We are more than just a packaging company. At Ecoware, we strive to lead the way when it comes to sustainability; that’s why we are New Zealand’s first and only carboNZero certified packaging company. We monitor and manage the entire company’s operations with a plan to reduce our carbon footprint. We offset all the carbon emissions associated with activity by investing in renewable energy projects both nationally and internationally.
At Ecoware we strive to provide you with the highest quality food packaging products available that are not only affordable, but a future friendly solution to traditional food packaging.
We design, develop and supply a full range of sustainable food packaging options that reduces consumer dependence on oil based packaging. We substitute the oil-base with abundant and renewable resources such as plant-starch and bamboo fibre.
We have four main raw materials that we want to educate you on below:
Polylactic Acid (PLA) - Bioplastic
Polylactic acid or polylactide (PLA) is a biodegradable polyester derived from renewable plant material. We use Ingeo™ bioplastic (PLA) derived from sustainable plant resources, such as corn starch, which has a carbon footprint up to 75% less than traditional packaging materials such as PS or PET. Ingeo™ bioplastic is routinely composted every day around the world in commercial composting facilities and has Australasian Bioplastic Association (ABA) AS 4736 compostability certification.
Bamboo is one of the world’s fastest growing plants. Our bamboo fibre is a byproduct sourced from existing industry. The waste material is a pulp substance that is then transformed into sustainable food packaging. We control this source of raw material to ensure our products are natural and toxin free. The strength in molecular structure of bamboo provides a heavy duty and robust product.
We use only certified fibre sourced from responsibly managed forests. Paper is used to make the outer walls of our coffee cups and paper bowls. It is also the raw material of our Kraft range, which is produced through a unique process of turning unbleached, virgin paper pulp into sturdy paperboard.
Polystyrene - PS
Polystyrene is made from a non-renewable resource. In a situation where an eco-friendly alternative is not readily available, fit for purpose or brand favourable, we do our best to provide you with the next best alternative.
Our vision is to provide sustainable food packaging that is superior in quality at an affordable price. To ensure we deliver on what we communicate we have partnered with national and international industry leaders in sustainable business practice. Developing strong industry partners ensures that as a company we continue to lead by example and remain at the forefront of the sustainable food packaging industry.
We are members of the leading greenhouse gas (GHG) certification scheme. The program requires us to measure & monitor our annual emissions and offset our footprint by establishing reduction and mitigation plans to target any remaining emissions. This certification is in compliance with ISO 14064-1 standard.
Naturally advanced low-carbon-footprint Ingeo™ resins (polylactic acid, PLA) are manufactured by US company, NatureWorks LLC, a world leading biopolymers supplier and innovator. They supply the bio-based material made from abundant renewable resources that we manufacture and manipulate into food packaging. The manufacture of Ingeo™ emits fewer greenhouse gasses (GHGs) than the comparable manufacture of all common petrochemical-based plastic 1. In short, this technology allows us to turn plants into plastic.
1. Life Cycle Inventory and Impact Assessment data for 2014 Ingeo™ Polylactide Production. Industrial Biotechnology, June 2015e
Sustainable Business Network
The Sustainable Business Network is a forum for businesses that are interested in sustainable development practice. We promote sustainable practice in New Zealand and support businesses on the path to becoming sustainable. We link businesses and provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences. We define Sustainable Business as the integration of economic growth, social equity and environmental management, both for now and for the future.
Public Place Recycling Scheme
The Public Place Recycling Scheme is an industry funded program that helps New Zealanders recycle when they are away from home by providing more opportunities to recycle, reduce litter and increase awareness about “doing the right thing”.
We are members of the Conscious Consumer business accreditation program that helps hospitality businesses respond effectively to increasing consumer demand for environmentally and socially responsible products and services.
NZ Specialty Coffee Association
The NZ Specialty Coffee Association is the national representative body for specialty coffee stakeholders in NZ. The purpose of the Association is to represent all stakeholders in NZ specialty coffee, provide a forum for industry participants to advance the NZ specialty coffee industry, provide professional development through training & education, and promote public interest and customer awareness of specialty coffee in NZ.
WasteMINZ is the authoritative voice on waste and resource recovery in New Zealand and seeks to achieve ongoing and positive development of the industry through strengthening relationships, facilitating collaboration, knowledge sharing and championing best practice standards.
Frequently asked questions
Raw materials used in the production of our products are abundant and renewable, sustainably managed and plant based. They are therefore a more sustainable option to purchasing traditional oil-based packaging made from a non-renewable resource. There are also significantly less greenhouse gases emmitted during production compared to standard oil-based food packaging.
These benefits remain regardless of how the packaging is disposed.
In the long term, BioPlastic has the potential to be cheaper to manufacture compared to oil-based plastics. But currently, whilst it currently costs more to manufacture Ecoware products, we try out best to not only match, but sometimes even beat the market price of traditional oil-based food packaging in New Zealand.
It can be recycled, commercially composted, incinerated, chemically converted back to lactic acid through hydrolysis (feedstock recovery) or landfilled.
Following dispatch, all orders to the North Island will be delivered overnight and all orders to the South Island will be delivered within 2 days.
These benefits are the result of how Ecoware products are made and what they are made from. For more information on Pre Life benefits, please read the FAQ "What are the “Pre Life” benefits of using Ecoware products?"
For more information on shelf life please contact one of our staff on 0800 GO 4 ECO.
Raw materials used in the production of our products are annually renewable, sustainably managed & plant based. They are therefore are a sustainable option when compared with traditional oil-based packaging. There are also less greenhouse gas emissions in production in comparison to standard oil-based food packaging.
These benefits exist whether the “Downstream” option of composting the packaging after use is used or not.