Did You Know
See below for a list of ‘Did You Know’ articles relating to The Potatopak story.
- Disposable meat trays and hot cups
In New Zealand we use 2 million disposable meat trays and 1 million disposable hot cups per week.
- How much do you compost?
Half of the waste in the average dustbin could be composted.
- How much plastic do you use?
Each New Zealander consumes about 31kg of plastic packaging per year and recycles 5.58kg.
In 1970 a yoghurt pot weighed around 12g, by 1985 the weight was reduced to around 5g. This was achieved by innovative plastics engineering and is called lightweighting.
- The cost of a loaf of bread
If you drive 4km to the supermarket to buy a 1kg loaf of bread you will have used four times the energy needed to grow the corn, harvest it, mill it and bake it into a loaf.
- The cost of packaging
On average 16% of money spent on a product pays for the packaging which ultimately ends up as rubbish.
- The life of plastic
Plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose.