Abandon the plastic film for the compost

“It’s a great way to make it, but it’s only as good as the way it’s finished,” he says. “When it breaks down, it breaks down into carbon and water, and it’s completely free of toxins, which means it can decompose in an environment without compost as well. invest a lot in this space. I think we’ll see it become much more readily available. “

Great Wrap’s Jordy Kay says each roll saves 1.2 miles of plastic wrap. Credit:Luis Enrique Ascui

Kay says Great Wrap has already sparked interest from companies as diverse as Penfolds and Dubai Airport.

“They’re all really interested but it’s just a slow burn because it’s more expensive and plastic is cheap and easy,” he says. “Once we can get to a point where it’s a little cheaper, more will come on board.”

Kay says wrapping a pallet in Great Wrap costs around $ 2.50, while wrapping in standard gasoline-based plastic costs around $ 1.50.

Tom Belford, founder of Bobar Wines, was one of Great Wrap’s first customers for its biodegradable packaging and is very keen on using compostable packaging.

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“It’s about finding another part of your supply chain to get rid of plastic and find a sustainable and viable alternative,” he says. “My only concern would be that it doesn’t perform as well. The cost difference is negligible.”

Great Wrap also wants to create an alternative to plastic wrap for the consumer market, but is currently focusing on the business-to-business market.

“The biggest issues we face in the world are B2B,” says Kay. “It’s great to see people using reusable cups and bags, but we personally think consumers are just the tip of the iceberg. “

He says a large Australian vineyard sells nearly 100,000 pallets of wine each year using around 50,388 kilograms of single-use stretch film, of which only 5,000 kilograms will be recycled.

“It is possible to remove 1 million tonnes of plastic from the environment.”

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Bryce K. Locke