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Eco-Friendly Packaging Solutions

Shop our environmentally friendly products and sustainable solutions to help reduce your business' environmental impact.

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Our Commitment

As a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant, Signet is working towards the 2025 National Packaging Targets, which focus on sustainable material sourcing and manufacturing, right through to the end-of-life product disposal.

We are committed to providing our customers with environmentally friendly products and solutions that have minimal impact on the environment. Each product within our eco-friendly range has characteristics such as compostable, recyclable, biodegradable, reusable and/or made from recycled or renewable resources.

  • Compostable
  • Recyclable
  • Biodegradable
  • Reusable
  • Made from recycled or renewable sources

Check out the icon and product descriptions to find out more about the environmental benefits of each product.

Check out our Australian Packaging Covenant infographic (PDF)

FAQs

How do you know which products have environmentally friendly characteristics?

Each product in this range is labelled with an environmental characteristic. This can be found on the product page on the website above the 'in stock' and 'same day dispatch' badge or in our product catalogue in the eco-friendly section.

What does each environmental characteristic mean?
  • Compostable
    A product that breaks down into natural components under specific condition that returns nutrients back to soil.
  • Recyclable
    Products that can be recycled through kerbside collections or through a designated facility. Find out what can be recycled near you at PlanetArk
  • Biodegradable
    A product that breaks down into elements found in nature when exposed to light, air, and moisture.
  • Re-usable
    A product that can be reusable multiple times, which reduces the amount of material sent to landfill.
  • Made from recycled or renewable sources
    Products that contain a significant proportion of recycled material or made from materials that can regenerate in a reasonable amount of time and can be responsibly managed.
How is Signet committed to reducing their environmental impact?

As a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) we are committed to reduce our impact on the environment and provide environmentally friendly solution to our customers wherever possible.

We are developing environmentally friendly solutions, including recycling and reusing during the manufacturing process, and undertaking Lean initiatives to reduce waste. While we do this as a business we are sharing this to our customers to offer environmentally friendly product and solutions to help our customers work toward the 2025 National Packaging Targets.

What is the difference between home and commercial composting?

Composting is the natural, biological decomposition of organic matter by fungi, bacteria, insects, worms and other organisms to product a nutrient rich compost. A commercial compost facility optimizes the process to ensure rapid biodegrading of organic materials. These sites optimize each step by controlling conditions like shredding materials to the same size or controlling the temperature and oxygen levels.

These measures ensure a rapid biodegrading of the organic material to a high quality, toxic-free compost. Home composting uses the same variables but are less controlled. There are three main ways of home composting:

  1. Time, which is the slowest method as you don't have any help in increasing oxygen levels which increase heat and create the perfect environment for composting.
  2. Motion, by turning the mixture, you add oxygen to the compost, accelerating the process. Adding heat creates a perfect environment for microorganisms to emerge and breakdown materials.
  3. Worms, the fasted at-home method, which put worms to work to aerating your compost and degrade the material faster.
What is biodegradable packaging?

Biodegradable packaging can break down when exposed to certain light, air and moisture conditions. Some products include our Kraft Water Activated Tape, Geami, FillPak and our rubber bands.

We also carry a range of sustainable packaging that include pallet wrap made from recycled materials, compostable BioFill, Mailers that are recyclable and made from recycled materials. Plus we are ever growing this range, so keep an eye out for any new products.

Hot tips on home composting

Paper – Try to cut paper products into smaller pieces allowing it to breakdown easier

Compostable Plastic – Requires a higher temperature and will take 12-18 months to break down. Please note this is a general rule and might be faster or take longer for certain products.

What are some environmentally friendly product alternatives?
  • Load containment
    The Velcro Logistrap - A reusable strap that is used to secures pallet loads for movement around worksites, which also cuts down the amount of time it takes to wrap a pallet.
  • Reusable mailing bags
    Our return mails allow your customer to return or reuse the mailer more than once, with multiple adhesive strips.
  • Eco-friendly bubble wrap
    A great bubble wrap alternative is Geami. A die cut paper that creates a 3D honeycomb structure that protects your products. Made from a 100% recyclable, renewable and biodegradable paper.
  • Protective packaging
    Another eco-friendly alternative to Geami is BioFill, a compostable product that provides shock absorbing protection for product in transit. Made from natural corn starch that once applied with water, breaks down quickly. Or if you are looking for just a mailer we carry Jiffy Padded mailers that is a cushioned mailer constructed from heavy-duty kraft.
  • Tableware
    We carry a range of compostable plates, cups and cutlery, to replace those single use plastic cutlery, plates and Styrofoam cups.
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