Biodegradable: indicates the process of biological breakdown
by microorganisms including, bacteria, fungi and enzymes.
These microorganisms eat away at the biodegradable material
leaving behind only natural constituents of biomass, carbon
dioxide and water. Subsequently these natural materials can
be safely re-absorbed back into the earth.
Compostable: refers to the biological breakdown and recycling
of ‘Organic’ or ‘Biodegradable’ materials within a composting
environment. An ideal composting environment is subject to
certain heat or moisture conditions. Decomposition of such
materials results in the addition of rich nutrients to the soil
and can be an effective form of fertiliser for home gardeners
Degradable: products are oil-based with an additive included to
trigger the process of degradation – They are not biodegradable
or compostable. Degradable materials break down via a
chemical reaction and the end results of degradation do
nothing more than break down the oil components into
smaller fragments leaving behind the same amount of plastic
dust. Degradable bags require specific UV conditions in order
to break down and will remain intact when composted or
buried in landfill.
Every business has the ability to reduce the amount of plastic circulated into the environment. Somewhere between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year. This alarming number has prompted many Government bodies around the world to proactively ban the use of single use non-biodegradable bags. Countries such as Ireland and Italy alongside states such as California and South Australia are leading the way in addressing this topical issue.
‘Green Bags’ are made from polypropylene, a fossil fuel-based plastic. While they may be recyclable, most eventually end up in landfill.
Although paper bags are seen to be environmentally friendly, it takes four times the amount of energy to manufacture a paper bag compared to a compostable bag. In addition, the billions of cubic metres of timber consumed in the paper industry each year are not always plantation timber.
Calico bags can be a reasonable substitute for green bags because of their sturdiness and reusability. However, calico bags are made from cotton, requiring vast amounts of water to grow.
Because We Care Bags
Our compostable bags are made with cornstarch, an annually renewable resource, which unlike trees are grown and harvested in a single season. Because our bioplastics are made with organic plant materials, they break down within 45 days in a compost environment – about the same time as a dry leaf – offering the most practical and eco-friendly solution existing today.