Forever Reusable


At Palm Outdoor Australia, we believe that as a community we need to increase the practices of reusing and recycling by moving away from products that are disposable or cannot be recycled. 

Consumer are rightly cynical of claims made without a guarantee. It might say dishwasher safe on the label - but for how long? Palm Outdoor Australia backs up our commitment to waste reduction and reusability with a clear, unambiguous guarantee:

All Palm Outdoor Tritan® products are guaranteed to be forever unbreakable. 

The Forever Unbreakable Guarantee is offered on our Marc Newson Tritan® Drinkware, Alfresco Tritan® Drinkware, Tritan® Jug and Tritan® Salad Bowl. If they break in normal use, we will replace them or issue a credit.

We are able to offer the Forever Unbreakable Guarantee because:

  • Tritan® is not broken down by dishwashing chemicals - unlike polycarbonate
  • Tritan® is a uniquely strong material
  • Our designs are robust and built to last
  • Our quality control procedures ensure consistency

 

A long-standing commitment to the environment

Palm Outdoor Australia has a history of being an early adopter of effective environmental solutions, having become a 100% BPA-free company in 2014 by replacing polycarbonate with Tritan®.

This commitment is continued with our pioneering Forever Unbreakable Guarantee – the first and only such guarantee in the market, to our knowledge.

 

Making sense of mixed messages

With many conflicting and often misleading messages in the market regarding the sustainability of various materials and production methods, Palm Outdoor has a clear position on the practices that do and do not offer a positive and sustainable way forward:

Renewable materials:

Overall impact on the environment: It's complicated

Replacing products made from oil and natural gas with renewably sourced material sounds good but the reality is more complex when the bigger picture is considered.

The renewably sourced material has to be harvested, transported and converted in a refinery into a hydrocarbon based material, using oil and natural gas and electricity.

The cost of renewably sourced material is usually higher and its life is often shorter - requiring replacement sooner.

Widespread adoption will result in the diversion of large amounts of farm land and water from food production to, for example, the growing of bamboo - crowding out food production and causing prices to rise.

The pressure on land resources may result in more clearing of forests.

The conversion from organic to hydrocarbon can also release large amounts of the green-house gases CO2 and Methane.

The outcome can be

  • no saving of oil, gas or coal
  • increases in green-house gasses
  • higher product cost
  • higher product cost
  • shorter product life
  • higher food costs
  • pressure to clear forests
  • more wasted resources and more landfill

 

Compostable materials:

Overall impact on the environment: Negative

In our view, the use of compostable plastics is a "Green-wash" solution: it sounds good but overall has a negative environmental impact

Worse, it gives the impression that habits of single-use products and excess packaging become guilt-free and so there is no need to change consumption behaviours.

For composting to work, the compostable plastic needs to be 100% sorted so here is no contamination, and then composted in a commercial facility to ensure the 70 degree C heat and required humidity are present. Domestic composting is unlikely to have these conditions.

Currently there are few, if any, commercial composting facilities that will accept compostable plastics.

Additionally, the composting process releases green-house gasses CO2 and methane.

Recycled products:

Overall impact on the environment: Positive (potentially)

The use of recycled plastics holds promise but is being held back by a lack of availability of clean uncontaminated waste. As sorting and cleaning technology improves this is likely to change.  

We are ready to test recycled products when they become commercially available.

 

Melamine and Bamboo/Melamine:

Overall impact on the environment: Negative

In our view, the use of bamboo-melamine material is another "Green-wash" solution, when the following factors are considered:


• Melamine and Bamboo-Melamine cannot be re-melted so cannot be recycled.
• They are more likely to chip and break that conventional plastics, resulting in a shorter shorter life.
• Melamine is usually made from natural gas, with large quantities of green-house CO2 are released during its manufacture.
• Melamine moulding uses much more energy than plastic moulding.

Melamine is moulded at 345 degree C. If raw bamboo was added it would turn to ash, so the bamboo that is used is be in a modified form. As previously mentioned, increase in Bamboo production has severely impactful knock-on effects relating to crowding out of food production and embedded energy production.

 

The way forward:

  • More long-life reusable products

  • More products that can be recycled

  • More use of recycled materials

  • No compostable products

  • Renewably sourced material limited to agricultural waste and to niche products. 


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