All About Shergreen

We are proud to stock a wide selection of compostable and biodegradable packaging options for businesses of all types. But what makes these products special?

Recycling Explained

Compostable

Products certified to be industrially compostable according to the European standards EN 13432. These products biodegrade in a composting process typically within twelve weeks. Never place compostable plastic into the recycling with other plastics; as it is designed to break down it cannot be recycled and contaminates recyclable plastics. Products that carry this European standard can be recycled with your garden and food waste through your local authority or in composting bins.


Biodegradable

Is the disintegration of materials by bacteria, fungi, or other biological means. It is commonly
associated with environmentally-friendly products, capable of decomposing back into natural elements. There is no defined time limits for the term “biodegradable” as a number of factors determine the rate at which this degradation occurs. Factors include light, water, oxygen and temperature.


Mobius Loop (Recycle)

This indicates that an object is capable of being recycled, not that the object has been recycled or will be accepted in all recycling collection systems. Sometimes this symbol is used with a percentage figure in the middle to explain that the packaging contains x% of recycled material.


What are Shergreen products made of?

Our compostable and biodegradable products are made from a variety of things, from paper/cardboard pulp to the more complex PLA or Bagasse materials.

Polylactic Acid (PLA)

Ingeo PLA is manufactured by NatureWorks LLC in USA. Using plants to transform greenhouse
gases into sugars (dextrose) that go through a processing cycle to produce Polylactide Polymer called Ingeo. Ingeo is used to make a vast number of products, one of those being crystal clear plastic packaging that looks and feels like traditional plastic packaging. The production of Ingeo uses less resources than that of traditional oil-based PET or PS plastics. Ingeo PLA products can be commercially composted which results in complete decomposition and biodegradation.


Bagasse Sugarcane

Bagasse is a bi product of sugar cane fiber which is left after the juice has been extracted from the sugar cane. The fine paper pulp is put into moulds and pressurised in a high heat process to make environmentally-friendly packaging. Since sugarcane is a renewable plant, its bi-product, Bagasse, is a great raw material to make products including tableware products, bowls, plates, clamshells and containers etc.


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