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Knowledge Network

Share information with the industry on practical subjects such as where and how to

recycle your plastic waste. Also on where to source items, for example cardboard hangers,

bio-degradable polywrap, re-usable garment coverings and so on.

We would also like to hear about recyclers in your area that will collect: or is there a clever

recycling scheme going on in your community?

Get in touch!

Recycle plastic film

Recycle plastic bottles

Recycle plastic drums

Kent and Essex

The following may be of interest, writes Fatemah Eskandarypur:





(They have Ecolabel and Cradle Cradle Certification (gold) on many of

their (Green Care professional) product)..

Post - Plastics Event ( Nov 2019)

The following event is coming up which includes Tipa

Corp,  Ooho - now called Notpla who I had mentioned in our previous

meetings earlier in the year and also Aquapak (as mentioned above)

In terms of tools to encourage companies to continuously improve responsibly please see -

B-Corp (which most may already be aware of) which is now gaining great traction and

recognition in the UK. Although a certification programme - it is a little different in

that it focuses on performance and continually monitors and encourages constant improvement

rather than a box ticking exercise!

Introducing hot water-soluble laundry bags

9 January 2020


Australian distributor, DB Packaging, has launched hot water-soluble laundry bags, made from Aquapak polymer. The bags can be used to contain dirty or contaminated laundry, and can be put directly into washing machines without the risk of direct human contact.

As the bags dissolve safely in hot water, there is no plastic residue to dispose or that can potentially cause machine breakdown. While retaining all the functionality of traditional plastic bags, they are also non-toxic, marine-safe and biodegradable.

Based in New South Wales, DB Packaging an eco packaging company that provides innovative and environmentally sustainable packaging solutions, has worked with their manufacturer, Advent Packaging, to bring to market their range of cytotoxic laundry bags and food waste bags made from Aquapak’s Hydropol polymer pellets. Aquapak has a purpose-built, modern 50,000 sq. ft. compounding production facility in Birmingham, UK. This site is in commercial production of Hydropol polymer pellets.

DB Packaging’s hot water soluble laundry bags are supplied to hospitals and care homes, hotels and commercial laundries. They approached Aquapak as they wanted an ‘eco’ version that would retain the strength, puncture resistance, barrier properties and durability of traditional laundry bags whilst reducing the amount of contaminated bed linen which had to be incinerated. The resulting bags remove the process of having to remove laundry from bags before washing and negate the occupational health and safety risks when there is heavily soiled, infectious or cytotoxic content. Cytotoxic linen is also easily identified.

In addition, DB Packaging’s range of hot water-soluble food waste bags have proven to be of particular interest to the food waste collection and anaerobic digestion processors.

Director of DB packaging, David Beaver said: “ Hydropol from Aquapak is already changing the medical arena and will continue to improve the way both businesses and consumers can handle waste. There are many applications for this material but the real winner is the environment, as the material is water soluble, non-toxic and marine safe.”

Mark Lapping, CEO at Aquapak added: “It’s fantastic to see Aquapak polymer being made into laundry and food waste bags that are transforming the way these are used in everyday processes. We look forward to seeing further innovative solutions from DB Packaging in the future!”

Hoesh International

Meera Chudasama, Assistant Manager at Hoesh International writes: "Hoesh International are working hard to try and help the drycleaning industry eliminate/reduce single use polythene by using re-usable garment bags. We have recently designed a shirt bag for the five-shirt service which most dry cleaners offer so they can automatically eliminate five pieces of polythene by using our reusable customisable shirt bag instead!


Letter from America

I recently read about some OR nurses in Florida, who found that they could recycle the special plastic sheathing they put on OR surgery gear, which is normally trashed, into warm parka coats for the homeless. Anyway, what if we could take the shrink wrap sheaths, that they put atop of boats and vehicles, to protect them from the elements in off fishing seasons, which is usually trashed, and also take all of the clothes dryer lint and anti-static cling fluffies from laundromats, and stitch that normally trashed lint and fluffies into insulating pockets, between sheets of these discarded shrink wrap sheets, to make sleeping bags for the homeless, and also to donate to all of the freezing refugees of the world, which number in the millions now!

That covers it.

Best regards,

Robert G. Schreib Jr., 44 Georgetown Drive, Toms River, NJ 08757-4320, 1-732-505-0387, E: 

Check out this publication, above, put together as a project by Abi Kelvie, a student studying product design at the University of Sussex.

Although TRASH doesn't home in on single use plastic specifically, it does give an interesting overview of our dependence on plastic as well as exploring other areas textile care professionals will relate to, such as upcycling, sharing and re-using clothing.

There is also an in-depth interview with WE ARE

environmentalist Claire Potter where Abi interrogates her on her views of the plastic crisis and some possible solutions.

Abi also goes to town debunking some common myths and what she claims are outright lies.

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