Compostable cling wraps
THE WRAP UP
Review by Robyn Rosenfeldt
The number of commercially available cling wrap products claiming to be compostable is on the rise. It means companies are recognising how important it is to stamp out plastics, but it also means they’re reacting to the demands of the buying public which is great news for all.
However with greenwashing rife across all sorts of consumer-driven industries, I wanted to find out not just how compostable these products are, but also how responsible their production processes are, how earthconscious their packaging is and, importantly, how effective the actual product is in day to day use.
I’ve sourced three readily available products, Eco Clingwrap by Sugar Wrap, Compostic 100% home compostable cling wrap and Great Wrap’s Home Compostable Cling Wrap to compare.
When it comes to Australian certification, there are two types; home compostable AS 5810-2010, meaning it can be composted in any home composting system or commercially compostable AS 4736 which means it needs a commercial facility that reaches temperatures of 50 ºC for an extended period of time, like council FOGO services. All three products have the home-compostable certification. The Australian certification is among the most stringent in the world meaning it is safe for use in all home compost systems and worm farms.
Australian owned and made in a solar-powered factory in Victoria, Great Wrap comes out on top for production. It uses food waste to create the wrap, mixed with biopolymers. New Zealand-based Compostic states the wrap is made in China and from biopolymers but doesn’t detail the process, while Sugar Wrap uses sugar cane and biopolymers. Sugar Wrap is also made in China, the sugar cane is grown in Brazil and, while it is a renewable resource unlike petroleumbased products, it still requires resources to grow.
Because Compostic does away with a conventional cutting strip by adding perforations every 30 cm along the length of the wrap, it has the most environmentally responsible packaging. Great Wrap is made from recycled cardboard, the packaging is both compostable and recyclable, but only if you remove the metal cutting strip. Sugar Wrap uses a hard plastic sliding-style cutter, its packaging is made from recycled materials but does not claim to be recyclable. All three use vegetable dyes.
Sugar Wrap is the easiest to get off the roll and cut using the plastic slider, but this is not recyclable. It seals bowls nicely and holds well around wrapped items. The perforations on Compostic make it easy to tear, but you need to remove it from the box to do it, and it sticks well once in use. Great Wrap also needs to be out of the box to unroll and requires a bit more patience. It sticks and holds to wrapped items just as well as the other two.
While Great Wrap is a little more difficult to use, it stands out in its Australian-based and sustainable manufacturing processes. It’s the most environmentally friendly of the three.
Great Wrap (30 m) $14.95 www.greatwrap.co
Sugar Wrap (30 m) $5.50 www.sugarwrap.com.au
Compostic (30 m) $6.50 www.compostic.co.nz
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FLYING DUTCHMANS HOE
Review by Kel Buckley
Far more versatile than it looks, this Australian-made take on a traditional Dutch hoe features a sturdy triangular face at the end of a particularly long 1500 mm timber handle.
With three sharp edges, it can chip, cut and slice weeds out of all sorts of surfaces, from friable soil through to concrete paths. The length of the handle means you don’t have to bend down, while also allowing you to reach the far edges of your beds without having to step on and compact the soil.
As well as dealing with weeds effectively, the pointy edges allow you to dig furrows for sowing seeds, before smoothing out the soil over the top, and the triangular shape is great for ridging and forming beds of any length for seeding or planting.
It’s robust and really well made. We’ve had this hoe for a few years, it’s easy to sharpen with a file or angle grinder, the timber handle loves an occasional sand and linseed oil and with decent care I have no doubt it will outlive us.
Flying Dutchmans Hoe