Saving the planet one picnic at a time

At the Wilderness Picnic Co. we strive to do our part for the environment.

For this reason we package all our food in eco-friendly green packaging. Our green packaging is made from a variety of raw materials including Bagasse, corn starch, wood cellulose and unbleached paper.

Bagasse: sugar cane

Bagasse is the waste fibre that is left after sugarcane has been pressed for its juice.

  • It is a waste material and has the least environmental impact of all our food packaging products.
  • Bagasse is a sustainable & renewable resource. Sugar takes one year to regrow.
  • Certified GM Free
  • Very strong and can hold its shape well.
  • Can be used as a tree-free paper.
  • Compostable. Best case scenario it ends in a home or commercial compost heap where it composts and is used to feed the soil and grow more plants.

Bagasse is used for our takeaway boxes and containers, our range of disposable plates and bowls and our ice cream cups. They are:

  • Reasonably priced: Comparative to paper and foil products
  • Heat resistant up to 100˚C
  • Water resistant
  • Oil proof
  • Microwave safe
  • Freezer friendly
  • Breathable – Your food won’t sweat.

Bagasse paper

Bagasse makes a great alternative to wood pulp for paper. Our eco friendlytoilet paper, serviettes and bowl lids are made from a minimum of 60 % bagasse and 40% wood pulp from a certified sustainable source.  They are:

  • Recycled raw material – sugarcane waste fibres
  • Elemental Chlorine free – Bleached using an elemental chlorine-free (ECF) process
  • Locally manufactured
  • FSC Certified
  • Recyclable

Plant starch: bioplastics

Bioplastic is plastic, but made from plant sources such as hemp oil, soy bean oil and corn starch. It looks like conventional (petroleum based) plastic but the big difference is that bioplastic is made from annually renewable resources and petroleum based plastic is made from non-renewable resources.

  • Most bioplastics are made from industrial grade corn. It does not compete as a food source and is sustainable & renewable. Corn regrows in a year.
  • Manufacturing bioplastics produces significantly less greenhouse gasses and uses less non renewable energy than conventional plastics.
  • Growing plants is better for the environment than drilling for oil.
  • They are non- toxic: no harmful toxins will leak into the food
  • Plant based plastics are compostable. Best case scenario it ends in a well maintained (or commercial) compost facility where it composts, and is used to feed the soil and grow more plants.
  • They are biodegradable. Bioplastic will biodegrade if it is exposed to bacteria, moisture and heat. Optimum conditions will enable this to happen in 4 to 6 months – like all your other green waste. It is unlikely that these optimum conditions will be found in landfills – so it will take longer to break down. This is why composting of all your green waste is the way to go.

There are different types of biodegradable plastic available, each with their own properties:

PLA

PLA is made from fermented corn starch, and is a great alternative to conventional petroleum based plastic in many applications.  PLA is transparent and heat sensitive to 40 C. It’s used on its own, or as a thin sheet over bagasse or cardboard to act as a moisture or grease barrier. It is used to make our

CPLA

    CPLA is a combination of PLA, chalk and other biodegradable additives and can withstand temperatures of up to 95°C without deforming.  It is usually opaque in colour and is used for:

 

Recycled paper

Our pizza boxes, cup carriers, and paper bagsare made from first generation factory waste paper (99.95%) and FDA approved Alkaline Paper sizing agent (0.05%). They are:

  • Ideal for dry food goods
  • Compostable. Best case scenario it ends in a home or commercial compost heap where it composts and is used to feed the soil and grow more plants.
  • Biodegradable. If it does end up in a landfill it will biodegrade if it is exposed to bacteria, moisture and heat.

GreenHome’s Newspaper Gift Bag Job Creation Project

In 2011 GreenHome initiated a Newspaper and Magazine Bag job creation project. It is a non-profit project, designed to

  • Upcycle waste materials, such as old newspapers and magazines, into bags.
  • Provide basic skills and income to previously unemployed people (mainly women).

95% of the materials used in the bags are recovered and re-used. All of the materials are biodegradable and recyclable.

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