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Bioplastics better than total recycling for UK plastic waste target

Bioplastics better than total recycling for UK plastic waste target

A report from bioeconomy consultants NNFCC has found that for Britain to meet its target of eliminating avoidable plastic waste by 2042, recycling alone is insufficient and must be complemented by bioplastics.

Biodegradable plant-based plastics could form a base for a world-leading research industry, the report suggests. It highlights that half of plastic packages are unviable for recycling.

Read more : https://www.britishplastics.co.uk/Environment/bioplastics-better-than-total-recycling-for-uk-plastic-waste/

Fruit and veg come in their own natural wrapping. Why do we smother them in plastic?

Fruit and veg come in their own natural wrapping. Why do we smother them in plastic?

Fruit and veg come in their own natural wrapping. Why do we smother them in plastic?

When I arrive home from a big shop, or receive a delivery, I spend 10 minutes unwrapping packaging and putting it in the bin, renaturing my fresh fruit and vegetables before I’m able to cook them.

Plastic is choking our oceans, polluting our waterways and even contaminating our food, but it still dominates our shelves. More than 300m tonnes of it is produced each year, according to (pdf) trade association Plastics Europe. In the UK, just a third of plastic packaging used for consumer products gets recycled.

Fruit and vegetables are washable and often come in their own – compostable – wrapping designed by nature. Yet we choose to display them in plastic trays, themselves cling-wrapped in another layer of plastic.

Full article here : https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2017/jun/28/fruit-vegetables-plastic-packaging-food-relationship-pollution

How New York Is Turning Food Waste Into Compost and Gas

How New York Is Turning Food Waste Into Compost and Gas

How New York Is Turning Food Waste Into Compost and Gas

City officials hope to divert organic refuse from landfills. Where will it all go?

New Yorkers already have blue and green bins for recycling glass, metal, paper and plastic. But now brown bins for organic waste are starting to appear all over the city. These plastic totems are part of the city’s multimillion-dollar campaign to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on landfills, and to turn food scraps and yard waste into compost and, soon, clean energy.

In the 19th century, the city had a simple method for dealing with organic rubbish: It enlisted scavenging swine to nose through the gutters for leftovers. Now, the city is employing the primal chemistry of decay.

About 14 million tons of waste are thrown out each year. It costs the city almost $400 million annually just to ship what it collects from homes, schools and government buildings (by rail, barge or truck) to incinerators or landfills as far away as South Carolina. (In addition, dozens of private companies put trucks on the road to take away refuse from office buildings and businesses.)

The largest single portion of the trash heap is organics, or things that were once living. That apple core, that untouched macaroni salad, that slice of pizza and the greasy paper plate it was served on are heavy with moisture, which makes shipping expensive. As they decompose, they release methane, a greenhouse gas.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/nyregion/compost-organic-recycling-new-york-city.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0

Interview Menu and More

Interview Menu and More

Interview Menu and More

Was hat Sie veranlasst, sich für kompostierbare Shopper Taschen von BioApply zu entscheiden ?

Ein Plastiksack wird durchschnittlich nur gerade 25 Minuten benutzt. Seine Herstellung verbraucht Erdöl und benötigt viel Energie, bei seiner Verbrennung wird Dioxin freigesetzt. Die Säcke, die im Grünen oder in einem See landen, zersetzen sich erst nach Jahrhunderten. Darum sollte es in der Schweiz eigentlich längst keine Plastiktüten mehr geben, das Parlament beschloss dies bereits 2012.

Doch umgesetzt ist bislang nichts. Wer wie menuandmore täglich über 12‘000 Kinder und Jugendliche und damit die Generation von morgen verpflegt, trägt eine ganz besondere Verantwortung und wartet nicht auf gesetzliche Vorgaben, wenn etwas Sinnvolles getan werden kann. Deshalb werden die Frischprodukte für Mittagstische wie Salate, Früchte und Gemüse heute in den kompostierbaren Shopper Taschen „Compo-Bag“ abgepackt und klimaneutral ausgeliefert. Da wir die verantwortungsvollste Verpflegungsanbieterin in der Schweiz sein möchten, war für uns der Wechsel von klassischen Einwegplastiksäcken zu den kompostierbaren Shopper Taschen im 2015 eine Selbstverständlichkeit.

Wie wurden diese von Ihren Kunden aufgenommen ?

Unsere Kunden haben den Wechsel sehr positiv wahrgenommen. Die Compo-Bags werden von den Kunden gerne genutzt und unterstützen unser Image der verantwortungsvollen Anbieterin für Kinder- und Jugendverpflegung.

Womit begründen Sie Ihren Kunden gegenüber den Wechsel zu kompostierbaren Shopper Taschen ?

Die kompostierbaren Shopper Taschen sind aus nachwachsenden Rohstoffen hergestellt und können gleich zweimal genutzt werden. Zuerst für die Lieferung der Frischprodukte und dann für die ökologische Entsorgung von Rüstabfällen im Kompost oder von Essensresten in der Vergärungsanlage. Fast ein Sechstel des Schweizer Haushaltabfalls besteht aus Lebensmitteln.

Mittlerweile landen pro Person mehr als 30 Kilogramm Lebensmittel im Abfallsack. Wenn Lebensmittel nicht mehr konsumiert werden können, können die menuandmore-Kunden seit 2015 zur Entsorgung die zertifizierten Compo-Bags nutzen. Sie ermöglichen das hygienische Sammeln von Bioabfällen, sind umweltfreundlich, sauber, stark und nässebeständig und zu 100 Prozent kompostierbar. Der Compo-Bag kann je nach Inhalt dem Kompost oder je nach Gemeinde der Grüngutabfuhr zugefügt werden.

Startups among Switzerland’s flagbearers of the European Business Awards

Startups among Switzerland’s flagbearers of the European Business Awards

Startups among Switzerland’s flagbearers of the European Business Awards

Sophia Genetics, BioApply and senseFly are the national champions of Switzerland in the European Business Awards together with nine large companies. These will bear the flagship as the most innovative businesses in the country. Out of 33’000 submitted businesses, 636 National Champions from 34 countries were awarded.

European Business Awards (EBA) is Europe’s largest business competition to celebrate business excellence and best practice in the European business community. This year the EBA was carried out for the 10th time to celebrate the most innovative businesses from the participating European nations. The award plays a significant role in the development of a stronger and more successful business community in Europe. It enables companies of all sizes and industries to compare themselves to and learn from the very best in Europe.

Read the full article here : http://startupticker.ch/en/news/september-2016/startups-among-switzerland-s-flagbearers-of-the-european-business-awards