You know that Lil’Bit makes homemade all-natural cleaning products – but what about the packaging?

 

Well, I’m glad you asked.

Unfortunately Australia has a very small pool of companies who make truly eco packaging that is affordable for small businesses like mine.

For example, I wished to make my kraft paper pouches 100% Home Compostable which is offered by only two companies here in Oz.
Now for me to get these pouches, printed with my logo and product information (Vegetable ink) on them making them 100% Compostable, I needed to order 10,000 of each design. 20,000 pouches costing me thousands (plus shipping) and taking 10 weeks to print.

Just not viable for a small business cash flow.

Now, for me to get the same pouches printed in Asia it would not only cost me less than half the cost here but I could get them in 4 weeks delivered for free.

 

Alas we are very far behind in eco-packaging and I am doing my best to keep Lil'Bit in Australia but this may have to change in the future as costs are incredibly high here compared to overseas and I need to make a living. It's not that we don't want better packaging, we just can't afford it at this time. One of the perils of being a small business is we simply don't have the buying power............yet ;)

I'll keep you posted.
 

rPET AMBER BOTTLES 250ML:

As of July 1st we will be phasing in 250ml rPET bottles to replace the regular PET bottles. At this stage it is only the 250ml as we are trying to find a suitable supplier that can provide the 500ml.

 

Creating a plastic bottle from 100% recycled content uses 75% less energy than its virgin counterpart. Although some energy and water is still needed to process these plastics into new forms (which is why we love reusable!), the amount is significantly less than creating first-time plastics. 

Over 60% of first-time PET production is used to create polyester textiles. By using PET that has already been in circulation, we can offset the amount of new PET that needs to be created.

100% Australian made.

PET AMBER BOTTLES 500ML:

  • 100% Australian made and recyclable. It is just not viable for small businesses like mine to purchase the minimum order quantities required by current manufacturers herein Australia for rPET 500ml as this is still a relatively new manufacturing process.   

PUMP PACKS vs DISC TOPS:

 

We initially used pump packs for our Gardener's Soap and Dishwashing liquid but

switched to disc tops when we discovered the pump uses 9 pieces of plastic and a spring

(left) opposed to two pieces in the disc cap (right)

KRAFT PAPER POUCHES:

100% Biodegradable

  • 100% Australian made.

  • Made of biodegradable brown kraft paper for a natural organic look on the outside and a                                                                      high barrier Bio Foil on the inside which keeps product fresh.

  • Stand-Up Pouch has a zip lock which is biodegradable.

  • Bags are also made using bio adhesives.

  • The range of Bags are made from materials classified as biodegradable under the                                                                                      EN 13432 European Standard.


LABELS & VEGETABLE BASED INKS:

Labels printed by Australia's premier Carbon Neutral Printer.

  • 100% Biodegradable/Recyclable and made from recycled industrial paper waste.

  • Plant based, biodegradable adhesive.

  • Traditional mineral solvent based inks contribute to ever growing greenhouse gas emissions. 97% of all inks and varnishes they use are vegetable based with the key ingredients made from soy and linseed oil.

  • Low waste pumping systems deliver ink to presses, reducing waste and maximising efficiency.

  • Printer also separates a large range of materials for recycling or reuse, resulting in only a small amount sent to landfill and proactively reduces consumption throughout the whole operation undertaking many initiatives including power factor correction, voltage optimisation and lighting designed for low power usage.

 

THE BOXES: (Don't expect something pretty!)

  • 100% Australian made from recycled cardboard or recycled boxes from local businesses.

  • 100% recyclable.

 

THE TAPE:

  • 100% Biodegradable.

  • 100% Australian made.

  • Plant-derived cellulose backing.

  • Renewable and biodegradable natural rubber adhesive.

 

THE BEANIES: 

  • 100% Australian made from non GMO corn. You can even eat, although they are a tad bland.

  • 100% Biodegradable and dissolve in water.

  • 100% HOME Compostable – safe for gardens and compost bins.

  • Manufactured without water, saving precious resources.

  • ISO 14001 accredited: Systematic approach to prevention of pollution.

Compostable Void Fill

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