Bags that don't cost the Earth

We have always offered great savings, delivery and service to our treasured Irish customers but if your company is VAT/CBL registered in Ireland then we can save you a further 21%! Simply call us or contact us now, or place your order and tell us your VAT number and we will refund the VAT (this must start IE).

Our Green Credentials

We have been working with London's metropolitan university for many years to produce totally new and revolutionary packing solutions that are designed to reduce plastic bag wastage with some ingenious results. For instance products in our Compobag range are created from potato starch! We also collect and recycle bags returning them to polymer which is reused in the production of more standard packaging.

Why Degradable or Biodegradable packaging?

Biodegradation is the process by which organic substances are broken down by the enzymes produced by living organisms. "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." - Source biodegradable bags at Packagingknowledge.com

Based on the material bioplastics can take different length of times to totally compost but usually 60% biodegradate within 90 to 180 days. It is also important to know the differences between degradable, biodegradable and compostable.

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 albe to biodegrade therefore it needs break down into carbon dioxide, water, biomass at the same rate as cellulose (paper).
  2. The material has to disintegrate - be indistinguishable in the compost.
  3. Eco-toxicity - the biodegradation does not produce any toxic material and the compost can support plant growth.

Biodegradable Plastic

Biodegradable Plastic is plastic 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", and as well as no requirement for the time it needs to take to biodegrade.

Degradable Plastic

By definition 'Degradable Plastic' means 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 (that is, it breaks down too slowly to be called compostable or leaves toxic residue).