What are “Compostables”?
With our range of BIO products you can rest assured that you and your brand is contributing to keeping our planet a cleaner place! Made from 100% cornstarch they are the most environmentally friendly choice on the market!
Our BIO products are a environmentally friendly, resource efficient and sustainable alternative to conventional plastics. Unlike conventional plastics which are derived from petrochemicals, our BIO products are made from 100% cornstarch. They are reusable, water resistant, breathable, food safe and will decompose CO2 neutrally.
Our BIO range of products is certified in accordance to the European Standard EN 13432 and bare the “OK Compost” quality seal. Thus they are 100% biodegradable & compostable.
All our BIO products are made from cornstarch and not mixed with other materials. The cornstarch is obtained from renewable and GMO-free grown corn in Europe, this in turn is processed into resins.
The resins we used are sourced from Italian company who’s a pioneer in the field of bio-plastics with over 800 patents accredited to them.
We offer an overall Eco-friendly package for you and your business. From the raw materials to the ink, master batch ink for dying the material, cords and snap buttons, all are “OK Compost” certified and are 100% biodegradable & compostable.
The “OK Compost” quality seal was issued to us by the globally recognized AIB Vinçotte institute of Belgium (TÜV AUSTRIA Group as of 1st January 2018).
The testing procedure and requirements for obtaining the ‘OK Compost” quality seal is based on the internationally recognized European Standard EN 13432.
All printing on our BIO products uses water based inks instead of solvent based inks. Cords and drawstrings are cotton and snap buttons are made from BIO resins just like the rest of our BIO line of products.
Thus not only are the materials in compliance with EN 13432 standards, but every aspect of the whole product is biodegradable and compostable.
What does 100% biodegradable and compostable mean?
A material that is 100% biodegradable and compostable essentially means that the material will decompose CO2 neutrally into its naturally occurring, renewable and non-toxic substances of H2O & CO2.
The degradation process can either take place in an industrial composting facility for a faster process of 8 to 12 weeks, or in a home compost, with the help of microorganisms, enzymes and heat.
Regardless of which compost method is chosen, the fundamental requirement of certification for both “OK Compost HOME” and “OK Compost INDUSTRIAL” is that 90% of the item must be broken down in 180 days of being introduced to a compost environment.
Furthermore the degradation of the BIO resins in the ocean has been tested and confirmed in accordance to the European Commission initiated “Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) pilot program. The time needed to break down in the ocean is between 35 to 39 weeks.
Compostable products can be stored up to 18 months in a dry environment, protected from direct sunlight and at appropriate storage temperatures. After this time a natural passive and gradual decomposition process begins.