Recycleable Plastics

Thicker plastic: not an eco packaging solution

South Africa’s urban landscape is almost defined by the torn and shredded plastic shopping bags that block gutters and cling to fences and building walls. In an attempt to address the problem, thicker plastic bags were introduced at all shopping outlets. The bags are designed to be more durable and reusable, and consumers have to purchase them at minimal fee.

Unfortunately, the solution has proven to be a false one. The cost of the bags is too low to serve as a proper deterrent and they are only marginally more durable than the old bags. And recycling is just as uncommon now as it was before the new bags were introduced.

A green solution to the packaging problem

The only way to successfully combat the scourge of plastic bags is to stop using them. Eco friendly bags are a far more attractive alternative; made from all natural materials such as cotton, hemp and jute, eco bags are also bigger and sturdier than plastic packaging.

Biodegradable packaging

Biodegradable packaging is also called compostable packaging because it breaks down during the natural recycling process into compostable components. Biodegradable packaging is also made from entirely natural materials such as corn, wheat and sugar cane. Packaging made from organic materials such as these are recycled naturally, no additional energy is required to break the materials down. This means that, in eco terms, biodegradable packaging is preferable to recyclable packaging materials, such as paper and cardboard, which require external energy to break down properly. We offer a range of eco packaging options, including biodegradable bowls, plates, paper serviettes, bags and cups. Contact savenergy.co.za for a full list of available eco packaging options, alternatively you can view our website and place an order now.

Plastics come in all shapes and sizes and are very useful in our daily lives.

Plastics are man-made materials that come from natural resources such as oil, gas and coal (fossil fuels). These valuable resources were formed from prehistoric plants and animals that lived hundreds of millions of years ago. These fuels won’t be replaced for millions of years to come—they are called ‘non-renewable’ resources.

Because the resources used to make plastic take so long to form and are so valuable, it’s important to think of plastic itself as a valuable resource and recycle it wherever possible. Plastic is simply too valuable to waste.

When plastic becomes litter it can endanger the health of animals and sea life. We all need to take responsibility for managing plastic waste.

Plastic containers placed in your kerbside recycling bin are transported to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) for sorting. Here they are separated from the other recyclable materials and sorted according to plastic type.

The sorted plastics are taken to a plastic recycling plant and shredded into small pieces and washed. The plastics are melted, stretched; then cut into small beads. The beads can then be melted again and moulded back into a recycled product.