Sustainable Packaging is packaging that is made from reused or renewable resources. It should be produced in the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly ways currently possible, and able to be composted or recycled after use.
Compostable packaging is any packaging made entirely from plant based materials that composts into carbon, nitrogen, water and other organic material within a specific amount of time.
What’s so great about using renewable resources?
By using plants to package our products we are captilizing on nature’s natural cycle of growth and decay. Every living thing grows, dies, decays, then grows again. Furthermore plants photosynthesise as they grow. This means they take carbon out of the air (in the form of CO2) and release oxygen. The contrast to this is fossil fuel use which bring carbon from out of the ground and emit it into the atmosphere causing CO2 levels to rise.
Our coffee and drinking chocolate are packaged in Econic packaging. Econic® provides the same functionality as traditional fossil fuel-based films with the added advantage of being compostable. Econic® packaging is made from 3 compostable films that are laminated together to lock in the freshness, taste and flavour of our coffee and drinking chocolate. The films used to make Econic® are derived from sustainably–produced wood pulp and GM-free corn sources. Each film has been internationally certified to the European and American compostability standards (EN 13432 and ASTM6400). According to in–house testing by the manufacturer, Econic® has 97% compostable components, which is within the EN 13432 guidelines. At the time of testing, the non–compostable components were printing inks and adhesives. Econic® bags are compostable when disposed of in a composting environment containing heat, water, oxygen, soil and micro–organisms.
How to dispose of our packaging
We know that finding a place to commercially compost our packaging for an everyday home coffee drinker isn't easy.