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The environment is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, but we know just how confusing environmental jargon can be! We are committed to educating our customers so they can make informed environmental decisions about their packaging. The following terms may be useful:

Compostable

Where products are correctly described as compostable, this refers to their suitability for treatment in a commercial composter where they are exposed to the optimal amounts of sunlight, temperature and moisture to break- down in a set period of time. The European Standard EN13432 is one of the most globally recognised accreditations for composting, and outlines the criteria a product must meet to be considered 100% compostable.

Renewable/Sustainable Resource

Renewable/Sustainable Resource

A resource which can be sustained at current levels if current consumption trend continues. As conventional plastics are derived from oil, they are not sustainable resources. Paper and board derived from properly managed timber is a sustainable resource.

Recyclable

Recyclable

A product or material is recyclable if it can be separated, collected and reprocessed into a new product.

Biodegradable

Biodegradable

Biodegradable items are those in which the degradation results from the action of naturally occuring microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and algae.