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Sustainable Terms and Their Meanings

  • Biodegradable – Means that a substance or object that is able to decay naturally and without harming the environment
  • Carbon Footprint – Relates to the total amount of greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide and methane) that is generated by our actions
  • Carbon Offset – Looks to reduce the GHG* emissions or increase carbon storage by planting trees etc. to compensate for any emissions that occurs
  • Compostable – Something that is compostable can be used as compost when it decays
  • *Greenhouse Gas (GHG) – Is a compound gas that traps heat or longwave radiation in the atmosphere
  • Natural – Anything that is not man-made, in other words, derived from nature
  • Net Positive – Operating commercially but putting more back into the society, the environment and the global economy than it takes out
  • Net Zero – Achieving a balance between the carbon emitted into the atmosphere and the carbon removed from it
  • Plant Derived – Is where the ingredient started out as a whole plant
  • Recyclable plasticsPET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) is a strong plastic than can be recycled; rPET (recycled polyethylene tetraphyte) is produced from 100% recycled post-consumer waste; HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) is a recycled plastic usually safe for food contact;  PCR plastic (Post Consumer Resin) is plastic that is made from post-consumer waste. 
  • Recycle – When you convert waste material into new materials and/or objects
  • Reuse – Taking old items and rather than throwing them away, find a new purpose for them
  • Sustainability – Where we can meet our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations, taking into account social and environmental factors