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Environmentaly Sustainable Practices

 
Mushroom Catering is a catering business at the forfront of sustainable practices far exceeding current environmental compliances.
We strive to minimise enviromental impact throught all aspects of our operations,
 
Using eco frendly biodegradable cleaning products in our kitchens
Recycling all waste
Energy efficient kitchen equipment 
Purchasing locally grown sustainable produce
 
These practices are shared at work and in the private lives of all the staff at Mushroom Catering
 
One main area is our disposable packaging, all of which are either recycalable or compostable 
 We use and recommend Green Mark products with all our packaged catering and within our kitchens.
Our catering packaging products are made with the following materials.
 
  
 

Sugarcane Bagasse / Pulp

Sugarcane bagasse itself is a waste material, the dry fibrous residue left after sugarcane stalks have been crushed to extract the juice mainly for sugar manufacturing. When the fibers already crushed, less energy is required to make bagasse products compared with pulping wood for paper products.

Products made from sugarcane bagasse are strong and durable, jet natural fibre is very pleasant to touch and breathable. Leak and oil proof, with no lining required. Microwavable (warm up only). Refrigerator safe. ISO 9001 and ISO 14000 certified.

Compostable and recyclable (paper stream)

Our products are made to decompose in a commercial composting facility within 60-90 days. Suitable for home composting. Complies with ASTM D6868 and EN13432 reports for compostability.

 

 

Bamboo / Pulp / Paper

Fast growing bamboo regenerates quickly, making it a sustainable choice. Growing at a rate of up to 91 cm a day, Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth. Bamboo requires no irrigation and unlike trees it rarely needs replanting after it harvested, it grows rapidly and can be harvested in 3-5 years.

WOOD / PAPER / FSC Certified

The original raw material used for our wooden cutlery and paper cups manufacture is wood fibre, from sustainably managed forests, natural renewable resource.

End of life options

Wooden cutlery / Recyclable and compostable

Our paper cups are lined with PLA lining and are compostable in industrial composting facility only. Across Australia and New Zealand there is limited access to compost facilities so the current end-of-life option for the cups in the paper and cardboard recycling in the absence of wide scale commercial composting.

 

  Cardboard / Recycled content

Cardboard is made from a renewable resource, compostable and easily recyclable, with decreasing production emissions.

The original raw material used for carton manufacture is wood fibre, as an option from sustainably managed forests. Additionally, at the end of life, cartons are collected and recycled and form a secondary raw material.

End of life options

Folding cartons can easily be recycled by reprocessing in a mill, where the fibres are separated. The recovered fibre is then used to make cartonboard or another paper or board product. Alternatively, they can either be composted, a process also known as “organic recycling”, or if recycling is no longer a viable option, their energy content can be recovered in an energy-from-waste incinerator.

 

PLA Biobased Plastics

Greenmark clear cups and deli containers, and PLA cutlery are made from Ingeo PLA, a bioplastic produced from corn.

The production of PLA produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions. when compared to conventional plastic production.

Products made from PLA bioplastics are compostable in industrial

composting facilities.

 

Areca PALM leaves

Areca trees have large leaves, or fronds, which shed and fall to the ground every few weeks. The leaves are usually collected and burned. Our Palm Leaf range turns these leaves into disposable plates, bowls, platters – natural, compostable and biodegradable.

A strong, semi flexible yet not brittle, odourless, water and heat resistant leaf, this product has its own natural grains, characteristic texture and colour. Each one is unique. The palm leaf can be used to bake foodstuff and can even tolerate microwave cooking.

The leaves are sorted, and then washed and heat pressed into a variety of shapes such as bowls, plates and platters (this also sterilizes the leaf) maximizing the use of this beautiful natural Product.

No pulp, no starch, just a washed and pressed leaf. Totally natural.

End of life option

Use it again or you can compost it.

If you don’t compost at home but you’ve got a garden, you could just break the plates up and spread the pieces round your garden. They will break down, enriching the soil like any other leaf, within a couple of months

 

 

 

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