From: Packaging News
Carlton Packaging is launching a new range of PLA starch based mailing bags as part of its ‘naturally smarter’ range.
According to Carlton, the mailing bags will completely degrade to soil nutrients within 180 days in a composting environment and contain no harmful LDPE residues as some Oxo-degradable or photo-degradable LDPE products.
A company spokesperson said: “Our starch based mailing bags are 100% biodegradable in industrial composting environments along with other organic waste such as food, paper, etc.
“Compostable material breaks down into organic waste by microbial digestion to create compost. Compost has many beneficial uses including improving and fertilizing soil.
“To go through a composting process, organic waste requires the right level of heat, water, and oxygen. In a pile of organic waste, there are millions of tiny microbes that consume the waste, transforming the organic materials into compost.”
“By replacing 300 Million bags from conventional plastic to bio based and compostable bag the total material carbon footprint will be reduce by approximately 3600 Tons per year.”