Information about degradable packaging
The Global Bag:
Over packaging of our products and not disposing of waste
properly is a global phenomenon. Countries around
the world are addressing this in various ways. Bangladesh
has banned plastic bags and switched to jute. Ireland has introduced a plastic
France has decided that by 2010 all polythene bags
must be degradable. Here in the UK, consumers themselves are switching to more
responsible ways to
reduce, reuse and recycle. At the Biodegradable Company,
we believe that taking a small step like switching
to biodegradable packaging can have far reaching consequences.
The paper bag V polythene bag:
Contrary to what many people might think, the paper bag is actually more damaging
to our environment than the much maligned polythene bag.
The paper bag uses trees, more energy, more storage, more transport and produces
higher CO2 emissions.
The biodegradable or degradable polythene bag:
Degradable polythene is undergoing great change, constantly developing, becoming
even more sophisticated and we believe that degradable
material is the packaging of the future. There are
many types of degradable bags, different manufacturers use different
raw materials: corn starch,
wheat starch, potato starch, pea starch, polylactic
acid, polyester, bionolle, plant oils, sugars, a blend
of degradable polymers and so on. Some bags are compositible, some are
recycled, some go into landfill sites. The degradation process can
be inbuilt into the material with a
timeclock or triggered by light, heat, moisture or burial.
The Biodegradable Bag From The Biodegradable Bag Company:
Bags can be recycled or reused without degrading until
you dispose of them.
Bags can have an inbuilt time clock which accelerates the oxidisation process.
Bags are compostable and bags can go into landfill sites without harming any
Bags degrade leaving nothing but water and oxygen.