Our vision serves as the framework for our mission, guiding every aspect of our business on the path to accomplish sustainable growth for the future of our planet.
After establishing Environmental Resources Limited in 2006, we saw the need for sustainable growth within the bioplastics industry and created a range of biodegradable and compostable bioplastics. Our plastics which are manufactured in China, are produced from biomass sources such as plastarch material (PSM), a biodegradable thermoplastic resin derived from renewable corn starch. The biodegradable properties of this resin has allowed our company to produce an environmentally friendly alternative to waste disposal and in turn, fulfil our vision of sustainable growth for the planet.
With our headquarters based in Melbourne, we are working towards creating a global supply chain for the production of sustainable bioplastics, to help aid in the reduction of greenhouse emissions worldwide.
How Biotuff Will Thrive in a Changing World
To continue to thrive as a business, we must look ahead and understand the changes that will shape our processes in the future. We must prepare for tomorrow today. That is what our 2020 vision is all about. To create a long-term destination for our business and provide us with a framework to achieve a reduction in carbon emissions and sustainable growth.
Our vision framework starts with and declares our purpose as a company to introduce and create awareness to all organisations, institutions and businesses about our action and obligations.
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) bags are used by over 80 percent of retailers, including the large commercial supermarkets. These can be recycled at most supermarkets. Generally they are not collected through your local council.
Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) bags are used by less than 20 percent of retailers, typically for luxury or high-end goods. While they can be recycled, there are very few collection points. Check with your local council to see if they collect LDPE bags.
With this in mind, it is now believed that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while some 4 billion plastic microfibers per square kilometre litter the deep sea. Thousands of marine animals and sea birds die every year as a result of plastic litter. When the animal dies and decays the plastic is free again to repeat the deadly cycle. There are two major reasons plastic bags are particularly problematic in the litter stream:
Australians use 3.92 billion plastic bags a year. That's over 10 million new bags being used every day. An estimated 3.76 billion bags or 20,700 tonnes of plastic are disposed of in landfill sites throughout Australia every year. Australians dump 7,150 recyclable plastic bags into landfills every minute or 429,000 bags every hour.
It is estimated that around 50 million bags enter the Australian litter stream every year. Unless they are collected, they remain in the environment and accumulate at a staggering rate. If these 50 million plastic bags were made into a single plastic sheet, it would be big enough to cover the Melbourne CBD.
Australians are the second highest producers of waste, per person, in the world with each of us sending over 690 kilograms of waste to landfills each year (the United States is the highest waste producer). The amount of waste placed in landfills each year in Australia is enough to cover the state of Victoria.
Since their existence, plastics have been made from finite resources such as crude oils. The growth of the market for sustainable resins derived from renewable resources is driven by society’s recognition that change is required, because:
We believe our sustainable resins are the solution for future generations and sustainable growth!