What is Compostable and what does it mean to me?
organic matter that has been decomposed in a process called composting. This process recycles various organic materials – otherwise regarded as waste products – and produces a soil conditioner (the compost).
There you go. It means the product you are using can turn back into soil.
The cups we create for single use are all compostable, specifically commercially compostable. So – if you irresponsibly throw it out your car window while you are driving, the paper component will eventually completely break down, however the bioplastic lining will stay there until its processed correctly.
Be aware the lids on most cups are actually PE (recyclable plastic). There are PLA (Commerically compostable) lids as well, read the lid on your next cup, if its PLA im sure it will highlight this too you.
What process needs to occur for composting?
The cup needs to be heated for 3 days at over 50 degrees (and potentially shredded to speed up the process, but not required). Then it can be placed in your standard garden compost, such as a worm farm or barrel.
Most lids go into recycle bin (PE).
Some lids are compostable as well (PLA).
Our cups are compostable, so assuming you have a socially aware council, they will provide facilities for this waste (special bin). Biopak have pioneered this space, go here for a deeper read: https://www.biopak.com.au/green/biopak-compost-service