not everyone has access to a compost bin. many of us live in apartments where space is tight and communal facilities are limited. at wastebased, we’ve always been about pushing the boundaries of ecopackaging and that includes going beyond composting, when it makes sense to do so.
that means combining different biodegradable materials to achieve really great packaging. the same material used to make compostable mailers isn’t necessarily ideal for poly bags. mailers need to resist the elements for days or even weeks in the postal system, so we can’t make them from water soluble material. but weather resistance is less of a concern for internal packaging. if we made the item bag 2.0 from compostable material, it would be less transparent. it wouldn’t be water soluble and it would need to be thicker, so more raw material would be consumed in the manufacturing process.
when we sell online, we leave our packaging’s end of life in the hands of our customers. not everyone has access to compost facilities, but almost everyone has access to boiling water. and that’s all you need to dispose of an item bag. they dissolve in boiling water in seconds, rather than in a compost bin in months.