Using PLA based packaging and products could provide users with a “point of difference marketing edge.” Putting a “natural product in a natural package” is more relevant now than ever before.
PLA products “goes back to nature.”
The payoff can be even more direct, as in helping users avoid a “green tax” on packaging (as in Germany) or in meeting any future strict disposal regulations (as in Japan and Taiwan) and/or could be utilized for carbon credits in any future carbon emissions trading scheme introduced in Australia or elsewhere.
An improved profile of being a responsible retailer/supplier. A far better image in the market place and community.
A natural product in a natural package.
Less pressure on both domestic and commercial garbage disposal. Will help to promote domestic composting. Can reduce waste removal costs for local government and municipalities.
The Future of Biodegradable packaging
It is difficult to estimate the total market size for bioplastics, but estimates put global consumption in 2006 at around 85,000 tonnes. In contrast, global consumption of all flexible packaging is estimated at around 12.3 million tonnes.
COPA (Committee of Agricultural Organisation in the European Union) and COGEGA (General Committee for the Agricultural Cooperation in the European Union) have made an assessment that the global market for plastics will reach 220 million tonnes by the end of this year (2010).
Even with production of bioplastic increasing exponentially at more than 100% pa it can only replace a small percentage.
The inability for bioplastics combined to meet the current and future demands becomes more apparent when the The European Bioplastics trade group predicts annual capacity of biodegradable plastics in total would only be able to triple to 1.5 million tons by 2011.
Natureworks Packaging Australia (NPA) is a supplier of biodegradable packaging and products to Australia and Asia. NPA together with its international partners produce and supply biodegradable and compostable shopping bags, trash bags, cups, lids, labeling, containers, packaging wrap and other items. Our range of environmentally sound products totals nearly 300 and growing, which means there are few areas of packaging that we cannot assist in providing an alternative to petroleum based items
There was a time when conventional petroleum-based plastic disposables were the latest, greatest solution to everyday living — convenient to use and easy to dispose of. But the proliferation of disposable plastics has come back to haunt us, from overflowing landfills and oceans polluted with plastic refuse, to dwindling oil supplies and rising costs.
Confusion about which products are legitimately biodegradable
There’s a vast difference in how long it takes for different materials to break down
What to do?
Benefits of biodegradable and compostable products