Alba Cheese prefers the environmental benefits of BioGone Stretch Wrap

Alba Cheese, a local manufacturer of high-quality, authentic Italian cheese is proud to say it uses stretch wrap from BioGone. BioGone produces a range of plastic wrapping and packaging products that will biodegrade away when sent to a landfill.

Initially some samples were provided to Alba and they found the products were good quality.  Once they understood the large environmental benefit of being biodegradable in landfills, they were even more enthusiastic to switch to it.  It gave them the confidence they were looking after the environment as well in their operations.

Alba cheese has a commitment to be as sustainable as they can in their operations. As the company grows, they are becoming more aware of what they can do more and products like BioGone’s fit their goals nicely. When asked what Alba though of BioGone’s products they replied, “Excellent product. Not that it is just environmentally friendly but excellent product compared to others we have tried in the past”.

Not only for their own peace of mind, Alba Cheese wants their customers know too they are going above and beyond to help the environment out. They believe not only will this promote their products, but it educates their customers that these better buying options are available.  Many companies are trying to be sustainable these days and Alba are a good example of how BioGone allows a company to achieve some of these goals.

BioGone is an Australian company founded after the owners realised that our normal operating practices in using plastic were doing a lot of harm to the environment.  Many products such as stretch wrap are only used for a one-way trip of a few hours then more than likely discarded to a landfill to sit there for several hundreds’s of years.  This happens 1000’s of times a day across Australia. Australia uses about 1.5 million tonnes of plastic a year and only a small percent is recycled.

Another way to look at it, we are using plastic products for a very short time but are leaving future generations to have to deal with it.  BioGone owners could not accept that and so started developing a range of common, single use plastic products that are used by various business types that once discarded to a landfill, the natural microbes could digest the plastic away as food. The method used to do this is to add in a proprietary organic additive to the plastic raw material. The additive has no change on the plastic properties except for when it is disposed to a microbe rich environment such as a landfill.   There the microbes see the food and start to digest it away and, in the process, break the polymer down so they can digest that too. The only bi-products are a biogas evolved and a biomass (humus) or plant fertiliser remaining. It is not a degradable action the results in small plastic bits remaining, but a full biodegradable process.

The biodegradation time frame is a question a lot of people ask. The easier way to answer it is to consider the biodegradation time factor can be thought of as 20 times faster than a conventional plastic of the same size. While this is not as fast as say an apple core biodegrading away, it is still quite fast relative to a conventional plastic.   Plus, it means we are dealing with our plastic waste in our lifetime, not leaving it for future generations to deal with.

For a number of its products BioGone is the only manufacturer in the world for them.  Products such as landfill-biodegradable packing tape, stretch wrap, Packing list Enclosed-type stick on envelopes, strapping and more are only produced by BioGone.

BioGone fully recognise this is not a panacea to the whole plastic problem. Their plastic has no benefits in the ocean or water ways for example as there are few microbes there to digest the plastic away. However, since most of our plastic waste does go to landfill, then this is a very good place to start. That is why they stress their materials are landfill-biodegradable as it tells the user where they have to dispose of the product in order for it to biodegrade

Another benefit of BioGone’s plastic products is that they are mainstream recyclable too.   Even encouraged. The additive stays inert in the plastic while it is reprocessed.  It doesn’t require any different processing equipment and the final product will not be any different.  Due to the additive being diluted down however, it is unlikely a new product from the recycled material would be landfill-biodegradable. BioGone also supplies some products made from home compostable plastics.

This are plant-based materials not fossil fuel based materials which many buyers are starting to seek out.   It has advantages of being quite fast to biodegrade in landfills or consumers home compost bins.  Its disadvantages are that it is a slight bit more costly and is not recyclable.  In many cases however this is a good sustainable option.

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Luxury Melbourne hotel reaping the benefits of BioGone products

The Sofitel Melbourne On Collins is synonymous with luxury, glamour and timeless elegance.  It is also a huge supporter of many Biogone products, utilised in areas across the hotel operation.

The Hotel is a certified ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System organisation. To comply with this international standard, they consistently need to challenge themselves to find new ways to reduce their carbon footprint.  For the Sofitel, Biogone was a perfect fit, especially in assisting the hotel in becoming more sustainable in their various outlets.

Johanna Bouniol, quality, risk and environment manager at the Sofitel, recently shared the Biogone story.

“We have been using Biogone’s Landfill-biodegradable products since July 2019,” she said.  “We use their disposable gloves and Landfill biodegradable cling wrap, which is BPA free, in our banquets, restaurant, lounge and Club areas for both cleanliness and food safety.”

The hotel staff and the entire Accor group are determined to reduce our waste and be an ecofriendly hotel. So when we challenged our kitchen and purchasing staff to find new suppliers that fit this goal, we had many different options. Biogone became the supplier of choice when we looked at the biodegradable plastics it produces and the effect it has on landfill.

Biogone is a good fit with Sofitel Melbourne in the products they create and distribute.  Hotels are not just a place for guests to sleep in, we actually service more guests per day in our conference and events areas, restaurants, bar and Club lounge. The impact on landfill from these areas and in particular the use of single use gloves and cling film is quite extensive. With plastic taking 450 years to break down, the team and hotel were motivated for a change.

A trial period was set up with Biogone products where the hotel placed key targets on the quality of the products. Biogone products – the gloves and cling film surpassed all expectations and targets and have implemented across all outlets.

“Our BioGone representative has been a great partner and active contact since the beginning. He has worked alongside our team to ensure a high level of understanding of the products and operation’s needs. For example, originally, their glove offerings were only in black and green colour,”  Bouniol said. “As per our food safety guidelines, our kitchen teams have to wear blue gloves. John immediately found a solution to meet our request and created landfill biodegradable blue gloves for us. Furthermore, last September, we organised an event where we invited key F&B people from all our AccorHotels properties in Victoria. This event was to present to them some of our Eco friendly initiatives. It was a great opportunity to present the Biogone products to all our Accor properties. When we asked Biogone to be part of this event, they didn’t hesitate a second and were a great supporter of the initiative.”

Companies like Biogone give the opportunity for businesses to be more sustainable while keeping the same quality of products. It is working alongside industry to assist them with their environmental needs.

The hotel reports that Biogone offers a range of products that are as good as non-biodegradable plastic items, but its products will biodegrade in landfills within a few years.