Waste Disposal Done Right With The Earth2Earth Bio Based Pedal Bin Liners 255 mm X 455mm X 455 mm
Waste Disposal Done Right With The Earth2Earth Bio Based Pedal Bin Liners 255 mm X 455mm X 455 mm
When putting a waste item into the trash do you consider where it will end up? Will it be simply collected and taken to the landfill, or is it better suited to go to a composting facility? Should be incinerated, or is the material recyclable? The impact of waste to the environment is a key factor behind the measures that one puts in place for the waste disposal program of the facility. You don’t want a situation where you’re contributing to the environmental degradation from improper waste disposal. Products like the Earth2Earth Bio Based Pedal Bin Liners 255 mm X 455mm X 455 mm come in to enable you to take advantage of sustainable waste management programs, from the communities recycling initiatives, to minimising the impact of the waste in landfills.
Selecting a bin liner to use for your household or business premises will be determined by different factors. For starters, how big is the bin liner, and what kind of receptacle will it be put in? Are you looking for liners for a swing bin or pedal bin? For the size, you particularly want one that will be compatible with the bin itself. The liner should either be the same size as the bin, or slightly larger. Smaller bin liners will be inconvenient, since they will not be able to go over the edges of the bin, forcing people to keep reaching down to open them whenever there is some garbage to be disposed into the bin. On the other hand, you don’t want a bin liner that is too big that it simply leads to wastage of volume, since this won’t be giving you value for your money. Next is the brand that has provided the bin liner. What is the track record of the company? Can you be assured of the quality of the products they provide, or are the reviews and testimonials of the company flooded with negative comments about the frustrations that consumers have had while using their items? Getting feedback from other customers who have purchased their bin liners will help you in forming an opinion about the company, as well as various accolades and achievements that the particular brand has made over the years of its existence. When it comes to the colour, this varies from one premises to the next. There are those who will go for solid colours like white or black bin liners that also hide the contents of the trash, while other situations will call for clear bin liners especially where you want the persons on the premises to see the contents of that particular bin to avoid mix-ups. In this review, we’ll be looking at Bio Based Bin Liners from Earth2Earth – and in particular the 255 mm X 455mm X 455 mm Pedal Bin Liners, and what you can expect from the product.
The Carbon Negative Bin Liner
The biobased bin liners and sheet films that were introduced into the Ireland market by Thorn Environmental Ltd were the first certified carbon capture materials of their kind. They are certified by the Carbon Trust, where the material has a -0.2kg carbon per kilogram of product impact. Basically, for each tonne of packaging film or bin bags like the Earth2Earth Bio Based Pedal Bin Liners 255 mm X 455mm X 455 mm that are produced, 200 kg of Carbon are removed from the atmosphere. How does this come about?
It's all about the raw material that is used to make these films. The products are manufactured from plant-based ethanol. This ethanol is produced from sugarcane processing activities, after which it is converted into high density polyethylene. Relying on the biomass from the sugarcane refining processes results in the final product storing the carbon that was captured from the atmosphere. Given that the carbon that footprint of the production and distribution of the biobased packing material is less than the carbon which has been absorbed from the atmosphere, it results in the final products like the Earth2Earth Bio Based Pedal Bin Liners 255 mm X 455mm X 455 mm having a negative carbon footprint.
You can individually estimate how much CO2 saving you'll make by going from plastics to the biobased products from Earth2Earth. You make about 2.9kg CO2 savings per kilogram of comparable plastic product. For instance, taking the existing plastic refuse sacks that you use in your establishment and weighing them, then multiplying this weight by 2.9 will give you an estimate on the CO2 saving. For instance, if you're a large business that uses 1tonne of traditional plastic, switching over to the Earth2Earth carbon capture film will give you about 2.9 tonnes of CO2 savings. This makes products such as the Earth2Earth Bio Based Pedal Bin Liners 255 mm X 455mm X 455 mm hugely beneficial in cutting down your household’s or business’s carbon footprint.
Turning To Renewable Raw Materials For Refuse Sacks And Packaging Films
You will notice that the Earth2Earth Bio Based Pedal Bin Liners 255 mm x 455mm x 455 mm comes with an OK biobased label. Let’s delve into what this entails.
As environmental awareness increases amongst consumers, they are increasingly turning to products that come from renewable sources. However, you don’t want to just rely on the manufacturer’s claim to this. Instead, you want verified proof from an independent third party - and that’s where organisations like TUV Austria come in with the OK-labels. There are different kinds, from the compostability to the biobased labels. Here, we’re focusing on the latter. The OK biobased is used when determining the percentage of renewable (biobased) raw materials that are in a substance, after which it can be classified as 1, 2, 3 or 4-star biobased.
