Do you want to join the thousands of Australians who have taken the leap to live more sustainably? Biotuff is passionate about encouraging a more sustainable life for future generations and the health and well-being of our planet. They share their top tips on how to live a more eco-friendly existence.

  Sustainable? What does it all mean, and how do you create a more sustainable way of living? Living more sustainably allows us to fulfil our everyday needs without compromising future generations.

The facts are clear that the planet needs our help, and it starts in the way we shop, the products we choose to use in our everyday lives, what we eat, and what we throw away. The excellent news is that everyone can do their part to help the planet’s health, and with a bit of understanding and making small changes often, we can have a lasting impact and make a real change.

Tips On Being Sustainable

Sustainability starts in the home. Creating a family plan around environmental choices can help put the planet’s health at the forefront of your busy life. This can include:

  • Choosing only to purchase compostable bioplastics for home and office use.
  • Being dedicated to composting in the home.
  • Reducing the amount of food you waste.
  • Buying second-hand and quality reusable items.
  • Choosing to abolish traditional plastic use in your home altogether.
  • Repair rather than throw-away.
  • Stop ‘wishcycling’ and start consciously recycling.
  • Encourage local councils to only provide compostable bin liners.
  • Become a Food Organic Green Organic (FOGO) ambassador with your local council.

There is no doubt that traditional plastic is terrible for the environment. However, our insatiable need for the use of plastic has seen traditional plastic production continue to rise.

With many consumers growing up in the plastic boom era, ditching this highly consumed and convenient product has many disregarding the problem, sadly leaving it in the hands of our children. Even though most of the world’s population understands the need to remove plastic from our environment, we’ve seen a drastic increase in production, with global plastic production almost doubling since the year 2000. According to statics, it is projected that global production of plastics will increase to 445.25 million metric tons in 2025.

Switching from traditional plastic items to compostable bioplastics can bridge the gap between the good and the bad. Today many top manufacturers, like Biotuff, provide quality bioplastics that are compostable in the home or industrial facility. From bin liners to cling wrap, kitchen gloves, sandwich bags and nappy bags, dog waste bags. Choosing to abolish plastic in your home entirely is a big step in the right eco-friendly direction.

Top Tips For Councils & Businesses

Councils can extenuate their eco-friendly stance for their communities and lead the way with more environmentally conscious choices. From only providing compostable bin liners and allowing access to dog waste bags that are 100% eco-friendly to fast-tracking Food Organic Green Organic collections (FOGO). As leaders in their communities, local councils are pivotal in pushing the environmentally friendly stance and paving the way for a better future for their districts.

Local businesses can also get on board! It’s time to consider investing in compostable and certified bioplastic bags for use in retail stores, butchers, and fresh produce shops. This is a big step in the right direction for our future generations. The Biotuff products are not only certified compostable options, but they are also safe and non-toxic for food storage. From compostable bioplastic bags to compostable disposable kitchen gloves – businesses can switch to become green warriors in their local communities.

#EcoFact – compostable bioplastics are made from biomass sources such as plastarch material (PSM), a biodegradable thermoplastic resin derived from renewable corn starch. These naturally break down, leaving no toxic residue in the environment. Always check your bioplastics are 100% compostable and have the correct Australian Certifications – Australian Standards accredited certified compostable AS4736 and AS5810.

Cutting Out Food Waste

According to the 2021 Rabobank Food Waste Report, the national food waste bill is approximately 10.3 billion dollars, enough to feed around 1.1 million households. With the average Australian household wastes around 11% of the food they buy. That’s an awful lot of food ending up in landfills, creating toxic greenhouse gasses for our environment.

Food waste is not only costly for the family, but it is also detrimental to our environment. However, with some thought, you can drastically reduce the food you waste and transform the weekly scraps into nutrient-rich golden soil.

Tips To Reduce Food Waste

  • Meal plan – weekly meal plans can stop impulse buying of the products you are more likely to throw away.
  • Shopping List – make a detailed shopping list and stick to it.
  • Get creative with your leftovers.
  • Collect your kitchen waste for composting.
  • If you do not have Food Organic Green Organic (FOGO) collection reach out to your local council.
  • Start home composting.

#EcoFact – Did you know how many reusable cotton tote bags end up in landfill after their lifetime? In fact, they have a much bigger carbon footprint when you consider the energy it takes to create them, plus they also end up in landfills once they start to degrade. Instead, consider investing in compostable reusable tote bags. These are strong and reliable, and once their lifetime has expired, they will naturally break down and not add to the landfill problems of the world.

Understanding The Circular Economy 

The throw-away economic system we live in is one of the main problems our environment is drastically suffering. The circular economy is an essential framework that targets climate change, pollution, and waste while addressing critical social aspects and biodiversity. In addition, understanding and encouraging a circular economy can help create employment while cutting emissions and pollution.

At Biotuff, we believe it’s time to stop viewing trash as something we throw into the landfill and start looking at our waste as a resource we can reuse or transform back into soil.

Changes in how we shop, the products we buy, and how we dispose of these products can literally be a lifesaver for our planet.

The world creates waste from precious resources that are said to be 1.7 times more than what the earth can support – meaning the earth will take around one year and eight months to regenerate what we use in a year. This is not sustainable, and we all need to take steps to reduce this type of living.

The fantastic news is that the circular economy can be applied to all businesses, corporations, and individuals. It’s all about changing how we shop and promoting reusable products and those that can be broken down – cue the compostable Biotuff products! Taking power back by how we shop and the businesses we support. Making a conscious choice to ensure our options are in line with the health of the planet.

#EcoFact – not all biodegradable products are created equally. Sadly this term is tarnished as some biodegradable products contain fossil fuels and are no better for our environment compared to traditional plastic. Additionally, biodegradable plastics do not have the certifications and standards that compostable products require. Always check for the certification standards on your biodegradable/compostable products and only support businesses that stick to these standards.

How Do I Ensure The Products I Choose Are Environmentally Sound?

Sadly many standard environmental terms have quickly become tarnished and used in misleading marketing campaigns designed to attract the eco-friendly consumer. The creation of plastic is a multi-billion dollar industry, and it’s no surprise that those who make traditional plastics quickly changed their marketing to ensure they took a slice of the pie from bioplastics. ‘Greenwashing’ is a well-known and unethical method which some businesses use to mislead the public into thinking the products they are purchasing are sound eco-friendly products, when they are not. Standards and certifications are catching up. However, it is up to the consumer to ensure the products they purchase meet these standards. It’s about educating yourself and your friends and family to ensure the products you invest in meet your expectations for composting and the eco-friendly stance they make. Biotuff suggests looking for these logos when purchasing bioplastics to ensure they meet the correct certifications.

With some simple changes, you can make a difference and encourage a better future for our children. Sustainable living will hopefully be the ‘normal way of life’ in the very near future. The quicker we can move into this new transition, the faster we can help our planet and the future environment for the next generation.

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