Sustainable Living

Thoughtful Consumption is a philosophy but what is Going Green?

Going Green is no longer a revolutionary statement -- nor is it trendy or even alternative anymore. Going Green is now a business philosophy. It is now the norm and almost an expectation.

Thoughtful Consumption is our common sense way of thinking through the product's life cycle. 

Does it really make sense to cut down trees with the sole intention of making toilet paper or hand towels?

Thoughtful Consumption is about stretching out the life cycle of the fibre and ensuring we understand the consequences of our choices on the environment. Technology now gives us more choices than ever before. We need to think about alternatives.

One of our partners, ESG Asia, encapsulates it well. They are passionate about only providing recycled paper options.

"Paper has so many wonderful practical uses in our world today so surely it makes more sense to take a tree and make it into a book -- and then take that book and make it into a cereal packet -- and take that packet and turn it into office copy paper -- and then, finally, take that paper and produce 100% recycled washroom paper."

"Our towel and tissue products are manufactured from 100% recycled fibre. They contain post-consumer waste and they are manufactured without chlorine, chlorine derivatives or any other potentially harmful chemicals. In addition, during the manufacturuing process, the water used has been recycled.

This is what Green means to us!"

There are many shades of Green!

For Pak Rite, we source the most "green sustainable" products available and offer our clients all the facts so they can make the best decision for their business. We give them alternatives.

What does Compostable mean?

The words "degradable", "biodegradable" and "compostable" all have different meanings and should not be confused as all being good for the environment. So what is the difference?

Degradable means the product is  an oil based and  contains a chemical additive which undergoes significant change in its chemical structure causing it to break down into smaller particles. This is triggered by certain environmental conditions. Residues are not biodegradable or compostable.

Biodegradable means degradation results from the action of naturally occurring micro-organisms over a period of time. There is no specification on the toxic residues or time that it takes to biodegrade. Essentially, biodegradeable is just one aspect of being compostable.

Compostable means undergoing biological degradation during the composting process (up to 2-3 months) to yield carbon dioxide, water, inorganic compounds and biomass, at a rate consistent with other known compostable materials. This process means no visually distinguishable or toxic residue is left.

From Cup to Compost in 16 weeks 

In SA, we are the Festival State -- at Pak Rite, we love green and we love festivals, which is why we love being involved in festivals like The Fringe's Garden of Unearthly Delights, Tourrific Prospect, the Vegan Festival and WOMADelaide supplying sustainable packaging products like compostable cups, and takeaway containers.

We are so proud of the recent association in Adelaide Green Clean and Jeffries Waste Management  at WOMADelaide where we were able to divert 98% of all festival waste away from landfill and return 16 TONNES of mulch (from composted plates, cups etc). Every year we are getting better.

Green. Sustainable. These aren't words to be feared. They're opportunities to be grasped, goals to strive for. And in the end everyone will benefit. 

We invite you to speak with one of our consultants to find out how we can help you to make an easier decision to take the greener, sustainable path.

The term "Green" is often overused or used when it arguably should not be used. Everyone has their own definition of what is Green, what is sustainable and what is environmentally friendly.

ESG Asia Pacific believes that Green, when it comes to away-from-home washroom paper products, means 1--% recycled -- nothing more and absolutely nothing less!

Along with the final product, we believe that, for us to truly claim to be Green, the manufacturing process needs to meet and exceed the required levels of environmental responisbility.