International Compost Awareness Week
This week is International Compost Awareness Week, so we thought we'd share some helpful resources on the two types of composting: home and commercial, to educate and hopefully inspire you.
Why is it so important that we compost? Waste that ends up in landfills generates methane, which is a potent greenhouse gas. In a home compost bin or industrial composting facility, the presence of air completely changes the way the waste decomposes and methane is no longer released. A big win for the planet!
However, it’s not just the atmosphere that composting benefits, it also has a positive impact on the quality of the soil that's under our feet, which is just as important as the air that we breathe in. Soil affects the nutrients found in the food that we eat, our health, plant life, medicine (yes, this can be made from soil) and the natural environment.
Starting a home compost sounds like a big commitment of space and time - we understand that it's not always feasible. That's why we like to help our customers by working with composting facilities like First Mile, who help to collect coffee cups and food packaging from your favourite cafes or coffee events. We are proud to announce that at the recent London Coffee Festival, 310,000 cups were composted with us offsetting 871.83kg of carbon.
Check out how we work at large scale events in the video below.
Our packaging products are all certified compostable and are overall better for the planet - from production to disposal. And how do we know this? Compostable packaging must be certified. It proves the material decomposes completely in up to 180 days, leaving no toxics or residues behind. They must be made of renewable resources and, once they break down, can be used as fertiliser to help our quality of soil. You can read all about our certifications here.
Everything we make at decent packaging we can unmake; everything is simply made from plants. From production to disposal, plant products are kinder to the environment; they fit in with the circle of natural life. Oil-based plastic products are the opposite. Sourcing oil is dangerous - oil spills, super toxic refineries, and a long history of unethical business practices afflicts the fossil fuel industry. Globally, packaging needs to be better, and our contribution is making packaging from plants.
Check out some useful resources on composting below.
- Video tips on how to compost bagasse - Decent Packaging
- Zero50 The Green Impact Podcast: Composting food and green waste at scale with First Mile and Kate Stanfield
- Why is soil health so important to us all? - Envar Composting
- Home composting myth busters - Recycle for Greater Manchester
- The Full Package - Decent Packaging
- Composting & Waste Streams - Decent Packaging