What is our packaging made from?
The pouch containing the mix is made from NatureFlex by Vegware, and is certified for home and industrial compositing.
The labels are also made from 95% sugar fibre and 5% hemp and linen, and is therefore biodegradable.
The label ink and adhesive are made from biomass (non-fossil fuel), and are certified for home and industrial composting.
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.
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?
Take off the label and place the pouch in a home compost if you have one. The pouch is certified for home composting.
Contact your local authority to understand if and how they will take packaging certified under EN13432 for industrial compositing. All the packaging can be placed in this industrial compositing. (In Edinburgh the council does not currently take compostable packaging as part of the home kerbside collection.)
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.