Why choose compostable packaging?

Posted by punarak 29/07/2016 1 Comment(s)

Why choose compostable packaging?


We live in an increasingly environmentally conscious world. Consumers want to feel like they are supporting a business which is taking steps to lower its carbon footprint.  Compostable packaging will do exactly that.


Compostable products use less energy and water and release less harmful pollution than their oil based counterparts.


Plastic packaging can take up to 1000 years to degrade naturally while compostable packaging can be turned into compost in just 12 weeks.


By switching to this environmentally friendly alternative you can help reduce the volume of litter in the world. This will improve the reputation of your business, showing your customers that you are taking genuine steps to reduce your carbon footprint.


A 2014 study by Technomic found that 63% of consumers say they are more likely to visit a foodservice operation they view as socially conscious. While their 2013 survey concluded 56% of consumers believe it is important that food service packaging is 'green.'


An independent survey, meanwhile, reported that 95% of consumers state that packaging plays an important role in the carry-out experience.


The demand for sustainable packaging solutions is constantly increasing. Switching to compostable packaging now will ensure your business can be leading the change and not following the crowd.


At GM Packaging, the BePulp compostable products we stock include containers, bowls, platters, cups and pots. They are ideal for street food traders, takeaway firms and caterers serving food-to-go. 


Made from bagasse (a sugar cane residue), the material is natural and unlike oil is both abundant and renewable.

1 Comment(s)

Robert Pocius:
07/08/2016, 03:20:53 PM, www.TekPakSolutions.com

"Compostable" has been applied to many products that are only "theoretically" compostable. In North America, the majority of municipal waste facilities have a maximum of 8 weeks for products to decompose completely. Thinner gauges of Bagasse and other compressed plant materials will most likely comply, however, PLA, wood, and most other plastic packaging do not meet that time-frame. Yet many products falsely proclaim they are compostable. While they may meet certain published international standards, those standards may have been developed long ago and are usually not in tune with each country's present-day municipal composter's conditions. The result, we experience here, is a heavy burden of time and money expended by municipal composters (taxpayers) to remove and transport all the un-composted materials to a landfill. Efforts are being made here to correct this disconnect and consult with municipal composters prior to claiming compostability. I trust in the U.K., this has already taken place.

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