Our Truly Eco Friendly Courier Bags
It is important to us to make sure our business footprint is as light as possible.
We send off our website orders using recycled paper packing and bubble wrap where possible. And we use recycled cardboard boxes or an eco friendly courier bags.
The bags are made from biopolymers and co-polymer; PBAT (polybutylene adipate terephthalate), Corn-starch and PLA (polylactic acid). They do not contain any conventional plastic whatsoever.
And they are truly compostable, meaning they will break down in either home or commercial composting facilities. They are not just degradable. Everything is degradable in time. Oxo degradable and Biodegradable products will still contain plastic. In fact, they are usually made of 70-99% plastic with only 1-30% biodegradable polymers. As you can imagine this is extremely harmful to the environment.
The courier bags we use bare certified by all three industry certifiers; Vincotte, BPI and Dincerto, meeting American, European, International and Australian standards – including certifications for your domestic home compost. To gain these certifications, the product must break down within 90 days in commercial compost and 180 days in domestic compost conditions, including worm farm compost. After degradation, they must leave no harmful residues behind. In fact, the only residue left behind is a soil enhancer which is returned to the earth as plant food.
How to compost them
If you have no further use for the bag, remove or cut off any labels/stickers still attached and place the bag itself into your compost bin. If you do not have a home compost, you will be able to send them to your nearest commercial composting facility. There are ~100 in NZ currently. There are also helpful apps you can use to share another person’s compost, such as Sharewaste.
Or you can bring them back to us at the Garden Party, 130 Ponsonby Road. We have compost bins and can compost them for you.