Natures Organics embraces the 'least impact'
Whether it’s water, power, waste, ingredients, containers and even toilet paper, Natures Organics takes the ‘least impact’ path.
From its Ferntree Gully facility, Natures Organics manufactures more than 42 million litres of product per year, producing over 130 different products across personal care and home care.
Brands include Earth Choice, Organic Care, Natures Organics, Purity, Turning Point and Australian Pure and all are Australian made and owned.
Natures Organics makes up to 85 per cent of its own bottles on site. This equates to approximately 43 million bottles per year, 100 per cent of which are made using recycled PET plastic (food and drink containers) and recycled HDPE plastic (milk containers).
When this waste is recycled via the kerbside pickup, it is cleaned, processed and melted down into pellets that Natures Organics buys to make into the bottles it uses every day.
Endless Bottle Concept
This process called ‘The Endless Bottle Concept’, allows containers that are correctly recycled to be used over and over again to make new bottles, thereby reducing the amount of plastic going to landfill and the amount of crude oil used to create virgin plastic.
Natures Organics sources all its cartons in Australia and all are made from 100 per cent recycled cardboard. The company also only uses 100 per cent post-consumer recycled copy paper, toilet paper and paper hand towel.
Justin Dowel, Managing Director of Natures Organics, said the company is continually taking steps to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
“Whilst we still have some items that we haven’t found recycling options for, we are currently recycling all of our shrink wrap, pallets, intermediate bulk carriers, cardboard and drums,” he said.
“We also have recycling facilities for staff to ensure that we are recycling consumer bottles, cans and paper.
“Our main goal is to reduce our environmental footprint as much as possible, such as managing our plant-based formulations that are grey water and septic safe, the 1800MWh rooftop solar farm that powers our facility, the use of recycled and sustainable materials or the handling of our waste.
“We are in the process of finalising our Environmental Roadmap for the next five years to set targets and new innovations for the products and the company.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Many households do not realise that the dark tinted and heavily coloured plastic bottles they put in the recycling bin are not recycled. This is because the colour cannot be removed and therefore contaminates the recycled plastic used by bottle producers.