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  • 08/08/2019
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1. Is Plastic Harmful To The Environment?

We are all of course saddened and shocked to see the devastating effects of plastics being littered into our oceans and our countryside but the challenge is to get this material to be disposed of properly so it can be re-used to create environmentally conscious packaging that protects our food.

At Caterline we purchase 100’s of tonnes of washed bottle flake which is produced by recycling bottles and other plastics and we blend this with our own plastic production waste to produce plastic sheet with a 90% recycled content. The sheet is then coated with a 5% top and bottom layer of food grade virgin material to give added protection to your food.

Plastic offers great protection and is proven to prolong the life of its contents and will only cause harm if it is not disposed of in a responsible way.

2. Why is Using Recyclable Material Better for The Environment Than Compostable or Biodegradable Material?

If you can recycle or “re-use” omething it is far better than disposing of it. I can understand that consumers think that something made from compostable materials such as plant starch is good for the environment because it will decompose but the fact is that this is encouraging landfill and disposal rather than
re-use. The other misconception about compostable materials is the time they take to degrade, this isn’t days or weeks it is in fact several months or even years and biodegradable materials take even longer!

The other issue with anything that promotes disposal instead of recycling or re-use is that this product then has to be replaced which requires more plants or trees to be cut down which causes further harm to the environment.

At Caterline, we recognise that some customers want access to other forms of packaging and so we do try to source ethical alternatives but as manufacturers and recyclers of plastic we are passionate in our belief that this is still the most sustainable resource there is.