Plastic pollution is wreaking havoc on our planet, and single-use plastic bags are one of the most significant contributors, so it’s no surprise that many governments are banning them. According to the Singapore Environment Council (SEC), Singapore uses more than 3 billion plastic bags each year with the official word from the government being that they’re not in a hurry to ban plastic bags.
While we can all agree that there is a need to reduce plastic shopping bag consumption, there are some instances where lightweight single-use bags are still required for hygienic reasons. Plus, light-weight compostable, single-use bags can be useful for collecting organic waste – like home compost or food scraps – as these bags will decompose in a home composting system.
Our bioplastic bags range includes checkout bags and bin liners and provides an eco-friendly alternative to conventional plastic bags. They can easily stand in for grocery bags, garbage bags, kitchen bags, shopping bags, retail bags and any other type of plastic bag. And instead of persisting in the environment after their useful life, they can be home composted as part of the circular economy.
Our bioplastic bags are made using Ecopond, a starch-based bioplastic that is certified commercially compostable (AS4736)and home compostable (AS5810) to Australian Standards. Unlike "biodegradable plastic bags", these enviro bags are made from plants, not oil, and they do not break down into toxic residues. They are ideally suited as an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bin liners and rubbish bags, where they do not create more waste in the environment.
"Biodegradable plastic bags" are usually simply plastic bags with a chemical additive that cause it to disintegrate into tiny pieces of microplastic! The terms 'biodegradable' and 'compostable' are not equivalent or interchangeable. 'Biodegradable' simply means something will be broken down by microbes over time, which is true for most materials on the planet. In contrast, 'compostable' means something will break down in a reasonable amount of time, leave behind no toxic residue, and safely become an additive to soil.
Aside from the obvious environmental benefits, using compostable plastic bags reduces greenhouse gases, returns nutrients back to the earth and improves soil quality, and costs less than sending waste to landfill.