eCommerce Packaging Recycling Guide

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Satchels

100% Recycled Satchel

100% Recycled Satchels are becoming one of the leading options for a more ‘sustainable’ eCommerce satchel as are re-using plastic that would otherwise be destined for landfill. Regardless of the material in question, increasing the lifespan of a product is the fundamental principle of the circularity movement.

Just because the satchel is made from recycled material, this doesn’t change the challenge with ensuring the satchel is recycled correctly. The aim of circularity is for materials to be continually reused so managing the end-of-life for these satchels is essential.

As a ‘soft plastic’, most domestic recycling collections will not accept 100% recycled satchels. Adding them to your domestic recycling collection will likely contaminate other materials that are suitable for recycling. You should therefore locate a recycling centre or drop-off point.

In Australia, the REDcycle scheme provides soft plastic drop-off bins at most Coles and Woolworth stores, whilst local recycling depots can be found through Planet Ark Recycling Near You.

Compostable Satchel

Compostable Satchels are one of the most popular and sought after eCommerce packaging solutions. The technology is amazing, a plastic-like material that will completely break down into a compostable material, allowing these satchels to be disposed of safely into the soil.

The main issue however is the consumer understanding of this composting process. These compostable satchels do not just naturally break down within regular rubbish, they require a dedicated composting process. If compostable satchels are not disposed of correctly, they will behave no differently to a regular plastic satchel, adding to the volume of waste in landfill.

People with a home composting set-up can dispose of these satchels alongside regular food waste. The same applies if you live in an area where the council provide food waste collections- these compostable satchels can again be disposed of in the same bin as your food waste.

For consumers who do not have access to either, compostable satchels should be disposed of using a local recycling facility. In Australia, composting recycling locations can be found through Planet Ark Recycling Near You.

Standard Plastic Satchel

Standard plastic satchels are one of the most common, yet least sustainable, packaging options. With a significant environmental footprint from manufacturing, plastic satchels have an equally challenging end-of-life.

As a ‘soft plastic’, standard plastic satchels are not recyclable via domestic recycling schemes. They therefore are required to be dropped off at a dedicated recycling location, something most consumers are not aware of.

In Australia, as with 100% recycled satchels, the REDcycle scheme provides soft plastic drop-off bins at most Coles and Woolworth stores, whilst local recycling depots can be found through Planet Ark Recycling Near You.

Boxes

Cardboard Box

Plastic Coated Cardboard Box

Packaging Extras

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