Why Customers want Eco-friendly Packaging

by Joanne Svendsen | 05-11-2018

Consumers are driving the move to environmentally sustainable packaging in order to:

1. Reinforce their social responsibility to the planet and future generations by protecting our environment
2. Help reduce their carbon footprint by using biodegradable, non-toxic and sustainable resources, manufactured not to emit dangerous green-house gases
3. Reduce everyday waste and reliance on petroleum-based resources
4. Support concern for our environment as a “Movement” among people. 

Did you know?

Divers have uncovered a plastic bag 36,000ft (10,898m) below the surface of the Pacific in the Mariana Trench, the world’s deepest ocean trench. Source: Jamstec

The market responds

In an important move to reduce harmful petroleum-based plastics entering our environment, most major supermarkets and large retailers, like Countdown and The Warehouse Group, will cease supplying single-use plastic carry bags by the beginning of 2019.  Other NZ retailers are required to follow suit by mid next year. 

Most customers are familiar with reusable carry bag alternatives readily available from leading supermarkets such as Progressive Enterprises (Countdown) and Foodstuffs (New World). Now available are compostable, biodegradable disposable bags!

Save a mountain on compostable bags, bin liners and disposable cups

Great news! There is now a range of compostable alternatives available for bin liners and rubbish bags. n3 supplier, Spicers has introduced a range of fully certified compostable bags that are environmentally friendly as they are made from corn starch. Corn is a cheap, readily available and sustainable source of bioplastics, that, when composted correctly, will break down into carbon dioxide and water in several months - unlike petroleum-based plastics that are with us forever as they reduce into ever smaller, dangerous particles. 

All n3 members receive special n3 pricing and can purchase these compostable bags and other products from Spicers. 

Their range includes tidy liners, bin liners, wheelie bin liners and carry bags (and more). 

Spicers compostable bags are:

  • Designed for durability, they stretch to provide excellent resistance to both puncturing and tearing
  • Ideal for food waste composting
  • Customisable with your brand using water based eco-friendly inks for printing (MOQ’s apply)
  • Fully tested and internationally certified
  • Landfill friendly
  • 100% sustainable raw materials
  • 100% plastic free
  • Organic renewable resource

Wanting eco-friendly disposable cups and plastic drinking straw alternatives?

For those companies who provide disposable water cooler cups, n3 supplier, Big Blue have introduced biodegradable and compostable cups for hot and cold drinks. The benefits of using Big Blue’s Green Cup are:

  • Paper used to make Big Blue’s disposable cups are FSC certified, having been sustainably sourced from renewable forests
  • Waterproof, the paper cup is laid down with a membrane made of PLA 100% biodegradable indigo resin.
  • Polylactic acid or PLA, is a plastic substitute made from fermented plant starch (usually corn). PLA is quickly becoming a popular alternative to traditional petroleum-based plastics. Starch from corn kernels is processed into a biopolymer that looks, acts, and performs like petroleum-based plastics.
  • Printing inks used are biodegradable vegetable based
  • Big Blue’s Green cups are approved to NZ Waste Compost Standard 4454

And, if you like to enjoy your drink through a straw, n3 supplier Southern Hospitality provide a range of food-grade stainless steel and paper straws.  They are easy to clean.  After use, simply rinse them under the tap, then pop them into the dishwasher or use a cleaning brush

For disposable straws, try their Biopack straws, made from FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper sourced from managed plantations.

Take a look at their full range here.

It's great to see the reusable carry bag becoming a preferred alternative to single-use plastic bags. Read how one n3 supplier offers eco-friendly products that pave the way for sustainability. It's great to see the reusable carry bag becoming a preferred alternative to single-use plastic bags. Read how one n3 supplier offers eco-friendly products that pave the way for sustainability.


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