SA Single-Use Plastic Ban March 2021

SA Single-Use Plastic Ban March 2021

Little Green Panda supports plastic bans for a sustainable future. Several countries and states are taking action to eliminate single-use plastics and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels–which is unsustainable.

Countless studies are showing that plastic pollution is devastating to marine animals and is polluting the soil faster than it can break down. Single-Use Plastic bans are an effective strategy to help us transition faster into a circular economy and into a healthier, more sustainable society.

This is something we, at Little Green Panda, are very passionate about.

From the 1st of March 2021, South Australia will become the first in Australia to enforce this plan to tackle plastic waste. Restaurants and other food businesses will no longer be permitted to use plastic straws, stirrers, and items that contain oxo-degradable plastic or organic polymers (plant-based polymers). If they do, they could face a AUD $23,000 fine.

Plant-based polymers, otherwise known as "bio-plastics", are much better for the environment than plastics made from fossil fuels. South Australia has however decided to ban any type of polymerisation, regardless of its origin, which we fully support.

Our Sugar Cane straws are made from sugarcane pulp mixed with a natural cassava bio-plastic binding. Our line of plant-derived sugarcane straws will not be available in South Australia as any kind of organic polymer (which is a natural material found in our sugarcane straws) is considered in SA, a plastic. Be it home compostable or not.

The ban on plastic straws and cutlery will go into effect next month, so we're currently producing another, more durable alternative that is approved by South Australia's legislative. Please contact us for alternative compostable straws.

 Will Little Green Panda continue to supply plant-based straws in other states?

We support bans on single-use plastics and on bioplastics that are only industrially compostable. (Due to the lack of infrastructure available in Australia for these items to properly break down.)

However, we believe that home compostable bioplastics — made from plants and not petroleum — are an amazing and innovative substitute! Our plant-based straws can be digested by naturally occurring microorganisms. They biodegrade in the sense that they do not leave permanent micro-plastics behind and are even ocean-friendly. Therefore, we will continue to supply our plant-based straws across the other states.