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Social enterprise Spacewhite eyes single-use plastic free future

Social enterprise Spacewhite has set out to help reduce single-use plastic waste in Australia by introducing plastic-free household range. 

The company has recently rolled out a sustainable product range, which includes plastic wrap-free bamboo toilet paper and a biodegradable, plant-based laundry detergent that comes in a new sheet format instead of powder.

“We wanted to offer consumers an alternative model which provides them with access to common household products but without the plastic packaging,” said Alice Allen, a spokesperson for Spacewhite. 

For the first five years of its business, Spacewhite will contribute all its profit to Plastic Oceans Australia organisation. Allen says the objective is to force a sea change in the FMCG industry. 

According to Allen, more than 90 per cent of plastic packaging in households is discarded after a single use and 130,000 tonnes of plastic will find its way into Australian waterways and into the ocean. 

“Most of the household products we take home from our weekly grocery shop are wrapped in single plastics,” she added. “Sadly, only a small proportion of this plastic will be recycled and much of it ends up in our oceans where it will break down into microplastics.”

Since its launch, Spacewhite has recorded online orders from more than 20,000 Australian households. 

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