Why recycling is so important.
Recycling helps to protect the environment and supports sustainability for the years to come.
In today's society, we produce a lot of waste product and recycling gives it a second life (and many more!).
As you probably know, waste has a huge negative impact on the natural environment. Why you ask?
When you take your rubbish bin out for collection each week, your rubbish is sent to landfill sites which release some really harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses.
Recycling reduces the need for extracting (mining, quarrying, and logging), refining and processing raw materials all of which create substantial air and water pollution.
As recycling saves energy it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change.
When you recycle you can help...
- Reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills sites and incinerators.
- Provide a new use for a previous ‘waste' product.
- Conserve natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals.
- Reduce pollution by decreasing the need to collect new raw materials.
Overall, the act of recycling helps to save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change, and we think that's pretty darn important!
Bulk Nutrients' REDcycle Partnership.
We wanted to take our passion for sustainability a step further, so we joined the team at REDcycle.
We're really excited to be partnering with REDcycle and to promote the great work they’re doing for environmental sustainability.
The REDcycle Program was developed by Melbourne-based consulting and recycling organisation RED Group as a recovery initiative for post-consumer soft plastic.
They teamed up with Coles and Woolworths (as drop off points) as well Australia's favourite brands (like us!) for support in keeping plastic bags and soft plastic packaging out of landfill.
When you drop soft plastics off, they're taken to Replas who completely transform them into a variety of products from outdoor furniture and decking to road base products and even outdoor gyms and parks!
How recyclable is Bulk Nutrients' packaging?
Very! You can recycle all of our packaging, just via different ways!
Some packaging is fine to pop straight into your council recycling bin and the rest can be recycled via REDcycle.
Items that can be REDcycled.
- Powdered product in soft zip seal pouches eg. Proteins, Amino Acids and Carbohydrates
- Single serve sample packaging eg. Mug Cakes, Quick Protein Oats, Protein Sample etc
- Bulk Nutrients Tote Bag
Hard Plastic Items that can go in your household recycling bin.
Since you're collecting your Bulk Nutrients pouches for recycling, you might as well collect any other soft plastics you want to recycle!
Bread bags, pasta and rice bags and even frozen food and veggie bags are all accepted at REDcycle drop off points.
For more info on what you can REDcycle refer to this page.
Do the scrunch test!
It's as it sounds, if it's soft plastic and can be scrunched up into a ball, you can REDcycle it!
Most other hard plastics can go into your kerbside recycling, just check your local council website for info on what can go in your council bin and what you may need to take elsewhere for recycling.
Two years on and still going strong!
In January 2021 Bulk Nutrients celebrated two years of partnership with the REDcycle program.
Since making the change, every bag that has left the warehouse in Tasmania could be dropped off at any REDcycle collection point Australia wide and recycled into a variety of useful outdoor products.
The REDcycled packaging gets taken to Replas and turned into products like bollards, decking, fencing, signage, and even outdoor Furniture, like this great bench at the Bulk Nutrients warehouse.
Click the link if you want to find out more about all the great Replas products made from your recycling.
We're committed to cutting down on our waste.
As a further commitment to reducing plastic waste in landfill, more than 225,000 5ml plastic spoons have been removed from our products with the aim for no more small spoons in our products by the end of the year.
For more information about the steps we are taking to become a more sustainable company, check out Bulk Nutrients Packaging Sustainability Strategy.
REDcycle's continual growth over the last decade.
In 2021 REDcycle celebrates 10 years since launched in 2011 in 100 Melbourne Coles stores. Over that decade, REDcycle has increased the number of drop off points from the original 100 to over 1800 REDcycle drop off points across Australia.
The number of REDcycle Program Partners has increased from ten in 2012 to over 139 as of February 2021.
In the year 2020 alone, REDcycle recovered, recycled, and diverted 4,231 tonnes of soft plastic– that’s over 1 billion pieces - from landfill.
- That’s the equivalent of 1,080 elephants.
- Or enough soft plastic packaging to circle the world approximately 6.5 times.
That is a 2139% increase from their first year!
Australian consumers are returning over 2 million pieces of packaging to REDcycle bins every day! Now that's pretty amazing.
Replas introduces Polyrok concrete!
An exciting innovation from Replas is their Polyrok concrete which permanently removes soft plastic from landfill to be used as an alternative to mineral aggregate in concrete for pathways, kerbs, and channels.
To find out more check out Polyrok!
Get REDcycling today!
Keen to start REDcycling your Bulk Nutrients pouches and see them turned into something pretty cool from Replas?
Let's look after our environment and reduce, reuse, REDcycle team Bulk!