HANDY HINTS & TIPS

Drawstring refuse bags:

  • offer an easier to close and secure option due to the handy drawstring closure;
  • allow for up to an extra 25% useable capacity vs an equivalent non-drawstring bag;
  • are side-sealed and therefore have no seal at the bottom, thereby increasing the strength of the bottom of the bag.

Resealable bags have the following benefits:

  • they lock out freezer burn, whilst keeping food fresh and full of taste. Less freezer burn means less wasted food and money;
  • the Clickfresh™ double zipper allows you to feel and hear the bag close from edge-to-edge, giving you confidence that your food is securely stored;
  • securely store juicy fruits and vegetables, sauces and stews, travel items and ice. Our resealable bags stay sealed even when shaken, dropped or stacked;
  • these bags are BPA free and microwaveable so you can safely defrost your food in the microwave;
  • they are great for storing fruit, cheese and meat in the refrigerator;
  • use for marinating meats and storing prepared foods.

The following is the correct technique to ensure an airtight seal:

  • squeeze out as much excess air as possible from the resealable bag;
  • pinch and hold the zipper at the one corner with one hand;
  • use the other hand to press the zipper together, sliding from the pinched corner evenly across the bag to the end of the zipper;
  • the zipper will click into place and create an airtight seal;
  • check to see that the zipper is properly closed by opening the flap and tugging lightly on it - the zipper should remain closed.

Parchment paper:

  • is oven safe to 220°C;
  • enables even the most delicate and sticky foods to lift with ease;
  • saves time and keeps surfaces clean by transferring paper from a pan to a cooling rack or cutting board;
  • is a non-fat alternative that saves clean-up time as no cooking spray is needed;
  • can be used to line baking pans and biscuit sheets;
  • can be used to roll out biscuit dough between two sheets. This means no sticking and ensures an easy transfer to your biscuit tray;
  • is reusable up to four times.

Roasting bags:

  • are designed for meats and poultry, and provide a sturdy cover for all meat dishes;
  • trap in moisture and natural juices to keep food from drying out, resulting in juicy and tender meals every time;
  • make roasting faster, easier and cleaner;
  • enable roasts to cook more quickly than conventional methods;
  • are also perfect for marinating meat, seafood or poultry and can be used to cook casseroles and rice dishes such as risottos.

Now you can have delectable, family-style meals without the messy clean-up!


Microwave steaming bags are ideal for:

  • combining the taste and nutritional benefits of steam cooking – all in a microwave;
  • steaming fresh or frozen vegetables, potatoes, fish, poultry and more.

Each bag has patented vents that allow food to be steamed under pressure so that it is cooked thoroughly and evenly for quick, healthy, delicious meals.

Each bag is printed with useful guidelines for cooking times.


Often referred to as the 3R’s, this concept applies to the minimization of waste.

Reduce and Reuse

The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy. Consider that the raw materials must be extracted from the earth, and the product must be fabricated and then transported to wherever it will be sold. As a result, reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment and save money.

Tips:

  • buy used items;
  • look for products that use less packaging;
  • buy reusable over-disposable items;
  • maintain and repair products items;
  • borrow, rent or share;
  • Upcycling. Reuse discarded objects or materials in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.

Recycle

Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash, and turning them into new products.


Why recycle?

Recycling:

  • reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills;
  • conserves natural resources;
  • prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials;
  • saves energy;
  • reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming;
  • helps sustain the environment for future generations;
  • helps create new well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries.

How do I separate waste for recycling?

The following steps should be followed when preparing for recycling:

  • separate out all organic and food waste for composting;
  • segregate waste by type, i.e. plastic, paper, wood, glass and metals, and place in the designated bins and bags;
  • make sure that material for recycling is not contaminated - clean where possible before sending for recycling.

What are biodegradable plastics?

There are two main types of biodegradable plastics: oxo-biodegradable and hydro-biodegradable.

In both cases degradation begins with a chemical process (oxidation or hydrolysis), followed by a biological process. Both types emit CO2 as they degrade, but hydro-biodegradables (usually starch-based) will also emit methane under anaerobic conditions e.g. deep in landfills.

Only oxo-biodegradable plastics can be economically recycled, while hydro-biodegradables can be composted.


What are Oxo-biodegradable plastics?

Oxo-biodegradable plastics degrade completely and harmlessly in the open environment, i.e. when exposed to oxygen. A very small amount of pro-degradant additive is put into the manufacturing process. This breaks the molecular chains in the polymer and at the end of its useful life, the product degrades. It will be consumed by bacteria and fungi after the additive has reduced the molecular weight to a level that permits them access to the carbon and hydrogen.


What is global warming and how does it affect us?

Global warming is the gradual heating of earth's surface, oceans and atmosphere. Most of the leading scientific organisations in the world acknowledge the existence of global warming as fact.

Global warming begins with the greenhouse effect. Solar radiation passes through the atmosphere to the surface of earth, where it is absorbed and then radiated upward as heat. Gases in the earth's atmosphere absorb about 90% of this heat and radiate it back to the surface.