Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — Rot
First up, what’s the difference between biodegradable and compostable?
Biodegradable plastics break down very slowly unless they are put in an appropriate composting system — and it’s worth knowing that neither biodegradable
not compostable materials break down effectively in landfill due to an absence of moisture and good airflow. This means that, unless your local council
runs a commercial composting system that handles biodegradable plastics, recycling is your next best option.
So, what about recycling?
At Earthwise, all our packaging is recyclable. We use the three plastics that are most easily recycled – grades one, two and four. Our laundry powder needs
to go in airtight packaging because the environmentally-friendly ingredients that we use tend to absorb water, so we use a plastic bag made from grade
four recyclable low-density polyethylene (LDPE). LDPE is one of the most commonly recycled types of plastic in New Zealand and is one of the targets
of the Government’s Soft Plastics Recycling initiative. Launched two years ago, this initiative means that shoppers can take their packaging and plastic
bags back to the supermarket for recycling. Last year Kiwis dropped off a massive 25 million plastic bags. This initiative is spreading throughout
the country and plans to reach more than 70% of New Zealanders.
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