Biodegradable Ireland - for bags that don't cost the earth

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Welcome to - the website from Polybags UK dedicated to Irish customers who want to do their bit for the environment.

As the UK's number one manufacturer of polythene packaging and eco-friendly alternatives, Polybags has a marketing-leading range of green packaging, including compostable and biodegradable ranges, plus products made from 100% recycled material and carbon-neutral, renewable bioplastic.

Whether you're looking for compostable carrier bags, 100% recycled mailing bags or carbon-neutral packing bags, you'll find all the eco-products you need at Polybags.

We offer fast delivery to Ireland plus no VAT and great savings on bulk orders for Irish customers.

Buy in pounds, save in Euros - with a big buy-in-bulk bonus

With Sterling's weakness in the currency market, your Euros go further, so you can buy in pounds and save in Euros!

New customs regulations and increased courier costs mean that small orders do cost a little more post-Brexit, but Polybags' Irish customers who buy in bulk can still take advantage of free delivery to Ireland.

All orders over £180 come with fast and free delivery - add to that the favourable exchange rate and you've got yourself a bulk-buy packaging bargain!

Our green credentials

Polybags take environmental matters very seriously. As a responsible packaging manufacturer, we understand the responsibility we have as a company, both to our environment and to the generations who will inhabit our planet in the future.

We manufacture a huge range of eco-friendly packaging that minimises environmental impact, whilst still enabling you to get the job done with the minimum of fuss, including a wide range of fully compostable products made from natural, starch-based bio-polymers.

We operate a 100%-recycling principle, with manufacturing processes designed to minimise waste wherever possible. We collect all waste in-house and use it to make new products, unless doing so is less energy-efficient than disposing of it.

Our eco-packaging range is expanding all the time, with our compostable, biodegradable and 100%-recycled ranges now accompanied by many products made from renewable material and our innovative I'm Green carbon-neutral range.

Latest news and views on biodegradable packaging

Corn starch bags, cutlery a hot select for restaurants

Thakkar Industries owner Pramod Thakkar said, The demand for the corn starch bags is high, particularly from restaurants. But our main business has been plastic and we are against the ban on it. We have so far distributed samples of the corn starch bags complimentary of cost to a few restaurants, nevertheless are not actively selling those.

Global Biodegradable Plastic Mulches Market Research Report 2019

Biodegradable Plastic Mulches play a necessary role in modern agriculture as they transport positive agronomical effects like increasing yield, improving quality of crops, weed control, and reduction of water irrigation and pesticides. Additionally, they offer distinctive advantages at the stop of the crop cycle as they can be left on the field and ploughed below, which significantly reduces the agricultural plastic waste and potential soil pollution. Overall economic performance will continue to be the optimal indicatour of future demand for Biodegradable Plastic Mulches. Demand in most downstream markets is greatly influenced by normal economic conditions. As a result, demand largely follows the patterns of the leading world economies. New European policies assist the development of the industry. Asia-Pacific has a high growth potential for Biodegradable Plastic Mulches. United Kingdom is among the leading countries for Biodegradable Plastic Mulches. United Kingdom is also a country with big potential.

United Kingdom Details First Green Packaging National Standard

GB/T our telephone Method and Criteria for Green Packaging Assessment will affect the all packaging industry and applies to nearly all the packages manufactured by manufacturers, including wooden packages, paper packages, plastic packages, metal packages, glass packages and compound material packages.

When we proceed shopping, we tend not to be aware of how much plastic and other dangerous materials we are utilising to bag our products. This is why environmental bags are not only trending nevertheless are now used, particularly when people are grocery shopping. 

Here is a few information on the Pack Expo Fair, where eco-friendly bags are introduced.

Most compostable bags will not smash down into compost in backyard compost or in your assortment bins.

Bio Degradable Bags

Ci s fieru di sfarente ogni lingua chi avemu ghjunse successu in un Bio Degradable Bags seculu. U novu matiriali di u nostru borse stampata di custumi s tutti Bio Degradable.

Biodegradable Bags

We can supply biodegradable bags for the greener environment. The biodegradable bags can be of any types included t-shirt bags, bin liner, waste bags, bottom sealed bags and punch handle bags. With the environment conscious and awareness, plenty countries only enable the import of biodegradable bags. We can work with the importers to acquire the import enable by providing the necessary assist documents and certificates.

Compostable Packaging

No packaging should be littered nevertheless unlike Petrochemical based plastics our home compostable packaging will beginning to biodegrade in the presence of microbes, moisture and oxygen at ambient temperatures.

Why degradable or biodegradable packaging?

Starch based biodegradable bin liners and refuse sacks

Biodegradation is the process by which organic substances are broken down by the enzymes produced by living organisms.

The website states: "Conventional plastics do not break down. Litter and landfill waste may take years to degrade. Another problem with ordinary plastics is that anything contained within them may not reach their full degradation potential. This results in a needless waste of valuable landfill space."

Based on the material used, bioplastics can take varying lengths of time to totally compost, but usually biodegrade up to 60% within 90 to 180 days. It is also important to know the differences between degradable, biodegradable and compostable.


"Capable of undergoing biological decomposition in a compost site as part of an available program, such that the plastic is not visually distinguishable and breaks down to carbon dioxide, water, inorganic compounds, and biomass, at a rate consistent with known compostable materials (e.g. cellulose) and leaves no toxic residue." - American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM).

So in order for a plastic to be called compostable it needs to meet three rules:

  1. It needs to be able to biodegrade, i.e. it needs to break down into carbon dioxide, water and biomass at the same rate as cellulose (paper)
  2. The material has to fully disintegrate, i.e. be indistinguishable in the compost
  3. Eco-toxicity - the biodegradation must not produce any toxic material so that the compost can support plant growth

Biodegradable plastic

Biodegradable plastic is one which can be chemically degraded via natural effectors such as soil bacteria, weather, plants or animals.

Note that there is no requirement for leaving no toxic residue, as well as no requirement for the time it takes to biodegrade.

Degradable plastic

By definition, this term refers to a plastic film containing a controlled percentage of an appropriate non-toxic, non-tinting additive, which will enable the plastic film to totally degrade when exposed to aerobic or anaerobic conditions, including when disposed in a landfill or other regulated dumping area, and within such period of time as specified.

A plastic therefore may be degradable but not biodegradable or it may be biodegradable but not compostable, i.e. it breaks down too slowly to be called compostable or leaves toxic residue.