They are made from corn starch i.e. unconsumable corn; Polyactide (PLA) derived from corn starch and other plant wastes; and Polybutylene Adipate Terephthalate (PBAT) which is the essence of its compostable feature.
Not the entire mailer bag is compostable. Please remove the adhesive white strips or any of the sticky shipping labels before putting them in your home compost bin/worm farm. If you are keen to jump onto the home compost bandwagon but not sure how to start, you can simply purchase a compost bin from your trusty local Bunnings. Their website provides ample and clear instructions to create one as well. You can find them in the links below:
Alternatively, if you do not have one, you can find your nearest local Australian companies that are actively composting through this composter directory at http://www.aora.org.au/find-a-composter ; or community farms or neighbours who are hosting their composts at The Compost Collective - http://sharewaste.org.nz (does not limit to NZ, heaps of Australian communities!).
It is best to compost our mailer bags. Please check with your local council if your organic or green bins accept compostable materials. However, if they do end up in general waste bins, optimistically, prior to being directed to landfill, they can be sorted and averted from the bin with our Seedling and Home Compostable logos at the back of our mailer bags. We are aware that, unfortunately, some of our products may be inadvertently disposed in general waste and end up in landfill. If they do, our bags will still decompose, but in a shorter timeframe (possibly 2-3 years), as opposed to your regular plastic, which takes 200x longer.
A disclaimer that Ecotasticpack mailer bags are akin to organic / food wastes, in which if buried in landfill, undergoes anaerobic decomposition (due to oxygen deprivation) and produces methane. Hence, our bags should rightfully be composted at home or industrially to unleash its sustainable impact.
So, if you’ve received a package packed in an Ecotasticpack mailer bag, and have been directed to this webpage, come jump aboard with us onto the composting bandwagon!
We did a test on our bags and they are as durable as your normal Auspost bags. They are stretchy to resist tears, waterproof and extremely opaque with a matte finish so as to retain package privacy.
Ecotasticpack mailers should be stored in a cool, dry and no direct sunlight environment, and they should be in great condition up to 10-12 months!
They are made from water-based, solvent-free and non-toxic substances. They are eco-friendly and safe to be fed to your wriggly worms.