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Composting is aerobic biodegradation where microbes like bacteria or fungi and their enzymes breakdown the chain structure of compostable polymers. The end products are water, CO2 and biomass.

One of the great benefits of using our products over conventional plastics is that compostable plastics have a lower carbon footprint as our products are made out of mostly renewable resources instead of fossil-based resources.

Using our products also encourages composting, which leads to reduced waste generation as 50% of household foods are generally sent to waste which increase greenhouse gas emissions as they release methane in landfills.

Our compostable bags are certified home compostable (AS5810) and can be composted at home. Our bags are also certified compostable (AS4736) in an industrial composting facility which means you can place it in your local council's organics bin for collection. However, please check with your local council as to whether they are accepted or not.

The time it takes is dependent on the environment it is composted in. Our certifications has our cling wrap and dog poop bags tested to breakdown within 180 days. This is a great improvement from the usual time of around 100 years for a normal plastic bag to break down in a landfill.

PLA is potentially recyclable but as of now, no separate recycling stream exists. In the future, it may be feasible once commercial volumes and sales increase to an amount that would cover the investments needed for facilities to recycle them.

Everyday consumers may confuse and mix up the terms 'compostable' and 'biodegradable'. Biodegradable plastics may contain additives that break the product down into microplastics, which are a serious environmental issue. On the other hand, compostable plastics don’t leave behind any toxic residue. Deeming a product biodegradable does not necessarily mean it is compostable. Whereas all compostable products are biodegradable.

PLA, aka polylactic acid, is s a polymer derived from renewable resources such as sugarcane and cornstarch. PLA is compostable and is an environmentally better alternative than conventional petroleum-based plastics.

PBAT, aka polybutylene adipate terephthalate, is an oil based compostable polymer that is added to make the product biodegrade quickly.

The land used to grow renewable feedstock for the production of bioplastics amounted to approximately 0.79 million hectares in 2019, which accounted for less than 0.02 percent of the global agricultural area of 4.8 billion hectares, 94 percent of which was used for pasture, feed and food. It will remain at 0.02 percent for the next five years, taking into consideration market growth.

Studies have shown that the biodegradation of such plastics pose little risk in landfills and that most remain inert.