These buzzwords sound great…packaging that is compostable and/or biodegradable right? The problem is the science behind it hasn’t caught up with demands of the modern consumer or even retailer.
Here’s my point. There are materials that are compostable and biodegradable but they have very little barrier protection to keep the contents fresh…so if you are packaging a product that needs a shelf life beyond 2 weeks to 30 days, you may have to find something else. That something else would require another laminated layer to provide additional shelf life and by adding another layer the ability for the bag or package to compost or biodegrade is greatly diminished.
Even worse, some of the laminations or coatings on this type of material that actually helps the package to biodegrade (known as PLA) produces an out-gas when the packaging breaks down which “could” be harmful to the environment…so much so that some countries have banned PLA coated products.
See what I mean…might not be there yet for all applications.
To be clear, we are ALL for helping the environment and we are excited at the potential to lead the way. Test these options on your particular product and project to make sure they work for you.