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Ways to reduce waste over Christmas

As we approach Christmas, it's good to keep thinking about our environment and how we can lessen our impact on it while still enjoying the season of giving.  Please follow the link provided to find out more tips on ways to reduce waste over Christmas. ___________________________ Derby City Council "Whether you are giving gifts over the holidays or having a big get-together with family and friends, it’s easy to see the bin filling up. To help you keep on top of your rubbish, Read More...

Thinking Responsibly About Plastic

Here is an interesting article from Henkel regarding thinking responsibly about plastics.  Please follow the link provided to read the complete article. _______________   "Plastic everywhere: Plastic is essential to everyday life. Since it went on sale as a mass-manufactured product in the early 1950s, humanity produced 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic. The related issues have, however, now become all too apparent. Newspapers, TV documentaries and social media regularly publish shocking images and reports on plastic waste. The core of the Read More...

How to Wash a Zipper Bag

Don't throw them out!  Wash them!  And here's how........... Follow the link to the original article. ________________ Kitchn "Ziploc bags are a modern miracle. It's hard to imagine life without them (or the fact that when they were first introduced to the market, people didn't know how to use them). But do you ever feel, you know, a tiny bit guilty about how many you go through? Do you ever stare at the empty box and think, Didn't I just buy these on Read More...

The future of plastic

We are all wondering what the future of single use plastics might be.  Here are some interesting articles to read.  Please follow the links to the original articles. ______________________________ Nature Communications "Plastic, a highly useful and convenient material, is also one of the world’s greatest environmental problems, yet both industry and society are still heavily reliant on its usage. On World Environment Day, Nature Communications asks: will biodegradable polymers alleviate plastic’s environmental impact? From initial conception, plastic was hailed a wondrous material. Following Read More...
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What are PP, OPP, and BOPP bags?

PP? OPP? BOPP?  What are we talking about??  Here's an informative article explaining the differences between these types of plastics. _____________________________________ How to distinguish between PP, OPP, and BOPP bags  - Warehouse Bizongo  Author: Nidhi Agrawal "When it comes to plastic packaging, the food industry predominantly uses the BOPP bags or films. BOPP bags are easy to coat, print and laminate, hence making them most suitable for packaging products like snacks, fresh produces and confectioneries. Parallel to BOPP, PP and OPP bags are Read More...

Plastics recycling figures 2017

2017 Plastics recycling figures - Plastixportal "Plastics recycling in South Africa has continued to grow Johannesburg, Tuesday, 24 July 2018.  Plastics|SA, the umbrella body representing the entire value chain of the local plastics industry, has just released the plastics recycling figures for the year ending 2017. For the seventh year running, plastics recycling in South Africa has continued to grow, with more than 334 727 tons recycled back into raw material. This gives South Africa an input recycling rate of 43.7 Read More...

Plastic Alternatives

Plastics have become a very controversial issue - here are a few interesting articles for you to read. __________________________________ Plastic Alternatives – Blessing or Curse? Plastixportal  "Plastic Bag Free Day This, hot on the heels of Environment Day and World Oceans Day, both celebrated a few weeks earlier. On all three these days, and throughout the month of Plastic Free July, consumers were encouraged to #beatplasticspollution and join the challenge to “choose to refuse” single-use plastics. Calls for action such as these make it Read More...
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How are Plastic Bags made?

From Sciencing comes the following information on how plastic bags are made..........  Please follow the link to the original article in order to read it in full. ______________________ "Plastic bags are made from a ubiquitous polymer substance known as polyethylene. This begins as ethylene, commonly extracted from natural gases, then treated to become the polymer, forming long chains of carbon and hydrogen atoms. These chains can vary depending on what type of polyethylene is being used, but they all help create Read More...
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Re-use your zipper bags

Here are some great ideas from The Secret Yumiverse   Re-use your zipper bags Proficient Packaging is located in Cape Town, South Africa. We supply flexible packaging in various shapes and forms, but specialize in many forms of re-closable and re-sealable bags and pouches. We believe we have a great service ethic and the ability to be diverse, flexible and proactive. With our “hands-on approach” we pride ourselves in being able to meet and exceed our customer’s requirements. Small, Smart, Sharp! Read More...

How to save a wet phone using a zipper bag

Did you know you can save a wet phone using a zipper bag?  You can!  Sharon Profis of CNET shows us the secret to saving a wet phone or tablet...........  I hope you find this useful! For the original article and to watch an instructional video, follow the link provided above. ______________________________ "Most of the old wives' tales about saving wet phones just don't work. The bag of rice, a sunny window sill, a hair dryer, and the horrid oven method will quickly Read More...