Frequently Asked Questions

What does degradable packaging mean?

Degradable packaging materials will break down over an undetermined period of time.

What does biodegradable packaging mean?

Biodegradable packaging means that a product will break down in the right conditions and processed by microorganisms.

What is Oxo-biodegradable?

These traditional plastics have an oxo-biodegradable additive added to them. When exposed to heat and UV light, they will degrade into parts small enough to be consumed by microorganisms, hence degrading by oxo-biodegradable additives.

What does compostable mean?

Compostable products will biodegrade within a cycle of a compost process. The key difference between biodegradable and compostable is time. Not all biodegradable products are considered compostable because they may take longer to break down. Compostable products will break down in the presence of heat, moisture and organisms to form compost.

What are PLA and CPLA?

PLA stands for Polylactic Acid. It is a biodegradable plastic derived from renewable starch resources such as corn or sugarcane. CPLA is a crystallised PLA which is stronger and withstands higher temperatures. Both PLA and CPLA are sustainably produced and 100% biodegradable and compostable. 

Are the products still environmentally friendly if they end up in landfill?

Yes, they are more sustainable throughout the production process, so the planet is already better off, once the product has been chosen over a traditional alternative.