Made with organic materials, ECP Compostables range of products are designed to mirror the durability and practicality of their traditional plastic counterparts. However, unlike plastic, our finished products will break down in a composting environment without harming the earth.
Our products are made from a combination of cornstarch, biodegradable ingredients and some proprietary elements, which result in the creation of our BF Series Resin.
Our corn is sourced from the Northern regions of China where there is an abundance of corn – it is estimated that Northern China produces over 800,000 hectares of corn per annum. Our production team takes only the spoilt corn which is unfit for human or animal consumption. This is approximately 5% of the corn grown, and from this 5%, we extract and convert the cornstarch for use in our resin.
We take pride in knowing that all our processes and actions affect the environment in a positive manner. Hence the non-food grade corn is grown using natural rainfall rather than irrigation so as to minimise the impacts our precious water resources.
With a variety of green and environmental products in the market, it is easy to find yourself confused or misled by various terminologies including the definition of biodegradable, compostable and degradable.
Biodegradable indicates the process of biological breakdown by microorganisms including, bacteria, fungi and enzymes. These microorganisms eat away at the biodegradable material leaving behind only natural constituents of biomass, carbon dioxide and water. Subsequently these natural materials can be safely re-absorbed back into the earth.
Compostable refers to the biological breakdown and recycling of ‘Organic’ or ‘Biodegradable’ materials within a composting environment. An ideal composting environment is subject to certain heat or moisture conditions. Decomposition of such materials results in the addition of rich nutrients to the soil and can be an effective form of fertiliser for home gardeners and farmers.
Degradable products are oil-based with an additive included to trigger the process of degradation – They are not biodegradable or compostable. Degradable materials break down via a chemical reaction and the end results of degradation do nothing more than break down the oil components into smaller fragments leaving behind the same amount of plastic dust. Degradable bags require specific UV conditions in order to break down and will remain intact when composted or buried in landfill.