Individuals and organisations alike have begun answering the call for sustainable packaging. The hope is that opting for this type of packaging will lead to carbon neutrality in a few decades. More and more businesses are opting for eco-friendly options such as recyclable, recycled, and commercially compostable packaging products.
Compostable Packaging Australia
There is an organisation called the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation. APCO collaborates with the state and businesses across the country.
APCO has over 1500 Australian company members from huge global organizations to tiny local firms. The common goal is to reduce the environmental impact of packaging in Australia.
APCO wants to achieve the following targets to pave the way for sustainability:
- 100% of packaging is reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025
- 70% of plastic packaging is recycled or composted by 2025
- By 2025, packaging will contain 50% of its average recycled content.
- Phase out problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic packaging by 2025
The following are the requirements for materials set by the Australian Standard 4736-2006 to be considered compostable:
- Minimum of 90% biodegradation of plastic materials within 180 days in compost
- A minimum of 90% of plastic materials should disintegrate into less than 2mm pieces in compost within 12 weeks
- No toxic effect of the resulting compost on plants and earthworms
- Hazardous substances such as heavy metals should not be present above the maximum allowed levels
- Plastic materials should contain more than 50% organic materials
Compostable Packaging with The Pouch Shop
The Pouch Shop is here to support you in your journey to becoming an environmentally responsible business. We offer sustainable packaging solutions that are up to Australian standards.
Compostable Packaging Features
- Amongst our existing packaging solutions, this one has the most environmentally friendly look and feel.
- This eco-friendly packaging is made from a paper-based home compostable film that has been certified by Vincotte.
- Depending on the needs of your products, the pouches and bags can have medium to high barriers.
These containers are ideal for some confectionery, baking ingredients, dried goods and some pet treats. Please contact us if you have any questions concerning our bags or pouches.
Compostable Packaging Designs
The Pouch Shop has compostable options now available through our custom print packaging service. Listed below are the packaging formats that we offer which can be made with compostable packaging materials:
The high barrier materials used in our stand-up pouches extend the shelf life of your items as much as possible for a compostable film. These resealable packets are available without a zipper yet entirely heat sealable to maintain product freshness once packed.
Our flat pouches are great for less bulky products such as sample powder products or snack goods. They can be equipped with features such as easy tear openings and full custom printing.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does 'compostable' really mean?
It is compostable if it decomposes into non-toxic natural materials at a rate comparable to that of other organic compounds. Compostable materials require microorganisms, humidity, moisture, and heat to decompose. Compostable packaging won’t necessarily break down in landfill, which is why these products should not be disposed of in these environments.
What's the difference between compostable and biodegradable packaging?
Biodegradable as a term has no set time frame for decomposing. Consumers need to be careful and ensure that packaging using this term is actually compostable, and can break down in composting conditions. The term compostable signifies a set time frame (typically weeks to a few months) that material will break down in the required conditions.
How do you dispose of compostable packaging?
Individuals must dispose of compostable materials in set composting conditions (as materials require certain levels of heat, moisture, oxygen and microorganisms to break down). They must take industrial compostable waste to a facility through accepting FOGO (Food Organic Green Organic) green bin collection programs as industrial compostable packaging will not break down correctly in home composting bins. The Pouch Shop film used for our custom compostable print packaging is home compostable.
What sustainable packaging options are available on the market now?
Understanding eco-packaging is crucial in Australia. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has strict rules about packaging. It is illegal to put labels on your product that are false or misleading to consumers.
Biodegradable is a general phrase that covers several topics. It means a material can decay without oxygen, generating CO2, water, and biomass. As a result, some biodegradable polymers cannot be recycled. There is no set time frame for biodegradable materials to decompose.
Compostable packaging can decompose or disintegrate in composting conditions and must do so in a set time frame. Compostable packaging is typically set into two categories- industrial compostable and home compostable.
Recycling may have been the first eco-friendly packaging idea. Instead of throwing away packaging, it is made to be recycled. The Pouch Shop provides recyclable pouch packaging through our custom print service, as well as some off-the-shelf options that are suitable for soft plastics collection schemes here in Australia and New Zealand.
Looking for other packaging solutions? Save yourself time and energy by choosing The Pouch Shop! We are dedicated to helping you find the perfect solution for your brand.