At Altus Advantage, we’ve found a way to be eco-conscious using recycling and composting as part of our business practices.
By Stéphanie Dion
Everywhere you go, you hear about the importance of recycling and composting to save our planet. In this article, we will help you understand the differences between recycling and composting. You will also understand how we, at Altus Advantage, have aligned our processes, packaging, and products based on this knowledge.
What Is Recycling?
The recycling process means an object will be reused or remade into another product. For instance, all bottles or cans that are part of a bottle return program can be reused or melted and remolded in another product.
Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash. Energy and technology produce turn the original properties into new products although most plastics can only be recycled once. Plastics “are more likely to end up as part of the material that constitutes a shoe, jumper or park bench.”
What Can Be Recycled At Altus Advantage?
Altus Advantage has committed to developing natural cleaning products with minimal waste.
All of our labels are printed on paper and cardboard which are recyclable. And we offer products such as our body sprays and body butter that come in containers that can easily be washed and disposed of in the recycling bin.
We choose glass containers wherever possible, such as in our solid dish soap and laundry butter. They can be washed and reused throughout your home.
What Is Composting?
According to the NRDC, “composting is the natural process of recycling organic matter, such as leaves and food scraps, into a valuable fertilizer that can enrich soil and plants.” It’s easy to do at home or “processed in industrial-scale composting facilities, in smaller-scale community composting systems, and in anaerobic digesters, among other options.”
Did you know? Compostable products are always made from new materials.
The composting process requires some elements to be activated. It requires heat and water to initiate the decomposition process. This means that not all products can be included in a compostable container.
Eater.com explains that bio-plastics are said to be biodegradable and are “made from plants such as corn, sugarcane, and bamboo. They don’t decompose in backyard compost bins and need to be processed at industrial facilities.” It’s important to note that currently “only a few hundred of the roughly 4,000 composting facilities in the U.S. have the ability to accept food scraps and a much smaller subset can accept bio-plastics.”
Our plastic bags are made of PLA or Poly Lactic Acid. They are biodegradable and compostable. Even the ingredients we choose are natural and biodegradable. Finally, the peanut fillers we use are made out of compostable corn starch, not styrofoam.
You, as a consumer, can support businesses that pro-actively choose environmentally friendly ingredients and packaging. This is why Altus Advantage has invested in compostable containers where it makes sense.
These are not always low-cost options but this is where you can make the clear choice to make a difference in what’s important to you and for our future generations.
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Stephanie has been making soap and other bath and body products since 2008. She is a mother of two young adults, with one that has experience food intolerances and skin reactions to chemical products. These conditions started a path toward more natural products and lifestyle, while working full time and managing a small business.
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