In September 2016 we partnered with TIPA, a developer of sustainable packaging, to make sure our packaging matched our ethos: promoting sustainability and tackling the causes of waste - food waste as well as packaging waste.
We are proud to say that our snacks are now packaged using TIPA’s fully home compostable packaging - the first of its kind in the UK. TIPA’s innovative packaging is just as durable and impermeable as ordinary plastic packaging, but unlike other commonly used materials on the market, it biologically decomposes in a home composter (an ordinary compost heap or your local council's food waste collection) within just 180 days and becomes a fertiliser for soil, behaving similarly to an orange peel.
Speaking about the Snact partnership, Daphna Nissenbaum, CEO & Co-Founder of TIPA, said: “Working with such an eco-conscious brand like Snact was a natural fit for us and we’re excited to see the roll out of our fully compostable, flexible packaging in support of such a worthy brand in the fight against food waste."
Below are answers to some of the most popular questions about TIPA's innovative packaging, but if yours isn't answered, or you'd like to know more about how to get your brand to switch to compostable packaging, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens to conventional flexible plastic packaging after it's used?
The majority of flexible plastics are made up of different material layers that are attached together and therefore cannot be recycled; instead, they end up in incineration centers or remaining in landfills for hundreds of years.
What's the difference between biodegradable and compostable?
A material that is biodegradable will be broken down by biological processes. For a material to be certified as compostable, it must go a step further: a compostable material must break down, under the proper composting conditions, within 180 days, and the resulting elements will have value as a fertilizer. Only materials that are compostable are able to safely enter composting facilities. All of TIPA’s materials are certified 100% compostable.
What is TIPA's compostable packaging made of?
The packaging is made of a blend of different compostable polymers. The plant based source of some of these polymers is wood pulp and corn.
What does TIPA's packaging break down into?
TIPA’s packaging breaks down into compost, which can be used as a fertilizer. It means that eventually it is something bacteria can eat.
What are the benefits of flexible packaging being compostable?
As opposed to conventional plastic, compostable packaging can be organically recycled, while also producing valuable fertilizer. When compostable packaging is organically recycled, materials have been saved from ending up in a landfill, and a closed loop has been created that turns waste into a valuable resource that can benefit the soil.
How long does it take for TIPA's products to break down?
All of TIPA's packaging materials will naturally break down within 180 days in home composting conditions.
What exactly are "home composting conditions"?
Unlike industrial composting facilities (temp 55 to 60°C, EN13432), home composting conditions refer to conditions where products compost at lower temperatures, so they can go into any ordinary compost heap at home. The temperature in a garden compost heap is clearly lower and less constant than in an industrial composting environment. This is why composting in the garden is usually a more difficult, slower-paced process.
What happens if the packaging is thrown in a regular bin?
If TIPA's packaging is thrown into a regular waste bin, it will go through the local waste stream where it's likely to enter a landfill or an anaerobic digester. If landfilled, TIPA's packaging will break down, though it will take longer than 180 days. In places with proper waste sorting, the packages could end up in an industrial composter, where it will break down along with the other organic waste.
What happens if the packaging ends up on the ground or in the street?
Packaging should not become litter in any case. TIPA's packages are only designed to break down in composting conditions. If TIPA packaging ends up on the ground or in the street in an urban environment, it will likely get picked up by waste collection and end up going through the same process as in the answer above. If TIPA packaging ends up in nature, it will eventually break down, although it will take much longer than 180 days.
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