Composting

Composting

What is Compostable Packaging?

Compostable packaging is made from biodegradable, plant based materials and is capable of disintegrating into carbon dioxide, water and biomass under the right conditions. This would mean being exposed to microorganisms, humidity and high temperatures in a controlled environment. It has no negative impact on the toxicity of the soil.

Composting PLA

Our clear cups, containers and lids made from PLA should be disposed of in an industrial composting facility. The microorganisms combined with a temperature of 60 degrees Celsius and humidity above 80% will ensure that the PLA completely biodegrades. When sufficient quantities of PLA waste become available, it is viable to convert the material back into its base component of lactic acid.

PLA can be recycled in some parts of the world, but South Africa currently has no dedicated recycling plants specifically for PLA.  Composting remains the best end-of life option for PLA, although even when sent to landfill PLA offers significant benefits when compared to oil based plastic.

Composting Bagasse

Our bagasse takeaway containers, plates and bowls will break down in a commercial composting facility in as little as 45 – 60 days. However, they will break down in a home compost bin or heap, but could take longer depending on the composting conditions.