2 Great ways to ConserveTwo of the most identifiable points of conservation for individuals are water and energy use in the home. The majority of our water consumption typically occurs around the home, so identify where your greatest usage would be and look for ways to reduce your use. When you are ready to replace old appliances do so with low energy and low water consuming appliances, change out your showerheads to low flow showerheads and remember to water your lawn and garden after the heat of the day has passed. The energy we use in our homes can come from many different sources including dirty energy sources like coal. Reducing our use of this energy is an effort that must progress hand in hand with creating new production of cleaner renewable sources of energy like wind and solar. A great deal of our home energy use comes from heating & cooling our homes and lighting and by making a small investment and effort we can see huge savings. As individuals we have to take this mindset into the office. I remember an office manager years ago who told us all that all non critical pages of copy printed in the office had to be reused on the blank side for our faxes and other non essential printed material. She setup a box in the office where all these pages to be reused were collected blank side down and we all reused that paper when appropriate. The effect was dramatic, we all participated and after a short while we noticed that not only were we using less new paper but we also noticed that we drastically started cutting back on the amount unessential material we printed.
The Bottom LineThe bottom line is conservation saves money, it saves us from having to produce more new energy, and it is not difficult to incorporate into one.s lifestyle. There are tons of information on what you can do to conserve our resources and our combined efforts can help to stem our out of control use of these resources.
- Replacing your light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs cost between $3 – $5 per bulb but yield a savings of $40 – $50 per bulb during their lifetime. Energy efficient bulbs typically use ¼ the wattage of traditional bulbs and they last 3 – 4 times as long.g.
- Adjusting your heating in wintertime and your air conditioning in summertime by 2 degrees can lower your air/heating bill by 25% and saves about ½ of a ton in carbon emissions every year.
- Buy local! Purchase meats, fruits and vegetables from local producers, most are available at your local market. Fruits, vegetables and meats produced out of state or out of the country must be shipped or trucked to your market increasing each out of state item.s carbon footprint. Also look for organic foods which use less fertilizers and pesticides creating a greener environment.
- When possible use a toaster over instead of your larger conventional oven for heating up smaller meals, also a microwave will use about ¼ as much energy to heat you meals as your toaster or stovetop.
- Lower your water use and save money with low flow showerheads which typically cost $10 and can save as much as $80 in water costs per year. Water your lawn after dark to reduce losing water to evaporation during the day.
- When installing new old hardwood floors or replacing older floors, use bamboo instead of more traditional hardwoods. Bamboo acts like a hardwood, which is perfect for flooring, but bamboo can be harvested every 5 years which means no forests are destroyed.
- Make sure your car is well tuned and your tires are properly inflated to save gas. Carpool or take public transportation when available.
- Take your name off of junk mailing lists. The junk mail we receive each year consumes 100 million trees each year and by taking yourself off their lists you will save a fully mature tree every 3 years.
- Get your information online and save money, unsubscribe to newspapers and save.
Environmental Enterprises are Importers/wholesalers based in Sydney of fully certified compostable catering & packaging products. Supply Australia wide to Govt Depts, private enterprise, schools, Uni’s, Tafes, Clubs, Restaurants, Catering outlets, Festivals, Shows & the general consumer.
A family owned & operated environmental packaging company since 1997 & the first in Australia. Original suppliers to the Sydney Olympic Games (2000) & Melbourne Commonwealth Games (2006)
Environmental Enterprises is a certified Carbon Neutral Business (CRI), member of the ABA (Australasian Bioplastics Assoc),WMAA (Waste Management Assoc of Aust),Compost Australia(CA)
SEA(Sustainable Event Alliance),Zero Waste Aust, and a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant(APC)
Sugarcane Fibre products
Our Sugarcane fibre products are made from bagasse, the pulp material remaining after the extraction of the sugar-bearing juice from sugarcane. This fibre by-product can be turned into products normally made from plastic or paper and avoids the pollution from the normal burning of sugarcane pulp after juice extraction. Sugarcane is a readily renewable resource
These products have no plastic or wax coating and are a far superior alternative to polystyrene, plastic and paper products.
The sugarcane fibre products are fully compostable. These products will usually compost within 30 days in a commercial composting facility and 90 days in a home composting system.
Our preference is to carry unbleached products (a natural light brown colour) where possible and we are moving towards this as more product lines become available. However, some product lines are only available bleached (white).
- suitable for hot and cold food (not under direct flame)
- microwave safe
- complies with US FDA specifications (US FDA 21 CFR 176.170)
PLA Cold Clear Cups, Containers, bottles, lids & Straws
Our clear products are made from PLA which stands for “Polylactide” and is produced by Natureworks, LLC. It is derived from corn sugar or dextrose that comes from plants with starch. The dextrose is fermented and distilled into lactic acid. The lactic acid is then transformed into plastic-like resin called PLA, which can be used in conventional plastic machines. PLA comes from renewable resources.
The PLA products are compostable. These products will usually compost within 47 days in a commercial composting facility and may take 12 months or more in a home composting system. Best results in a commercial composting facility.
Cold PLA products have a temperature resistance between -20º to 50ºC.
They are NOT suitable for hot liquids. Has shelf life of 2-5yrs.
Our clear containers are comparable in strength and weight to normal plastic, yet they are made from readily renewable resources. They are compostable as compared to the petroleum based plastic items which are polluting and do not break down.
- suitable for cold drinks/food only
- can go in a fridge & freezer safe to -40C
- certified compostable to ASTM D6400 (US standard)
- can be printed or unprinted
Our standard cutlery range is made from a cellulose based polymer, which is predominantly composed of natural resource materials. Its performance is similar to conventional thermoplastics but is completely biodegradable & compostable. All our cutlery range comes from readily renewable resources.
These products will usually compost within 180 days in a commercial composting facility and may take 12 months or more in a home/school composting system. Best results are achieved in a commercial composting facility.
Our cutlery products are sturdy as compared to the petroleum based plastic cutlery which are polluting and do not break down.
- Suitable for hot and cold liquids and food up to 85 degrees
- Certified compostable to DIN EN 13432 (European standard) and ASTM D6400 (US standard)
Our compostable bags are made from Mater-Bi, a corn starch based polymer & are manufactured in Australia
These products will usually compost within 10 to 45 days when in contact with optimal composting conditions. Shelf life of 2-5yrs
- Suitable for organic waste
- Certified compostable to EN13432 (European standard) and ASTM D6400 (US standard) & AS 4736 Aust Std(commercial composting) & AS 5810 Aust Std(home composting)
- Can be printed or unprinted
- Custom made to your requirements
- Based on renewable resources
- Certified as biodegradable & compostable in an industrial composting environment to EN 13432,ASTM D6400,Din Certco, BPI & AS 4736
- Pending certification for compostable in a home composting environment AS 4454/2012
- Excellent moisture barrier
- Heat-sealable on both sides
- Formulated for enhanced print & conversion receptivity
- Excellent transparency & gloss
- Superb dead-fold properties
- Controlled slip characteristics
- Good barrier to gases & aroma
- Resistant to oils & greases
- Cold-seal compatible
For more infornmation on our customer’s products, contact Wayne on (02) 9634 5697/0417 206 755 [email protected]