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Bulk Nutrients Packaging Sustainability Strategy

 

Bulk Nutrients is a proud member of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation

We are actively working towards the 2025 National Packaging Targets, which include:


100% of all Australia's packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable

Have you noticed the ARL logos on our packaging that indicate how to recycle our packaging?


ARL logos


All our bags can be dropped off to RedCycle collection points Australia wide, where they are then recycled into a variety of items like outdoor furniture.

All our tubs and plastic shakers and scoops are made from HDPE or PP, which is recyclable in the curbside recycling bins.

So all our primary packaging is 100% recyclable, 5 years ahead of the National targets.

We purchased outdoor furniture for our staff from Replas to fully 'close the loop' and help contribute to the growing circular economy, where waste is treated as a valuable resource.


Close up of plaque on red cycle table


Red cycle table


70% of plastic packaging being recycled or composted

This is where you come in! Now that all our product packaging and satchels can be recycled, it will require a bit of extra effort on your part to keep them aside with your other soft plastics and drop them to your closest RedCycle collections point (Woolies and Coles are both collection points). There is more info about our RedCycle partnership here https://www.bulknutrients.com.au/blog/bulk-nutrients-is-a-redcycle-partner/


30% average recycled content will be included across all packaging by 2025

At this stage, recycled content isn't approved for use in packaging in direct contact with food (like our pouches), but we've made some great progress in other parts of our operations. Our postal satchels are made from 80% recycled material, and after use can be recycled in store with other soft plastics through the RedCycle group.


Postal Satchel


Our cartons are made from 55 to 100% recycled content, and can be recycled in your curbside recycling, they also make excellent moving boxes, and cat castles.


Cat Castles


Even our tote bags that we use at shows are now made from 100% recycled materials and are 100% recyclable.


Bulk Nutrients Tote Bag


Problematic and unnecessary single use plastic packaging will be phased out through design, innovation or introduction of alternatives.

Many of the dosages for our 250g products are based around a standard 5ml teaspoon. We used to supply over 15 000 spoons per month and many customers contacted us asking if they were really necessary. Small items like the spoons though recyclable are also problematic for many recycling sortage facilities due to their size, so we made the decision to discontinue them, and instead indicate via our directions to use a standard 5ml teaspoon. Through this change alone we will reduce the amount of spoons that enter the supply chain by 200 000!


One spoon at a time Logo


On the back of this, and based on customer feedback, we are currently investigating options for stainless steel scoops, with the idea we may in the future be able to discontinue our current plastic protein scoops and instead provide a stainless steel option.

If you're looking for a secondary use for your plastic product scoops, many day care centres and schools like them for use in craft and as paint pots - but ensure you ask before dropping them off!

We love to give samples at shows and events, but we have also prioritised more live tasting at events, so you can still check the flavour of the product at an event, without the single serve sample packaging.


Reducing our overall environmental impact

So what else do we do? Here in beautiful Southern Tasmania we're lucky enough to be supplied with renewable Hydro generated power.

We actively recycle our onsite waste (printer cartridges, cardboard, co mingled, paper and soft plastics) and we use 100% recycled paper in our offices, and our accounts team is currently transitioning to a paperless office.

We are continuing to work with our partners throughout our supply chain to reduce unnecessary packaging, and to ensure we are growing sustainably.


APCO Performance Summary

To see our progress, check out our annual performance summary here.

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