Value Of Compostable Packaging

Compost manufacturers and venues can make decisions that eventually divert waste and lower emissions by analysing the quantity of food waste that biodegradable packaging can contribute to a compostable bin in various circumstances.


When choosing the appropriate packaging for a particular product, it's critical to consider sustainability in a larger sense in addition to acknowledging composting as an end-of-life option. A different end-of-life management strategy or even a different component of the package/product lifecycle may be included in a broader perspective.


While the majority of customers prioritise sustainability when it comes to packaging end-of-life, there are likely more opportunities to have a good impact on society in other areas of the package or product lifecycle. It is recommended to conduct case-by-case analyses to evaluate whether creating a recyclable or compostable package has more positive environmental effects than other aspects, such as package weight and functionality.


Keep tabs on the efforts being made by the industry in this area to position a packaging end-of-life strategy for success. Brands, organisations, and governments are working extremely hard to find opportunities for the recovery and diversion of packaging waste. Although composting can seem challenging, it will play an important role in efforts to meet waste diversion goals.


When is Compostable Packaging the Right Option?

Compostable packaging has value when it lets us:

  • Capture and divert food waste from landfills;

  • Simplify the dining experience and improve the recycling process;

  • Create compost that supports soils' ability to act as carbon sinks; and

  • Support the biological cycles of the circular economy.

Understanding whether biodegradable packaging is the best fit for your packaging application is the first step in creating it. The use of compostable packaging shouldn't be seen as a one-size-fits-all solution to every issue; for example, it won't stop non-recyclable or ocean plastic litter. Instead,  it should support food-waste diversion efforts, obtain third-party certification, and display clear labelling.

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