Samples of the products being tested are taken through scientific analysis of the proportion of the biobased and Total Carbon (TC) content – a process that can take up to six weeks. The requirements for passing the tests vary based on the specific material, but there are two key ones that cut across the board:
The product needs to have a TC content of at least 30%
The carbon content of the renewable material should be 20% or more.
Any products that have been partially or wholly manufactured using bioplastics and materials of a natural origin can be taken through the OK biobased certification scheme except fuels, which have their own specific testing methods. Note that for a product to get the OK label it needs to pass the tests in its entirety, not just a part of the product.
Let's go further into the specifics of the measurements. This focuses on the radioactivity levels of C14 - a carbon isotope that is present in all living things. When the plants and animals are alive, there is a fixed concentration of 1.2x10-12% of the C14 isotope. Once the organism dies, this concentration goes decreasing. It does this at a rate of a half-life of 5700 years. Measuring the C-14 activity of a substance thus enables one to measure how long it has been dead. This process is used to determine the age of the organic material in the product being tested through the OK biobased certification scheme.
'Young carbon' - the carbon from renewable raw materials like plants which are under 10 years old, has a C-14 activity that's near 100%. The 'old carbon' - the raw materials which have been derived from fossils that are millions of years old, has a C-14 activity of almost 0%. The levels of these are compared to each other. For instance, a product with 80% C-14 activity means that 80% of its material is from renewable sources, and the rest of the 20% is fossil carbon.
So, with the OK biobased label from Austria-based TUV, you can rest assured that the Earth2Earth Bio Based Pedal Bin Liners 255 mm x 455mm x 455 mm have met the testing standards on renewability. As such, using them as part of your waste disposal program enables you to take a step further in reducing your carbon footprint and impact on the environment. Let's go into more of what you can expect from these particular bin liners.
Other Benefits Of The Earth2Earth Bio Based Pedal Bin Liners 255 mm x 455mm x 455 mm
Thin and strong
The bin liners are multi-layered, and co-extrusion processes are used to reduce the thickness of the film. This results in a stronger material that uses less material for its production. The end result is a bin liner that is stronger than the traditional plastic refuse sack, while further positively impacting the environment.
The Earth2Earth Bio Based Pedal Bin Liners 255 mm x 455mm x 455 mm can be used in commercial establishments and domestic applications. They are a favourite for hotel rooms and guest rooms, all through to offices and entertainment venues. With ample space available for holding in the garbage that is generated in these environments, it allows you to ensure that the waste is properly handled.
Easy on your budget
You want to have bin bags that enable you to meet your establishment’s waste disposal needs without putting a strain on the resources available. The affordable pricing of the Earth2Earth Bio Based Pedal Bin Liners 255 mm x 455mm x 455 mm comes in handy here. You get to stock up sufficient bin liners to meet your needs as well as they come packed as 50 bags.
Committed To Sustainable Processes
Earth2Earth products are provided by Thorn Environmental Ltd, a Dublin-based company that is committed to environmentally sustainable practices. The company specialises in packaging films, refuse sacks, as well as bin liners such as the Earth2Earth Bio Based Pedal Bin Liners 255 mm X 455mm X 455 mm that's the focus here. The products have been developed to meet the goals of Agenda 2030 and also Europe’s seventh Environmental action programme, with heavy investments going into research and development to provide innovative renewable and recycled products that can replace the traditional plastic-based alternatives.
The Bio-based, carbon captured recyclable film is just one of the many products from the brand. Another favourite especially when it comes to disposing organic waste is the Earth2Earth® Compostable Film. This is a unique blend where the material has been made with high strength resins where, in combination with the multilayer coextrusion such as was the case with the Earth2Earth Bio Based Pedal Bin Liners 255 mm X 455mm X 455 mm, makes it high strength product. The compostable film has additional attributes like being water and heat resistant. This allows it to be used in areas like commercial kitchens where it is common to find hot foods and liquids being disposed of, as the Earth2Earth® Compostable Film can handle temperatures up to 75°C. Since they are also clear, persons in the facility can see that it is food waste that is going into such bin liners, preventing them from being mixed up with other waste material. That way the content can be used for compost to replenish the health of soils and the general ecosystem.
The different measures that Thorn Environmental have put in place regarding environmental sustainability have seen it get recognised across the board, including at the 2021 Pakman Awards – Ireland’s National Environmental Award. Here, corporates, individuals and community groups are shortlisted for demonstrating superb initiatives in recycling and waste management. The awards are in their seventh year, and this time Thorn Environmental Ltd, was declared a finalist, together with other big names like Volkswagen Group Ireland, Clean Coasts and DID Electrical. Getting a Packman Award is actually a highly prestigious accolade in the country’s environmental sector, and Thorn Environmental was a finalist for the category "Innovation in Waste Resources Product or Service", testament to the investments and results in the area. The company was also a finalist in the 2020 Green Award. This was actually in two categories, namely "The Green Technology Award" and "The Green Small Manufacturer Award".
