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Glossary of Terms

This Agreement was last modified on June 29, 2015.


“Biodegradable” A biodegradable product is one that's broken down safely and relatively quickly by microbial activity into CO2, Water and Biomass – that's bacteria, moulds and fungi. The length of time it takes for biodegradable products to break down can vary quite a lot. So claiming a product is biodegradable does not guarantee how quickly it will be reduced to these three constituents.

“Compostable” Composting is key! This is a biodegradable material which breaks down under composting conditions within a given time scale.

“Sustainable” Sustainable sourcing exists to help reduce the long-term impact of packaging and catering disposables on the environment. Our sustainable ranges include products made from board which is sourced from managed and regularly re-planted forests. Such control helps to stop the depletion of natural resources and minimise ecological damage. We also use waste streams from sustainable agricultural crops. In addition, we try to minimise land displacement where crops are grown for industrial purposes.

“Degradable”  This term applies to materials that commonly contain additives to allow the plastic (usually Polyethylene) to break down into small fragments. These fragments will still take many years (50-100) to break down and can easily cause contamination if they enter the food chain or water courses.

“Recyclable”  A recyclable product or material is usually separated from conventional waste and routed to specialist processing units which further sort and, if necessary, clean the relevant material. Common materials handled in this way are glass, metal cans, paper and cardboard. Plastics made from different polymers must be separated before re-processing so making them difficult to recycle.

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