Plastic free July - Hidden plastics in packaging
July 1, 2019
Not-for-profit organisation the Plastic Free Foundation is encouraging people and organisations to commit to Plastic Free July under the theme of ‘Your Challenge, Your Way’.
Our challenge to consumers and organisations is to look for the hidden plastics in their takeaway food packaging.
Marketing and Innovation General Manager Tom Lunn said many single-use takeaway food packaging items contain a plastic coating or lining, which may not be obvious.
“There is much confusion in the market place about what is a good environmental packaging choice.”
“Compostable cups and bowls are made with a ‘bio-plastic’ (PLA) lining, and even though it comes from plant starch, it is still a plastic. If that packaging does not make its way in to an industrial composter, and at last count only about 1% of packaging did, it is just as destructive as any other plastic packaging in the environment or landfill.