Sustainable Development Goals
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015. They are a call to action for peace and prosperity by 2030.
Australia was one of the 193 United Nations members that agreed to the SDGs. The goals address population growth, income growth, climate change, environmental protection, justice and equality. They also focus on health, wellbeing and sustainability.
The UN is asking all of us to talk about and take action towards the SDGs. Here’s how we’re working towards the SDGs at BioBag:
Enabling a circular economy
The material used to make BioBags is a compostable resin called Mater-Bi, produced by Italian research company Novamont. They’ve been working on environmentally friendly alternatives to polyethylene for more than 20 years.
Novamont’s Sustainability Report shows how they are supporting the SDGs. How does this relate to us at BioBag?
SDG 2 Zero hunger
The food scraps we throw away are valuable resources that can restore vital nutrients to soil so we can produce more, healthy food via composting. The largest kerbside bin audit ever done in South Australia was commissioned by East Waste across seven Adelaide councils. The findings showed using compostable bags is a very easy behaviour change to get food scraps out of landfill bins and into green organics bins for recycling into compost. East Waste General Manager Rob Gregory said across all seven councils, the key to successful food recycling was compostable bags.
The Mater-Bi resin used to make BioBags is subject to ongoing development in Italy. This report on Mater-Bi shows the impact of bioplastics on food production is almost zero. It also explains the effect of growing corn on water resources for SDG 6.
SDG 3 Good health and wellbeing
Plastic breaks down into microplastics up to 5mm in diameter. These pollute our land, waterways and bodies. BioBags help prevent plastic pollution because they leave no microplastics or harmful residues.
Read more in our blog on the detrimental effects of microplastics on our health and economy.
SDG 7 Affordable and clean energy
The melting point of compostable film is lower than traditional polyethylene film so it uses less energy. Research shows the energy required to manufacture BioBags is half the amount needed for traditional plastics.
The BioBag factory is also powered by solar electricity.
SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth
Local manufacturing ensures a steady supply of BioBags for lining council compost caddies. This results in local jobs and economic growth.
Manufacturing locally has given us more flexibility to find compostable alternatives. For instance, we make mailing satchels, agricultural mulch and coffee machine liners.