Sustainable Waste Management To Slow Landfill Growth
Landfills have been around for decades – yet some of the material that is in them is still yet to fully decompose, and are set to continue releasing toxic chemicals into the earth and underground water sources for dozens of years to come. Some materials like plastics can take up to a century to break down. One of the reasons behind the push for households and commercial establishments to adopt eco-friendly waste management programs such as incorporating the Earth2Earth Bio Based Pedal Bin Liners 255 mm X 455mm X 455 mm into their programs is to combat the rapid spread of landfills, which seem to be popping up across different communities.
Why the urgency? Well, landfills have different effects on the environment, and nearly all of them are negative. Sure, landfills provide centralized locations for communities to dump their solid waste, and are actually necessary. However, their effect on the surrounding ecosystem cannot be ignored. Take air pollution for instance. More than half of the landfill waste is biodegradable organic matter that has been generated in homes, businesses and industrial complexes. As the organic waste in the landfill continues to get buried under tonnes of more debris, this cuts the available oxygen supply. The microbial action will still continue on it – but this time anaerobically. One of the by-products of this process is methane. This is a greenhouse gas that can trap over 2 times more heat than carbon dioxide. Then there are those pungent stenches from the likes of ammonia and sulphur dioxide that can spread for miles around the landfill site, making those in the community uncomfortable. In fact, real estate prices for land that is close to landfills are almost assured to be depressed.
For biodiversity, setting up a location to be a landfill site causes it to lose hundreds of species per hectare. There are also changes that will be witnessed, with more animals that feed on garbage exploding in populations – like crows and rats. The trash in the landfills also poses a threat to animals scavenging on it, such as the birds and mammals that get choked up by plastics. With the plastics, these can take ages to decompose, from the cups and plastics to the plastic bottles that end up remaining in the landfill for years. For those who use plastic bin liners, the material doesn’t break down easily, meaning that the contents within the bin liner will remain trapped for longer, preventing them from being released back into the environment. This causes the size of the landfill to increase. Sustainable refuse bags like the Earth2Earth Bio Based Pedal Bin Liners 255 mm X 455mm X 455 mm enable faster biodegradation, which exposes the content of the waste to the mechanical strain and heat of the landfills, for faster decomposition.
Groundwater also gets affected. First, there is already liquid residue amongst the heaps of waste in the landfills, including cleaning agents and the acids and solvents that are produced by electronics. Materials like PVC also break down and release chemicals. When the rain falls, the chemicals are dissolved, and washed down together with harmful toxins and mercury. This results in a dangerous cocktail consisting of metals, ammonia and organic compounds that gets leached down to the groundwater. This flows out to the rivers and lakes, spreading the pollution. Some of the compounds, such as the nitrates, cause eutrophication when in higher quantities in the water. This is because they cause an accelerated growth of plant life, depleting the oxygen that would be required by animals in the area. This ends up creating “dead zones” since the affected sections of the water bodies cannot sustain marine life.
Then there are the effects on the soil. The toxic leachate negatively impacts the soil and areas surrounding it – crippling local vegetation. Add this to issues like the eyesore that landfills are, the smell, vermin and noise that accompanies them – they are not really sites that you want to encourage to keep popping up all over. Focus shifts to slowing down how fast the existing landfills are piling up waste, and this involves aspects like directing waste elsewhere based on its usefulness – like the organic waste being taken to composting facilities, and recyclables being directed to recovering facilities. Garbage bags like the Earth2Earth Bio Based Pedal Bin Liners 255 mm X 455mm X 455 mm come in handy in sorting the waste, since the units themselves are also 100% recyclable. Even for the waste that is going to hit the landfills since it has no other place to go, working with biodegradable bin liners that can break down quickly will enable the contents of the trash to be acted upon much sooner by the microbes in the sites, for them to break down into biomass, and other byproducts much sooner.
Maintaining The Hygiene Of Your Pedal Bin
You don’t want your bin getting all smelly and attracting a horde of insects and pests. Part of the waste management process entails how you deal with the bin itself. Some factors to observe include:
Rinsing out the bin regularly – preferably with detergent. This can be done each time that the bin is emptied.
Positioning also matters, especially with regards to the sun. Storing the pedal bin out of the direct sunlight is recommended, as the higher heat levels would otherwise warm up the bin, increasing microbial activity, Consequently, more odours would be produced and attract flies.
Wrap up mouldy foods before putting them in the bin.
Ensure that the lids of the pedal bin in your premises are kept closed all through.
