us & the environment

We believe that our products will be very helpful to people wishing to protect their urban environment.  However we are very mindful that, with this product, we are creating yet more plastic which may eventually end up in a landfill somewhere.
 
In order to reduce our carbon footprint to the minimum we have adopted the following practices:
 
The ezeleash handle has been designed to last as long as possible.  When it finally comes to the end of its useful life, it is recyclable.
 
We have endeavoured to reduce the packaging on our ezeleash, and its accessories, to the minimum.  All packaging can be separated and recycled.
 
When purchasing via our website, to those who would like, we offer ezeleash delivered without packaging.  This option, as well as helping to save the planet, will save the purchaser $3.00.  (in case you are wondering, the packaging costs us about $1.00 to produce).
 
We hope that, when ezeleash becomes well enough established, we will be able to do away with packaging all together.
 
We recycle our packaging, and even collect and use cardboard boxes from other companies that would otherwise have been sent to the landfill. 
 
 
 
When most supermarkets are endeavouring to reduce the number of plastic bags we use, it doesn't seem very green to be introducing more.  The reality is that plastic bags have their uses.  Many people already reuse their plastic supermarket bags.  Bin liners, dog poop pickup ... let's face it, they are very useful.  If supermarket bags cease to exist, then they will inevitably be replaced to some extent by plastic bags targeted at specific uses. 
 
With this in mind, we have opted to use boidegradable plastic in our dog poop bags.  Although it makes the bags slightly more expensive to produce, we believe that people prefer to have this choice available.*
 
If you believe you have an idea that can help us further in this area, please feel free to contact us.
 
In case you are wondering why we sell bags displaying the SPCA logo, it is because we donate $1.00 to this fantastic organization for every item sold in New Zealand.
 
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With the Commerce Commission having recently won a case against a company that made claims about the oxo-biodegradability and environmental friendliness of its plastic rubbish bags, we feel it is important that we make our stance on the matter very clear. 

We hope you will take the time to read this page.   We wish we could say that it will simplify the issues for you, but it probably will not.  What it may do is help you understand that protecting our planet for our children and grandchildren, is not as simple as some would have you believe.

We are passionate about the environment, and we believe the green message has been hijacked to a large extent by special interest groups, keen to push their own agendas.  Some who would pander to the green movement seem to focus a great deal of their attention on banning plastic bags.  It is easy to get the general public on your side by showing them pictures of ugly bags blowing around in the wind.  The truth of the matter is that plastic bags are extremely useful, but account for only around 0.4% of landfill waste.

Our plastic bags are biodegradable in the presence of air (oxo-degradable).  This means that, if they are left above ground, they will break down.  However the intention, and the fact, is that the vast majority of our bags will end up in a landfill. 

You would think that the best thing that could happen to them and their contents, inside a landfill, would be to biodegrade.   However, a landfill is not like a compost heap.  Composting relies on a supply of oxygen to allow the organic matter to degrade aerobically, producing carbon dioxide and water.

Landfill operators bury the material that is brought to them, thus depriving it of oxygen.  Without oxygen the organic matter within the landfill degrades anaerobically, producing methane.  Methane, like carbon dioxide, is a greenhouse gas, but has a potency more than 20 times that of CO2.  If you ask any Council running a landfill what material they would most like to ban, they will say organic matter.  Modern landfills try to deal with the methane produced by anaerobic degradation of organic material by capturing it, but this is very inefficient for many reasons, but especially because an area has to be fully filled before it can be reticulated for gas capture.

Organic matter currently accounts for around 28% of landfill material.  There is a lot we can do to reduce this.  Domestic compost heaps are good, but not everyone has the space, the time or the inclination.  Green waste bins are a very good alternative.  Unfortunately, the issue of organic material going into landfills does not have a strong advocacy group so is not given as much air time by the media as campaigns to ban the use of plastic bags.

Let us be quite clear, by far the greatest threat to the future of the planet is Global Warming.  And Global Warming is caused by greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere.   If you want to help reduce global methane, reduce the amount of organic matter you send to the landfill, and any organic matter you do put in the trash, ensure that you put it in a bag that is not able to degrade anaerobically.

If you are interested in further reading, there is a wealth of material online.  All you need do is Google landfills and methane.