There are several reasons eCommerce is 'easier' on the environment than traditional bricks and mortar retail; fewer resources are consumed running warehouses than retail stores, it reduces the need for shoppers to take transport to stores, distribution centres are nearer to transport hubs reducing carbon miles, and electronic advertising is far more sustainable than print.
In late 2019, Australian magazine 'Slow Journal' decided to test how quickly compostable courier bags degraded in a home compost. The results speak for themselves. After just 6 weeks, just a few scraps of the Better Packaging Co. 'Real Dirt Bag' remained and after 9 weeks they could find no trace of it. The other satchel ... still almost 100% intact. Pretty obvious which ones the worms prefer!
Today is a very special day because today the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and we are proud to be one of the founding signatories. This Commitment to eradicate plastic waste and pollution at the source has been signed by 250 organisations including many of the world’s largest packaging producers, brands, retailers and recyclers, as well as governments and NGOs and The Better Packaging Co.!!
PBAT is currently a key component in our range of compostable packaging. While PBAT is easily biodegradable and will decompose in home compost leaving no toxic residues, it is currently partly derived from petrochemicals, yip, oil. This means it's not renewable (because the earth's oil stocks are finite and becoming depleted) and this is why we're working super-hard to research and test some of the emerging resins which have a higher bio-base (ie. are more made from plants). Interestingly, it is PBAT that is added to make the product degrade quickly enough to meet the home compostability criteria.