Rinsing the residue off food packaging like yoghurts and microwave trays before you toss them into the bin will help minimise smells, and also make the recycling process more effective.
Remember that the pedal bin should always have a liner. This is to prevent the waste from coming into direct contact with the walls of the bin, as it would require more effort to clean it off. Moreover, some of the waste can have chemical residue which can corrode the interior walls of the bin, compromising its structural integrity. During the winter things can also get more problematic, especially with the wet items freezing to the walls of the pedal bin, preventing the waste from being properly emptied when the garbage collectors pass by to pick up the trash.
Warding Off The Mould In Your Trash
Waste bins always have some potential of mould growth, especially with organic material and wet conditions. So for starters, you should take measures to reduce the amount of liquid material in the bin. Before putting any runny food products or liquids in the bin, first place them in a separate, smaller bag. This adds a layer of protection, and separates them from the rest of the waste.
Old newspapers can come in handy too. After positioning the Earth2Earth Bio Based Pedal Bin Liners in the bin, add a layer of old newspapers to the bottom. Their purpose will be to absorb any moisture that will be emitted by the foods that are in the trash, thus preventing mould growth, and also absorbing odours.
A clear way of avoiding mould growth in your bin is emptying it regularly – that way the mould does not have room to grow. Also avoid overstuffing the Earth2Earth Bio Based Pedal Bin Liners. This is to avoid cases of leaks which would otherwise cause the fungi to grow.
Taking the Green Route for Your Business
Embracing sustainable practices in your business will go a long way in boosting your brand and cutting down costs of operations. This can be achieved through various ways. Take reducing the amount of paper usage in the establishment for instance. Saving documents electronically and scanning those physical copies that are already there, to using cloud networks – these will cut down the amount of money spent on purchasing paper, while reducing the strain on natural ecosystems for the raw material. Going for reusable products like retail stores having reusable and shopping bags that their customers can be showing up with, complete with the company logo for branding, setting up water dispensing systems as opposed to offering all customers bottled water – especially since plastic bottles are key contributors to landfills, lowering utility costs by turning to more eco-friendly energy systems to power your business premises – there is plenty that can be done. For the waste management, the Earth2Earth Bio Based Pedal Bin Liners 255 mm X 455mm X 455 mm and similar products come in to complement these efforts, enabling your business to have green initiatives all through.
How is this beneficial? For starters, it gives you more of a positive image. Customers are more receptive to businesses that show that they include social and environmental issues in their day-to-day operations. They are more willing to get products and services from these companies – even when they are at a premium, especially for the businesses that align with their ideals. Showing your customers that you prioritise environmental sustainability will hook you to this critical market niche. However, with the branding that comes with eco-conscious packaging and refuse sacks including the Earth2Earth Bio Based Pedal Bin Liners 255 mm X 455mm X 455 mm, persons on the facility will note take note of this. Coupled with other sustainable efforts that your establishment is putting in place, it comes into conversations as they engage their friends and family, spreading word about your business further. Word-of-mouth marketing in such settings is a key aspect of marketing that you can't really pump money into promoting – so you need every chance you get.
Investors too are more likely to take up stake in businesses that are focusing on cutting down their overhead coats, and complying with the region’s environmental regulations. A simple aspect such as having the Earth2Earth Bio Based Pedal Bin Liners 255 mm X 455mm X 455 mm in the office will be a pointer to the detail you place on even the small aspects of the business in regards to sustainability practices. Speaking of regulations, governments are increasingly putting forward tax credits for businesses that are promoting energy efficiency, reducing their carbon footprint, setting up solar energy and taking up other green efforts. It’s an all-round approach to sustainability that positively impacts your business’s bottom line.
For the employees, it improves their morale, and consequently their productivity. Like customers, staff also tend to have more loyalty to businesses with moral and social ideals – from the stands that the organisations take on emerging issues, CSR initiatives organised by the businesses, to simple aspects like sprucing up the workspace with more open areas, natural lighting, and other similar factors that are part of sustainability practices while simultaneously providing an improved working environment.
Promoting Recycling In Your Retail Store
The branding on the Earth2Earth Bio Based Pedal Bin Liners 255 mm x 455mm x 455 mm helps in increasing awareness about the need for adopting sustainable practices amongst the customers and employees on the premises. You can also take some extra steps to encourage them to recycle their items and reduce their carbon footprint at an individual level. For instance, an incentive where they bring in their used shoes and clothware that are no longer needed for them to be shredded and used as raw material for other goods, and in return get a discount for select products, will go a long way. Different materials can be collected for recycling, from plastic wrappings and paper products, to textiles and glass items. In fact, it even helps in increasing your customer base, with more of them turning to your eco-conscious business and increasing the sales of your products and services.