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Why are single use plastics such a problem?

‘What is the big deal with single use plastics?’ I hear your perplexed voice ask. ‘Why do plastics continually get such a bad rap?’ ‘They are all biodegradable and breakdown, eventually don’t they?’ Great questions! Plastics are a huge deal in our world today and they deservedly get a bad rap. Let’s have a look at the facts… Plastics take FOREVER to biodegrade. The truth is plastics don’t break down quickly or decompose easily at all or by any stretch of your imagination.  It can take some plastics up to 1000 years to break down and decompose completely. A plastic bottle can take up to 450 years to degrade, while a plastic bread bag can take up to 10 years...

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What are single use plastics?

Single use plastics… We’ve all heard the term flying around like a plastic bread bag on a windy day. But do we really know what single use plastics are? We’ve heard the term used in many ways, and in a lot of different contexts, some right and many wrong. If someone asked you to give them a definition of a single use plastic, what would you say? So, what exactly are single use plastics? Whether you call them disposable plastics or single use plastics, these are the items or packaging that seem to be covering or containing everything we come into contact with today.  Some examples please? Up until 12 months ago, the most common example of single use plastics...

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Keeping your bread fresh

The most common question I'm asked in this business is, 'will the bags keep the bread fresher for longer'?  And the short answer is 'no'. They were not created to extend your breads shelf life. And so they shouldn't.  Aussie Bread Bags was brought to life to help combat the single use plastic problem we have in Australia. We have done it for grocery shopping bags, so I don't see why we shouldn't be applying this method to every plastic option we currently have in place for convenience including bread bags. They are made from a breathable fabric that allows the bread to breathe whilst in the bag and to disallow any potential of mould to grow from the moisture...

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Preservative Free Bread

Does the bread you have at home include preservatives? Is this something you've ever asked yourself? Go and check, I'll wait.  Think about it. How does your loaf of bread stay 'fresh' on the counter for more than a week or sometimes 2?  More often than not we eat preservatives in our food whether we know it or not. But do we know what these preservatives are doing to us? Have a look at this piece Womens Health wrote about scary additives we have in our every day foods and the potential health risks and side effects. https://www.womenshealth.com.au/food-additives-to-avoid. Some of the main culprits added into bread as preservatives are things like, sulphites (sulphur dioxide), propionates, calcium propionate (preservative number 282), preservative...

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Change is good

By now, most of us are aware of the damage single use plastics are doing to our planet. From their manufacturing to their disposal, plastics in general are a non sustainable option. The biggest problem we face (apart from dealing with all the already 'used' plastics in the world, but that's another story) is helping people to overcome the convenience that is plastic. I personally have ran into this problem a lot lately when chatting with bakeries about stocking Aussie Bread Bags. I've had mixed responses. Some bakeries are all for it, keen to give their customers a more sustainable option and help lessen their plastic footprint, others however seem somehow offended? How dare I insinuate that they are part of the...

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