Planet Ark is working alongside Alliance Paper to encourage businesses to protect the environment and public health by using paper products that are free of chemicals of concern, such as bisphenol A (BPA) and per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Planet Ark entered into the partnership with Alliance Paper based on The Precautionary Principle, which states that:
When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.
As part of our partnership, Planet Ark is proud to support Alliance Paper’s strategy for introducing safer and more environmentally responsible thermal paper rolls into the Australian market as they become viable. This strategy focuses on the removal of chemicals of concern, such as Phenol (including BPA), from thermal paper till receipts.
The first step is to limit the use of the low-cost industrial chemical BPA, which is increasingly causing concern over its potential impact on human health and ecotoxicity. Planet Ark conducted a research report into the health and environmental impacts of BPA and its analogues.
The European Commission has published a regulation that severely restricts the use of BPA in thermal paper as of the beginning of 2020, effectively banning its use. Currently, there is no Government led or food standards program in Australia to respond to these global changes. Unfortunately, BPA can still be found in many thermal paper till receipts.
Alliance Paper has opted to use alternatives to BPA of its own accord to reduce the potential risk of ecotoxicity and human exposure to a potentially harmful chemical, including major changes within its operating model to protect staff. Its ultimate goal is to only produce thermal paper that is completely free of chemicals of concern, a move which Planet Ark wholeheartedly supports.
Alliance Paper's Phenol-free, FSC-certified thermal paper rolls are available for businesses to purchase today. For more information, contact Alliance Paper directly or order through their online store.
Currently, the plastic cores used in thermal rolls are not recyclable and are sent to landfill, wasting huge amounts of reusable materials. Alliance Paper’s Core Reuse Program aims to divert these cores from landfill and send them back into recirculation through a collection and distribution system. Each core has the potential to be reused at least seven times before it is eventually disposed of, ensuring the maximum potential of the material is reached.
As thought leaders in the circular economy, Planet Ark supports the Core Reuse Program and is excited to work with Alliance Paper on the implementation of this program.
Planet Ark endorses Alliance Paper’s Rollo Wrap, an environmentally responsible alternative to plastic packaging products.
Learn more about Rollo Wrap.
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