The PLA/PBAT mailers are certified home compostable and industrial compostable.
In the optimal conditions of industrial composting facilities, compostable plastic breaks down within 90 days, leaving behind only CO2 and water. An ideal mix of moisture, oxygen circulation, and temperature accelerate the material breakdown.
In a home composting bin, it takes come practice to mimic this ideal mixture. Break down can take up to a year for compostable plastics.
Access to industrial composting is limited, but as compostable plastic becomes more common, we hope to see more options — both home and industrial — for composting. For now, there are a few ways to ensure your compostable plastic ends up in the best place:
- Provide resources for easy home composting.
- Offer resources to mail-in or in-person dropoffs.
- Encourage reuse — if your customer can extend the life of your packaging, they’re sparing new resources. Consider adding a second adhesive strips for a return strip, or encourage your customers to reuse the mailers for other uses.