WHAT WE'RE DOING TO REDUCE PLASTIC USE
Around a year ago we released a newsletter article highlighting the Australian recycling crisis following China’s refusal to accept our refuse. Prior to the launch of Bondi Wash, we experimented with glass packaging and found that breakage was high and thus dangerous having glass shards in the kitchen, laundry or bathroom - hence the decision for our packaging to be in clear recyclable (at the time) packaging. We think deeply about what we’re doing for the environment and give careful thought to the implications of our packaging on the environment. Over the past year we have released a glass bottled Hand Wash along with larger 5L refillable Floor Wash and Hand Wash to promote alternatives to single use bottles. We are soon to launch a Bench Spray concentrate encased in a fully recyclable aluminium bottle, along with a Laundry Bar and Shampoo Bar packaged in paper boxes - both recyclable and biodegradable. We will keep you updated on our more sustainable options but please do pass on feedback or suggestions as we try to limit our plastic consumption. We always listen to your feedback.
In a report issued by the World Economic Forum, plastic production is expected to double in the next 20 years and Australia is working on promoting technology that converts plastic into fuel or energy. One process involves incinerators that burn plastic and other waste to produce enough heat and steam to turn turbine blades and generate electricity. Another process is called gasification, melting plastics at high temperatures in the near-absence of oxygen to generate synthetic gas. The newest technology is called pyrolysis, whereby plastics are shredded and melted at low temperatures (again in the near absence of oxygen) to break down plastic polymers into smaller hydrocarbons which can be refined to fuel or new plastics. China already has over 300 waste-to-energy plants with the view to open more. We will keep you updated on Australia’s efforts to tackle the recycling issue and will continue to offer more sustainable options.