Conventionally, it is taken for granted that plastics are made of fossil fuel. These conventional types of plastics are widely used everywhere in the world - mainly in packaging and household applications. Whilst the benefits of economic production costs, light weight, strength, relative imperviousness to gas and water, clarity, and print-ability are highly regarded, it is the final disposal of used flexible plastics that causes problems. Ever increasing use of plastics particularly in packaging has become a significant source of environmental pollution (litter) and created problems in waste management. If disposed of by landfill, the plastics worsen the shortage of landfill sites. If the plastics are incinerated, they can emit poisonous gases such as dioxins. Thus, it is the latest and loudest signal of a new mood among the general public to take more care of the environment. Compobag makes your daily task of waste reduction easier, safer and better for the environment.
Common problems with ordinary plastic bags
- Normally plastic bags takes up to 400 years to break down in a landfill
- 17.5 billion plastic bags are distributed to UK each year = 290 bags/person
- In UK only 1 in 200 bags are recycled
- 80% plastic bags goes to landfill in UK
For more information on compostable bags, degradable bags and biodegradable bags please see our biodegradable bags article or see our Packaging News section for the latest in the debate on the environmental impact of plastic bags and proposed greener policies.
What is COMPOBAG?
Compobag is a biodegradable polythene bag which is made out using an Oxodegradable additive. Compobag will typically degrade between 9 months - 2 years in a standard composting/and or landfill site. However, the speed of degradation is always depends on actual location and condition of the place.
How degradation/biodegradation occurs?
In this, biodegradation is a two stage process in which, first the plastic is converted by reaction with oxygen (light, heat and/or stress) to molecular fragments that are water wettable and second, these smaller oxidized molecules are biodegraded. (converted into carbon dioxide, water and biomass by microorganisms)
- Sizes in inches - 9 x 13"
- Gauge - 150 (37.5 microns)
- Colour - Green Tint
- Pack Quantity - 250 Nos/box
Kitchen bag - for collection household kitchen bio-waste
Key advantages of Compobag to other starch based bags:
- Cheap and Proven
- Controlled degradation
- Film made out using this look, act and perform just like their non-degradable counterparts, except they break down after being discarded