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Firstly, they are made from vastly different materials. Recyclable soft plastics (plastics that can be easily scrunched in your hand like plastic bags and wrappers) are made from plastic, whereas compostable products are made from various plant-based materials. The way they’re made and what they’re made of means their end of life looks different. Recyclable soft plastics must be recycled through conditional recycling streams (they can’t go in kerbside waste). From there, they are then recycled into a range of different products, depending on the program. Whereas compostable products, when disposed of properly through household compost or commercial compost, are decomposed to organic nutrient matter which can then be returned to the earth.

Currently, soft plastics can’t be recycled easily in Australia, following the conclusion of the REDcycle program. While there are plans for a new program to replace REDcycle in the near future, organisations like TerraCycle and Reground are offering alternative conditional recycling programs.

When it comes to our compostable coffee bags, we offer two options.

Compostable Low Barrier:
Our new rapidly-renewable low barrier home compostable coffee bag is derived from natural resources. Built using sugarcane, cassava and corn and designed to be compostable at openair landfill sites in ambient condition (30°c), without requiring a specialised composting or recycling facility. Ideal for a shorter shelf life where minimal storage and shipping is needed.

Compostable High Barrier:
A rapidly-renewable high barrier home compostable coffee bag that’s derived from the same natural resources as our compostable bag however we’ve added a plant-based lining to create an increased oxygen barrier. Designed with a removable valve our Compostable Plus is ideal for sustainably minded roasters needing more protection for longer storage and shipping.

Home compostable products take around three months to decompose, if certified. This does depend on the temperature of your compost at home. For commercially compostable products that must be disposed of via commercial compost, this process takes around eight weeks, give or take.

To guarantee the freshness of your coffee for an extended period of time, we recommend our Compostable High Barrier and soft plastic bag options. If you order our Compostable Low Barrier bags or our Kerbside Recyclable Heavy Duty Paper Bags, we recommend transferring the beans to an airtight canister to maintain optimum freshness.

There’s a lot of talk out there. Certification helps you to discern talk from real action when it comes to this sustainability space. The ABA Australian standards compostable certification determines the compostability of a product and the effect it has on the quality of the compost it generates. Every product, even if made of the same materials, has quite different chemical, physical and biological properties that perform differently in soil. The ABA offers certification for both commercially compostable and home compostable materials, to clearly identify and differentiate packaging materials as biodegradable and compostable. To be certified compostable and carry the ABA certification logos, suitable biopolymer materials must undergo a stringent test regime outlined by the ABA standard. We’re happy to say that EcoBarista’s commercial and home compostable materials have been tested and certified under this accreditation. This certification means you can have confidence that you’re buying a product that’s truly compostable and kind to the environment, tested and proven.

Once disposed of correctly, we’re happy to say that your EcoBarista compostable bag will decompose to organic nutrient matter which can then be returned to the earth’s ground. Doesn’t get more circular than that.

Compostable materials are designed to be composted and that means that unfortunately they can’t be recycled. If you can’t compost it, we recommend you place it in your general bin instead of your recycle bin. Which leads into the next question…

Compostable materials are designed to be composted, which occurs in controlled environments with higher temperatures. If your compostable bag ended up in landfill, depending on the climate and position of the landfill, there’s a chance it could break down although we can’t guarantee it.

Both create a nutrient-rich compost as a result of their processes. Commercial composting is able to sustain the temperature and stability of the compost more rigorously, and can break down PLA bioplastic products within a shorter time frame.
Home composting breaks down organic waste like food scraps and green waste in a backyard compost barrel or container. However PLA bioplastic products can’t be home composted properly because of the lower heat temperatures that home composting generates. This is why our compostable cups, which are lined with PLA to stop them from collapsing when filled, need to be commercially composted.

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