Made with organic materials, ECP Compostables and Love Our Land 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 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.
There are pro's and con's to every decision we make when selecting plastic bag alternatives. That is why we believe the best way we can help our environment is to minimise the use of any type of bag/plastic and what goes to landfill, use composing facilities or home composting to reduce your household waste, recycle materials where you can and use re-usable bags. And, if you are using re-usable bags why not make them biodegradable and compostable like our Botanic bag?!
Claims of biodegradability or compostability should be externally tested and validated by certified professional bodies. The C200 materials (used in our products) have been extensively tested by:
Organic Waste Systems (OWS), the leading authority for testing of Biodegradable and Compostable products in the world, and have meet the following standards:
- The Australian Standard (AS4736-2006)
- The European Standard (EN13432-2000)
- The American Standard (ASTM D6400)
From these standards it can be seen that biodegradable and compostable products are required to breakdown at a 90% level within six months in a range of settings that simulate litter and aerobic composting environments. Degradation and decomposition must be by genuine microbial action resulting in organic components, rather than mere structural decomposition into smaller pieces as with ‘degradable’ plastics. The C200 biodegradable and compostable material will decompose via microbial action in 45 days. Additional requirements of the various standards include a mandatory requirement for a volatile solid product composition of greater than a 50% level – a requirement at which our materials exceed, at 99% volatile solid level. They get the big tick of approval from us!