What is Biodegradable?
A biodegradable product is one that is capable of being decomposed through the metabolism of microorganisms. What this essentially means for a biodegradable plastic; is that it’s eaten!
This process leaves no trace of the product’s original existence – the carbon atoms within the plastic are broken apart; as organic molecules are created. These molecules can be processed by, and create, organic living things; generating a natural and sustainable lifecycle.
What is compostable?
Compostable products are a subset of biodegradable products, which means as well as biodegrading, they also meet certain criteria under certain conditions. Our compostable products fall into 2 categories, those that are suitable for home composting and those that are commercially compostable.
Because of the comparatively smaller volumes of waste involved, the temperature in a garden compost heap is lower and tends to be less constant than in an industrial composting environment. This means that certified home compostable packaging like our Bagasse Range, can simply be placed in your home compost. Products like these will have been rigorously tested in order to meet several standards Australia: AS 5810 (2010), France: NF T 51800 (2015) and Europe: prEN 17427 (2020) and carry seeding logo 7P2423 and ‘OK compost HOME’ conformity mark, meaning that any component or material used in the packaging including the printing ink, and the adhesives will break down into carbon dioxide (CO2), water, inorganic compounds and biomass with no visible contaminants or toxic residue/substances suitable to decompose within a garden compost environment.
Commercially compostable products which will have been rigorously tested in order to meet the conditions as set out in EN-13432 and carry the ‘OK compost INDUSTRIAL’ conformity mark, will biodegrade by 90% within 6 months. At 12 weeks 90% of the product should pass through 2mm x 2mm mesh. This stage of testing evidences the disintegration of the packaging product. Finally, the toxicity and quality of the finished compost must not be adversely affected by the ‘compostable’ subject to safely ensure the future growth of organic life.
In order for our commercially compostable products to fulfil the lifecycle we intend for them – an infrastructure, as illustrated below, is vital. Consumers using compostable packaging must be diligent in using a designated commercial food waste stream, while avoiding the disposal of non-compostable materials that will be rejected as contaminates.
What is Bagasse?
Bagasse is the dry pulpy fibrous residue that remains after sugarcane or sorghum stalks are crushed to extract their juice. We turn that sugarcane ‘would-be-waste’ residue, into pressed bowls, plates and clamshells!
Our Bagasse products are certified home compostable, have great functionality and look fantastic. The perfect alternative to difficult-to-recycle materials; eliminating the need to sort food-contaminated waste where designated food waste collections are provided.
What are Edenware Cups made from?
Our Edenware cups are made using certified, compostable PLA-lined paperboard. This is a plant-based lining and offers a sustainable alternative to conventional PE lined cups and our use of water and vegetable-based inks allows you to create an environmentally friendly custom design suitable for industrial composting facilities