Baby Gift Works is currently using home compostable shipping satchels from The Better Packaging Co.
These satchels are made from corn with a man-made binding agent added for flexibility.
The larger sizes feature a double seal (and clear opening instructions) which make them fully reusable before you compost them.
When you have finished using your satchel, just put it in with your food scraps and garden waste, and before you know it, worms will be eating it for breakfast. Better for the environment, better for our oceans, a better tomorrow.
The Better Packaging Co. believe that as a society we have to make a fundamental shift in the way we value resources and move from a ‘linear economy’ (make, use, dispose) to a ‘circular’ one. In a Circular Economy, resources are kept in use for as long as possible, the maximum value is extracted from them whilst in use, and at the end of the product’s service life, materials are recovered and regenerated from it.
They design products that come as close to this ideal as possible – waste products are used as their raw materials, minimal waste (and pollution) is generated in their production and at the end of their useful life they can be recycled or regenerated.
The satchels are made of corn starch (from corn not fit for consumption) PLA (Polylactide, which is made from waste corn too and other plants) and PBAT (Polybutyrate Adipate Terephthalate).
How long will they take to biodegrade? Well, that will depend on the conditions they’re in. In a ‘standard’ home compost, the compostable courier satchels have been certified (AS5810 -2010) to biodegrade within 180 days, i.e.. approx 6 months. Under commercial composting conditions, it would happen much faster, and as litter (e.g. under a tree) it would happen slower, but it will happen. The Australian Standard is one of the most rigorous in the world and includes a worm toxicity test which means that our comPOST Packs are safe to be eaten by the little, pink wriggly guys.