember to remove any plastic tape wrapping before you compost any cardboard boxes.
Re-Used Brown Paper Packaging Many of our environmentally aware product suppliers now ship our stock using brown paper packing materials which is ideal for us to re-use when packing and shipping orders. We have also introduced brown paper bags to package smaller items as a replacement for plastic courier bags; we have found this a simple and effective replacement for single use plastic mailing bags. Brown paper packing is biodegradable and can be re-used, composted in your garden or put into your re-cycling bins.
Re-Used Biodegradable Packing Noodles Some of our suppliers make use of biodegradable packing noodles or ‘peanuts’ for shipping stock to our warehouse, we like to make use of these in packing up our orders. These biodegradable packing noodles are suitable for composting; simply wet them down before composting so that they do not blow into your neighbour’s yard.
Degradable Bubble Wrap When our supply of re-usable bubble wrap is running low we make use of degradable bubble wrap for delicate items and products packaged in glass. This eco-bubblewrap has been manufactured with an organic additive that causes the plastic to degrade through a series of chemical and biological processes. Microbes found in the environment will consume the plastic and lessen the damage on to the environment. This particular bubble wrap can be identified by its light green colour and is produced with 100% environmentally friendly raw materials and is EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) free. The low density polyethylene resins made with HCFC and CFC free gasses help accelerate the degradation rate. This one of the only packing materials that we introduce into our packaging of products for our online orders; however this is a necessity for shipping items safely throughout Australia.
Biodegradable Packing Tape We have recently introduced cellulose packing tape into our warehouse packing material supplies. Regular packing tape is neither degradable nor for the most part re-usable, so we have specifically sourced packing tape that is safer for the environment and also biodegradable. Please note that because our packaging and boxes are re-used or re-purposed not all of the tape used to pack your order will be biodegradable.
We encourage all of our loyal customers to keep the cycle alive by re-using, re-purposing or re-cycling all of the materials using in packing and shipping their purchases. Ultimately we would like all of our product suppliers to follow suit and reduce their environmental footprint, it just takes a little organisation, experimentation and lateral thinking, and packing and shipping need not be detrimental to the environment.
About the Author
Leonie is a Naturopath & Medical Herbalist with a passion for good food, healthy living and of course, herbal medicine. When she is not consulting in her Naturopathic clinic in Lismore or blogging about nutrition, Ayurvedic Medicine or natural health, she is studying yoga, growing her own herbs and vegetables or quietly walking in the natural bush land in Northern Rivers NSW.
Contact our health centre in Lismore to book an appointment with Leonie in our naturopathic clinic.