Alpen & the Environment
Alpen are a proudly Australian family owned and operated business and have been trading for over 50 years!
We have watched many trends come and go over this period but one important topic of our product development has always been the environment!
How can our products bring joy to life, celebrations and occasions while being the earth friendly choice?
When we design a product or a range, there are many factors and where possible, we make the best earth friendly choice!
PLASTIC! How can we REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE?
Alpen’s coloured plastic tableware has been a key range for customers for 3 decades and still represents itself well in this category with some really positive benefits.
Did you know that our plastic tableware is both reusable & recyclable?
Independent testing confirms that our PP5 tableware and cutlery range is:
- dishwasher safe on the top rack with a PASS result for 25 cycles with no breakage or adverse effects.
- microwave safe with a PASS result for 5 cycles at 10 mins per cycle in a microwave oven with 1000W output power without distorting, melting, surface deformation or staining
- Resistant to heat with no visual change or damage after 24 hours at 100 degrees Celsius
Our plastic tableware is made from Polypropylene – this means that it is FREE FROM BPA, Styrene & DEHP!
Polypropylene (PP) is rated by the Centre for International Environmental Law as amongst the safest of all tested plastics based on an assessment of the materials used to make it.
o No BPA – a harmful chemical that migrates to food through contact
o No Styrene – a harmful chemical that migrates to food through contact
o No DEHP – a harmful chemical that migrates to food through contact
- See page 30: Plastic & Health: The hidden costs of a plastic planet
- Polypropylene receives a Relative hazard score of 1 vs. 2788 for Polystyrene (the monomer Styrene migrates to food and is carcinogenic!)
- Healthier Food Uses of Plastics
Research has found that polypropylene is able to be combined with and/or more easily separated from, other plastics when collected for recycling than polystyrene. This means that products and packaging manufactured using propylene are more likely to be recycled than those made out of polystyrene, and less likely to impact on the recyclability of other plastics.
- Local Australian recycling tonnage of Polypropylene is 10x that of Polystyrene: Australian Plastics Recycling Survey
- See page 27: Design Smart material Guide, Plastics packaging Covenant, Rigid Plastic Packaging
Being this recyclable means that this range is not “single use plastics”. The plastics used can be reused and recycled, making them the best choice for plastic tableware!
Research has also found that the production of polypropylene generally generates between 40-50% less greenhouse gas emissions than polystyrene. Polypropylene has also been found to emit far less methane and ethylene (common greenhouse gases) during degradation (if littered) than polystyrene.
- 55% lower greenhouse gas impacts vs. polystyrene, see page 6: Design Smart material Guide, Plastics packaging Covenant, Rigid Plastic Packaging
- See Table 1 for emissions on degradation: Production of methane and ethylene from plastic in the environment
Our plastic tablecovers are also recyclable in your “soft plastics” recycling. If you have used them as many times as you want and are ready to discard them, we recommend you cut them into A3 size pieces and return them to store with your other household soft plastics.
Did you know that balloons are made from Latex and is a sustainable, plant based product?
Our Decrotex balloons are manufactured from the sap of the Rubber Tree, better known as Latex. The rubber sap is then transformed into balloons, through different processes but maintaining its natural condition. Rubber Trees are not cut down during this process, but instead the milky white sap flows freely from the tree when a sliver of bark is removed.
Our balloons are 100% biodegradable. No filler materials, plasticizers or other agent are used to reduce costs.
We do support the responsible use of Balloons and are members of PEBA (Pro Envionment Balloon Alliance). We do not support the release of helium balloons into the atmosphere. More information can be found about the responsible use of balloons at: https://www.peba.com.au/
We practice what we preach!
Environmental impacts don’t only relate to the products we sell, its in our every day business practices.
Alpen are members of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation and have been for many years. We have programs in place to ensure our products are correctly labelled with easy to understand disposal information and regularly update these as recycling procedures evolve.
As a member of the APCO, we report annually on our collection and recycling of business produced waste and have recently maintained “Level 3, Advanced” status on our core criteria. We continue to review practices that help us divert waste from landfill and will continue to better these practices annually. You can download our latest APCO Annual Report and Action Plan Document here.