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What is the packaging made from and how do I dispose of it?

What is our packaging made from?

  • The pouch containing the mix is made from NatureFlex by Vegware. 

  • The labels, excluding the ink and the adhesive, are also made from NatureFlex.   

Our mixes ship in cardboard boxes sealed with paper tape, both of which are recyclable. Tissue paper used as a filler in the boxes is made from recycled fibres and is recyclable. 

    What is NatureFlex?

    • NaureFlex is a clear film made from wood pulp. The wood is sourced from FSC managed forests.

    • NatureFlex meets the EN13432 standard for industrial composting. 

    • NatureFlex have also received certification from TUV Austria for home composting.    

     

    Can the label adhesive and inks be composted? 

    • The label adhesive and inks are made from biomass (non-fossil fuel). 

    • Both the inks and the adhesive have been certified under EN13432 for industrial compositing.  

    • The ink has also received TUV Austria certification for home compositing.

     

    Why is Stewpendous using packaging made from plants?

    As fossil fuels are finite and plastic made from fossil fuels can only be recycled a number of times, the world needs to move towards a circular economy with a different resource.  

    Further, fossil-fuel made plastic that is contaminated with food will not be recycled.

    Plant based packaging along with food contamination can be broken down through composting which is then used to support the environment.   

     

    How do I dispose of the packaging including labels?

    1. Place in a home compost. This will leave the adhesive not biodegraded as it requires industrial composting. 

    2. Contact your local authority to understand if and how they will take packaging certified under EN13432 for industrial compositing.   In Edinburgh the council does not currently take compostable packaging as part of the home kerbside collection. 

    3. Place in general waste, and not in the plastic recycling bin.  

    The facilities for industrial composting exist in the UK to create the circular economy for plant-based packaging.  However, the infrastructure  to supply these facilities directly from the individual consumer's home across the UK is not yet in place. 

    Even though plant packaging may currently enter landfill,  I believe the move away from using a finite resource (fossil-fuel) for packaging is a step in the right direction.  

     

      

     

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