Compostable and biodegradable packaging FAQs | Cafebrands

Continuing in line with what we have been talking about in our previous blog posts and to finish this topic, we will answer some questions that people generally have about compostable and biodegradable materials and packaging.

So, what really is compostable packaging?

Compostable packaging is packaging made from renewable resources such as starch (from corn or potatoes), cellulose, sugar cane, bamboo or palm fibres that can be broken down by microorganisms, in a relatively short period of time into CO2 + H2O + Biomass.

Why is compostable packaging a better alternative to traditional plastic packaging?

Plastic packaging is harmful to the environment, take ages if not forever to break down and decompose and even ‘environmentally friendly’ PE takes 50 years to fully disintegrate.

Compostable packaging breaks down into rich soil nutrients in a certain amount of time and the materials they are made are from renewable resources mainly obtained from agricultural production.

What´s the difference between biodegradable and compostable?

Biodegradation is a process in which organic substances are broken down by the enzymes produced by living organisms, break down, safely and relatively quickly and disappear harmlessly into the environment.

Compostable materials are a more specific form of “biodegradable” material.

Compostable materials, under intensified conditions promoted by the composting process (i.e., increased heat), must break down within a certain period of time (usually within three months).

So to a biodegradable product be considered compostable it has to break down within three months in a composting plant under certain specific conditions.

How long does compostable packaging take to fully disintegrate?

Certified compostable packaging totally vanishes within 6 to 10 weeks in a standard composting plant.

How can I tell the difference between standard packaging and compostable packaging?

Compostable and biodegradable packaging usually carries a specific label identifying it as such and telling you how to dispose of it after use.

All of our compostable packaging is 100% natural and 100% compostable, being fully certified to European Composting Standard EN13432 for compostable materials.

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