Polybags' range of compostable bags are derived from natural, renewable resources to reduce the impact of the packaging on the environment.
This renewable packaging is manufactured from sugar cane, potato starch and other renewable resources that can be converted into chemicals and polymers using conversion processes similar to those of traditional polythene.
Ideal for collecting food waste, this ultra-green packaging is biodegradable and compostable, meeting EU compostability standard EN13432.
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Our compostable range has a shelf life of 12 months from the date of manufacture as standard, as the compostable polymers used are designed to structurally break down and decompose after this point.
It is important to store compostable packaging in a cool, dry place, as exposure to direct heat, sunlight or moisture can reduce its shelf life.
Compostable packaging requires an active microbial environment, such as a compost heap, to fully degrade. When placed in industrial composting conditions, it will first disintegrate and then biodegrade into carbon dioxide (CO2), water and biomass, leaving no harmful residue behind.
Our compostable packaging range meets the European standard EN13432 (further details below), which guarantees that the material will disintegrate within 12 weeks and biodegrade within six months in industrial composting conditions. In practice, actual composting times for much of our compostable range are likely to be shorter than this.
The composting process will take longer in domestic composting conditions, as these do not match the high temperatures generated in a controlled industrial composting environment. Times will vary according to composting conditions (e.g. location, size, temperature, moisture, microorganisms).
Polybags' range of compostable packaging conforms to compostable standard EN13432 - a harmonised EU standard for compostable and biodegradable packaging, which has been adopted by the British Standards Institute and EU member states.
To comply with EN13432, all packaging must meet the following key criteria in industrial composting conditions:
Products certified as OK Compost are guaranteed to meet all of the requirements of the EN13432 compostable standard (listed above). These products carry the OK Compost logo for easy verification purposes and are guaranteed to biodegrade in an industrial composting plant.