Munch Founder and CEO Anna Bordignan recently joined an NZ project group to raise awareness of product stewardship. Product stewardship is about businesses taking responsibility for the products they make, sell and buy, so their products don’t just end up in landfill. That means designing and making products to last, then putting systems in place to enable them to be reused and recycled when they’re worn out.
SBN is leading the Aotearoa [New Zealand] Product Stewardship Campaign with a number of key businesses and aims to raise awareness and increase the number of businesses involved in product stewardship.
A group was formed to focus on silicone products in particular and Munch is the first New Zealand collection point for a new pilot programme to repurpose silicone: Silicone Send Back.
Anna says Munch chooses to use silicone rather than plastic as a good alternative because of its functional properties, these include thermal stability, durability, non-toxicity and elasticity.
“It’s a great alternative to plastic. But the end-of-life of silicone products in New Zealand needs further consideration. Currently in New Zealand there are no silicone recycling options. Even in the US, the recycling options are limited and are still in early stages.
“The exciting news is that a pilot silicone processing facility is being investigated, as part of The Aotearoa Product Stewardship Campaign led by the Sustainable Business Network.
“To avoid silicone products going into landfills right now, we can start to collect it and sort it,” she says.