Plastic Or Paper? How Proviro Makes It Products And Packaging Sustainable Alternatives

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The plastic versus paper debate is a common one in Australia and around the world. While plastic seemingly seems like a big no no for organisations conscious of sustainability, there’s actually plastic-based products that are just as good for the environment as the paper alternatives.

Proviro is proud to be a sustainable company that is overly conscious of the footprint we leave on our environment. Not only are our products all environmentally friendly, but even our packaging considers how we can do better for our planet, utilising REDcycle material.

At Proviro Group, we believe that a quality product and being eco conscious do not need to be independent traits. Our passion for the environment begins with sourcing the highest quality plantation pine and runs right through to your purchase of our product, while our enthusiastic approach to constantly improving that product ensures you will be satisfied with the quality.

But, to answer the question about paper versus plastic, here’s some information on the materials more specifically.

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Paper is a renewable resource but takes more energy to make

Paper is made from raw wood from trees, which are a renewable resource when grown sustainably. It’s argued to be a preferable alternative to plastic because it’s biodegradable, compostable and recyclable. Plastic is made from fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas and crude oil, all considered to be non-renewable resources. Plastic can take thousands of years to decompose while paper degrades naturally within a decade. Products that are ‘natural’ may seem like a better choice but paper bags actually have a greater environmental impact than high-density polyethylene plastic bags because of the production process and the amount of material needed per bag. Paper requires four times as much energy and three times the amount of water to produce compared to plastic. It’s also heavier and bulkier, so more fuel and trucks are needed for transport. The other downside of paper is its bulk – while it doesn’t take more than a few years to break down, it does take space, another reason why it should be recycled instead of being sent to landfill.

Plastic is not the problem, what we do with it is

Plastic is a lightweight, durable and versatile material, and is less resource-intensive to produce than paper. This means that plastic is potentially more reusable than paper, takes up less space in general waste and has a lower environmental impact from the manufacturing process.

When carelessly discarded, plastic litters our streets, waterways and oceans, causing serious harm to wildlife and this is where the problem lies. Just like paper, plastic is recyclable when properly collected and sent to recycling facilities without contamination. Although this usually means that lesser-quality material is produced after each recycling cycle, the bottom line is recycling diverts waste from landfill and the environment.

So, as Australia’s leading distributor of eco-friendly pine pellet products and botanical pet care we are proud to be an environmentally conscious business, from product through to packaging.
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