You can purchase plain Econic® packs and rewind film and also place orders for customised printing, sizes and features by contacting us here
2. Can I trial some Econic® bags before I commit to purchase them?
If you like the sound of Econic® and want to check that it’s the right packaging for your business, you can order a fee sample packhere. If you have a packaging need that requires a customised pack or printing, you are welcome to request a low-cost trial to ensure the packaging is well-suited to your packaging requirements and processes. To ensure the manufacturing of Econic® is as sustainable as possible, we evaluate each trial request to determine if the shipment location, proposed order quantities and what is going to be packed will make it viable. You can request a low-cost trial here
3. What is the minimum order quantity for ready-made bags?
You can order as little as one pack of 100 bags if you are based in New Zealand or Australia, or a carton of 1000 bags if you are based anywhere else. You can find out more information here.
4. What kind of technical support do you provide?
Our technical team is committed to make sure your transition to Econic® will be as seamless as possible. Our in-house technical department includes a well-equipped laboratory in a HAACP approved food grade manufacturing plant and a highly skilled and experienced team of packaging technicians. They can evaluate samples of your current packaging to make sure your new Econic® packs will provide the same sealing and barrier properties, and will advise you on the equipment and sealing settings that will give you the best result. They are also available to provide expert advice and support through every stage of your Econic® journey – from packing, processing and sealing through to supply chain trials and post-launch evaluation and troubleshooting. You can contact our technical team here
5. Do you ship overseas?
Yes, we can ship to any location. To get a price on freight, please contact us here
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Do Econic® packs provide the same barriers as my current bags?
All the testing we have done so far has shown that Econic® provides the same barriers and functionality as standard petroleum-based packs. Our technical team can carry out in-house testing comparing your current packs with Econic® to make sure your new Econic® packs will deliver the same performance. You can contact our technical teamhere.
Do Econic® packs seal the same as standard bags?
Yes they do but at a lower temperature. Our technical team can advise you what pressure, temperature and dwell settings will give you the best results. You can find out more information about the sealing properties of Econic®here
Can we seal Econic® packaging on our existing equipment?
You should be able to seal Econic® on your existing sealing equipment without any modification. It generally needs to be sealed at a slightly lower temperature than standard packaging. You can find out more information about the sealing properties of Econic®here
Can we use Econic® for form, fill seal production lines?
Yes, Econic® works well on both vertical and horizontal (flow wrap) form, fill seal production lines.
Can we run Econic® rewind film on our existing equipment?
Yes. Our technical team can advise you on the equipment settings that will give you the best results. You can contact our technical teamhere.
I pack fresh roasted coffee. How do you stop the bags puffing up as the gas is released?
Degassing valves can be added to the Econic® packs to allow gases to be released from the bags. We recommend that you let your coffee rest before packing if possible. Our technical team are happy to help you trial the packs through your supply chain and will advise you on the best way to pack to suit your roasting process. You can contact our technical teamhere
Can we get a clear Econic® pack so consumers can view what's inside?
We have recently launched a high clarity version of Econic®, called Econic®Clear, which is ideal for dry products such as pet biscuits and cereals. While still providing the same high oxygen barrier provided by standard Econic®, the see-through compostable Econic®Clear film currently only provides a moderate moisture barrier, making it unsuitable at this stage for products requiring a high moisture barrier, like coffee and drinking chocolate. We are diligently working to expand our range of Econic®Clear films and welcome enquiries from companies wanting a high clarity option. Please contact us here
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1. What is Econic® packaging made from?
Econic® packaging is made from three compostable films derived from sustainably-produced wood pulp and GM-free corn sources. The three films are laminated together to provide the barrier properties required to lock in the taste and freshness of coffee and dry foods. You can find out more here
2. Where can I compost my bags?
You can put your used Econic® bags in your own home compost or worm farm, containing heat, water, oxygen, soil and micro-organisms. They can also be disposed of in a commercial composting facility if you have one in your area.
3. How long does it take for Econic® bags to break down in the compost?
Compost trials have shown that Econic® bags can break down into small fragments in as little as 16 weeks. However, the rate of breakdown will vary depending on the compost environment, temperature and humidity. Therefore, it will likely take longer to break down if you live in a cold climate. You can find out morehere.
4. What would happen if I bury my used Econic® bags in my garden? Will they break down?
Yes the bag will break down, but at a slower rate than it would in a compost environment containing heat, water, oxygen, soil and micro-organisms.
5. Is the bag 100% compostable?
No, but we are working on it. At the moment Econic® has 97% compostable components and we are looking at utilising renewable resource based inks and adhesives, which would raise the overall compostable components to 99%. The degassing valves we use for fresh roasted coffee are currently not compostable, but they can be easily peeled off the bags before composting.
6. Is Econic® packaging 100% renewable?
Unfortunately, no it is not. The estimated average percentage of renewable resources contained in Econic® film is currently 60%. Like you, we would ideally like this percentage to be higher but are limited at the moment by the availability of suitable sustainable raw materials that deliver the barrier and performance properties we need. At the moment the films we use to make Econic® are all certified compostable, and are derived from renewable wood pulp and corn sources. However, they all contain a percentage of compostable petroleum-based materials. We are constantly on the lookout for new resin formulas that will allow us to raise the renewable content of Econic®. The exact percentage of renewable resources contained in Econic® packaging can vary depending on the type and thickness of the film. If you would like to know the percentage of renewable material contained in a specific type of Econic® film, you can contact our technical team here.
7. Are the inks and adhesives safe for the environment?
Our suppliers have confirmed that no heavy metals, which would potentially be harmful to worms, are intentionally used in the manufacture of our printing inks and adhesives.
8. What about air miles?
We are definitely mindful of this. Our plan is to manufacture Econic in multiple locations worldwide as we open new markets to minimise the carbon emissions caused by long-haul transport, including air freight. We are in the very early stages of this, and will progress this area of our business as fast as we possibly can.
9. Do you have any other sustainable packaging options in addition to Econic®
Yes, we do. We are always working to develop new green packaging options and currently have a range of sustainable films available, offering a range of functions and features. You can view our full range of compostable packaging optionshere.
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Can you print my branding on Econic® bags?
Yes. We have two eight-colour printing presses that can print your graphics to optimise your branding – with guaranteed good results. Our high quality flexographic printing has won us eight gold medals in the prestigious New Zealand printing industry Pride in Print Awards and numerous silver and highly commended awards in both New Zealand and Australia.
What is the minimum order quantity for custom printed bags?
The minimum order is normally 10,000 bags, but that can vary depending on the size of the bag and how many variants you are printing. We will work with you to find the most cost-effective solution possible, while still delivering the multiple award-winning high quality print that our company is widely recognised for. You can make an enquiryhere.
Can you print multiple varieties?
Yes. We can print small quantities of different varieties within a total order and can advise you how to adapt your design to minimise the number of printing plates needed if you want to limit your costs. Our in-house prepress department specialises in making our printing as high quality and cost-effective as possible. You can make an enquiry here.
What is the lead-time for custom printed bags?
Approximately six weeks plus shipping once the artwork is finalised, subject to us having the materials available. You can make an enquiryhere.