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Breaking Down the Benefits: Why Compostable Packaging is the Future

Breaking Down the Benefits: Why Compostable Packaging is the Future

Choosing the right environmentally friendly packaging is a crucial part of a business's sustainability strategy. Businesses, both big and small, are prioritising the reduction of environmental impact by switching to sustainable packaging. But how do you identify which alternate packaging is best for your business?

While recycling is a step in the right direction, we need more solutions.  That’s where compostable packaging comes in.

How it works?

When placed in a compost environment with the right combination of moisture, oxygen, and heat, the microorganisms present get to work. They break down the biodegradable materials in the packaging, transforming them into humus, a rich organic matter that nourishes the soil. This humus improves soil fertility, aeration, and water retention, creating a healthier ecosystem for plants to thrive.

What's in Compostable Packaging?

The key to compostable packaging lies in the materials used. Unlike traditional options that rely on petroleum-based plastics, compostable packaging leverages biodegradable materials derived from renewable sources. These materials can include:

  • Agro-waste materials: Wheat Straw, leftover from wheat harvest is an excellent example, offering a sturdy and sustainable alternative.
  • Cellulose Fibers: Derived from wood pulp or recycled paper, these fibers provide natural biodegradability.
  • Biopolymers: such as PLA (polylactic acid) created from organic materials like corn or soybeans, these innovative polymers break down readily in a compost environment.

Compostable packaging offers a wide range of advantages:

  • Soil Health: As it breaks down, compostable packaging contributes to soil health, improving structure, aeration, and nutrient content.
  • Waste Reduction: It provides an effective solution to the issue of landfill waste and food waste in landfills.
  • Reduction in Resource Use: By relying on organic materials, compostable packaging reduces our dependence on fossil fuels and other non-renewable resources needed to produce traditional packaging.

Why choose Compostable Packaging?

Choosing compostable materials plays a crucial role in environmental protection by actively combating pollution. Here’s how:

  • Reduction in Plastic Pollution: By replacing conventional plastics with compostable alternatives, the amount of plastic waste piling up in landfills and oceans can be drastically reduced. This shift helps protect marine life and reduces the overall environmental impact of our packaging choices.
  • Support for Biodiversity: Compostable packaging contributes to healthier soil by breaking down into nutrient-rich compost that supports plant life and fosters biodiversity.
  • Encourages Sustainable Practices: The adoption of compostable packaging sends a strong message about the importance of sustainability in business practices, encouraging other companies and consumers to make more environmentally friendly choices.

At COPAR, we are at the forefront of this movement, offering #Australianmade #noPFASadded compostable #wheatstrawpackaging solutions. By opting for compostable packaging, businesses can take a significant step towards a more sustainable future.

Looking to explore compostable packaging options? Reach out to us at sales@copar.eco

Let's work together to create a world where packaging never becomes waste or pollution.

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