We all know how damaging plastic is for our environment. Sometimes it is only used for a few minutes but it will take over 400 years to disappear and in today’s life it is nearly impossible to avoid.
In 2016-17 Australia consumed over 3,5 million tonnes of plastic. Only 12% ended up being recycled and out of that over 56% was sent overseas for processing. Most of those countries do not want to take our rubbish anymore.
The average Australian throws out 118kg of plastic and 206 glass jars/bottles per year.
I’m not sure about you, but when I think about that, my heart breaks.
Great, I always choose glass over plastic, you say.
Yes, glass is definitely better. But there is a drawback: unfortunately, over the last few years, we have been collecting tonnes of it because we just don’t know where to put it.
The sad truth is that it is cheaper to buy imported glass bottles than to recycle used ones.
When we started Amber Drop Honey, we wanted to do something good by saving bees. Our aim is to make decisions that are environmentally friendly, that’s why we:
– use glass over plastic jars
– offer refunds to customers that return their empty honey jars
– use Sendle (a courier service that is a B-corp and carbon neutral)
– use paper bags, and pack our online orders with cardboard instead of bubble wrap
But we are not stopping there!
Our main frustration is that there are not enough environmentally friendly solutions out there for end consumers to be able to make the right choice.
So, we went looking for a compostable solution to package our honey in and we found it!
Introducing the compostable honey pouch:
This pouch is made out of bioplastic that is
compostable at home in 180-300 days.
Simply cut open and decant your honey into a jar.
Once you are done, peel off the label (we are working on compostable labels, but bear with us for a bit) and put the pouch in your compost or bury it in your garden.
If you don’t have a garden or access to a compost bin, don’t worry. Just return the pouches to us and we can do the composting for you.
This type of packaging also reduces the need for copious amounts of cardboard to protect glass jars when we post them. We now use Sendle compostable bags as well as the The Betterpackaging.co to post the pouches.
We are just a growing business in regional Australia, how can we possible make this mainstream?
With the help of individuals like yourself, of course!
So why is using compostable materials for packaging not common practice right now?
Compostable materials are fairly new in the market and as such more expensive than the current plastic alternatives which are unfortunately, dirt-cheap. The minimum orders also mean small businesses might find it a bit scary to try this for themselves. And the big guys, well, most of them have profit, not planet as their main priority.
This is only stage one and there is a bigger and better goal we are aiming for. But, one step at a time…