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. This means, as well as biodegrading, they also meet certain criteria under controlled conditions.
Commercially compostable products 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.
The first two points relate to degradation speed and the final is what enables the finished compost to safely support future growth of organic life. For packaging products, the European Standard that regulates the above-mentioned conditions is the EN 13432.
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 our certified 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.
In order for our 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.
Will the Edenware product break down in my home compost bin?
Whilst the Edenware® products are likely to break down in your home compost bin the products are certified to an industrial compostable standard and therefore should get binned with food waste and other commercially compostable materials. To be commercially compostable means that a product will degrade into compost only under very specific and rigid criteria which are created in a commercial facility including heating the materials to certain temperature.
During composting, compostable products will break down into carbon dioxide (CO2), water, inorganic compounds and biomass which leaves no visible contaminants or toxic residue/substances. After this process, the waste is turned into a nutrient dense mulch ideal for growing of more plants.
Again, for a product to be called commercially compostable, it must be certified to EN13432 or its equivalent.