Monthly ArchivesAugust 2021

Design – the genesis of a circular economy standard

By Dominic Salmon, 3R Group Business Development – Sustainable Solutions I’ll hazard a guess that the last time a kettle, toaster or other electrical appliance in your house broke, you thought to yourself this should be repairable. However, I’m fairly sure you couldn’t easily get it repaired or the repair was going to cost the same or more than a new model. ‘Right to repair’ – it’s a term you’ll hear more and more in the coming months and years.  In Australia, the Productivity Commission recently released a draft report on the Right to Repair, looking at consumers’ ability to repair faulty goods and to access repair services at a competitive price. The EU passed the right to repair into ...

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Take a deep dive before you jump into fibre packaging standard

The sixth in a series written for NZ Food Technology. By Natalie Martin, 3R Group Materials Innovation Manager In the world of packaging sustainability plastic gets plenty of attention, particularly from consumers, but it’s a little-known fact a popular alternative, fibre (cardboard and paper), faces challenges of its own. Firstly though, it’s important not to equate the two as they have different properties, benefits and negative impacts. For example, plastic’s durability and light weight means in most cases it has a far smaller carbon footprint than fibre. However, fibre has almost no impact on the environment if littered. Like plastic, one of New Zealand’s biggest challenges with fibre is a limited capacity to recycle it onshore. In fact, some 250,000 ...

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A golden opportunity ripe for the taking standard

By Dominic Salmon, 3R Group Business Development – Sustainable Solutions Did you know New Zealand households throw away some 157,000 tonnes of food each year? That’s enough avoidable food waste to fill 271 jumbo jets and is worth somewhere in the region of $1.17 billion. This doesn’t include the food waste generated outside the home through the production cycle. According to World Wildlife Fund, humans waste one of every three food calories produced worldwide.  As one of the major horticultural areas in New Zealand this is a particularly relevant issue in Hawke’s Bay. There was a common refrain at our dinner table along the lines of, “there are starving children in Africa, don’t waste your food”. And while this is ...

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