PLASTIC FREE JANUARY – TIP #3
We’ve previously discussed how bathrooms are one of the biggest waste producing areas in our homes. This is usually due to shampoos, conditioners, deodorant etc. that are all packaged in plastic. And also in part because contents the from bathroom waste bin will go straight into the general household bin rather than getting sorted into waste versus recyclables.
One item that’s typically stored in the bathroom that we’re quick to reach for when we get a cut or scratch is a band aid. It’s also an item we don’t think about when we mention “single use plastic” but it most definitely fits that category. No, you can’t recycle a band aid (ewww), but you can replace the plastic adhesive with a compostable adhesive.
Australian owned company Patch Adhesive Strips band aids are not only natural, they’re also compostable. How great is that! The strips are packaged in a cardboard tube that once empty can be placed in your recycling bin– it’s safe to add it to your compost bin too. The strips are wrapped in what appears to be a plastic wrapper—it is in fact a bioplastic that will breakdown quickly if left outside in the natural elements. The outside wrapper is made from natural elements so it won’t break down into microplastics.
At EORTH we like to test the products we sell in what we call our “test garden”, it’s a completely non-scientific patch of dirt where we place items and watch them disappear back into nature. And we can safely say a Patch adhesive strip (band aid) has passed the test. The wrapper, backing from the back of the strip and the strip have all completely vanished.
Please note the other bits of white paper in the 2nd and 3rd images are not part of Patch Adhesive Strips, they are bits of shredded paper that got mixed into our non-scientific experiment.
The team at Patch have have now been approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to change the outside wrapper to a paper version. Although it was already a fantastic biodegradable product, it’s now 100 percent compostable and plastic free!
Patch Strips come in four different types. Activated Charcoal Adhesive Strips: Black coloured strip enhanced with activated charcoal, Natural Organic Adhesive Strips and Aloe Vera Adhesive Strips: Natural coloured strips, one enhanced with Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil Adhesive Strips: with a cute Panda designed strip that’s perfect for kids.
So next time you think of reaching for a band aid—just remember that the standard version of a band aid is made of plastic and will break apart into micro-plastics. Do yourself and the planet a favour, have a handy supply of Patch Adhesive Strips in your first-aid kit.
Here’s to your fast, effective, natural plastic free wound healing and Happy Plastic Free January.
PLEASE NOTE: The above images illustrating biodegradability are completely unscientific and performed in an unmonitored environment. This is experiment was designed to replicate a Patch Strip being discarded (littered) in a natural environment.