Green Facts


Compostable Econic Packaging

Econic® compostable packaging has been purpose-designed to allow eco-conscious companies reduce their impact on the environment while still retaining the same level of functionality and food safety provided by traditional plastic films.


The majority of every Econic bag or wrapper is made from a combination of compostable films derived from sustainably-managed renewable resources.

With the exception of the paper-outer on the EconicKraft bags, the films used to make Econic have been individually certified to the European and American compostability standards EN 13432 and ASTM6400. Because Convex specialises in customising Econic, the completed packaging structure has not been officially certified. This allows us to tailor the material mix in each finished bag or film to suit the functionality and aesthetics required for specific products, brands, production lines and packing processes. We follow robust international testing regimes to ensure that all Econic variants meet recognised compostable packaging guidelines and tests carried out by our technical team have verified they break down in a typical composting environment.

Each completed Econic bag or wrapper includes a percentage of compostable non-renewable components derived from petroleum, which can vary due to factors such as ink coverage, film thickness and customised performance adaptions. Convex is constantly working to increase the renewable content of Econic as suitable sustainable raw materials and resin formulas become available.


Econic® bags are compostable when disposed of in a composting environment containing heat, water, oxygen, soil and micro-organisms.

Important note: If you have non-compostable labels or degassing valves on your Econic bags, you will need to peel these off before composting the bag.

Other Compostable Packaging Options

Econic® is one of several compostable packaging options developed and/or manufactured by Convex. To view our other compostable packaging options please click here

Compostable Versus Biodegradable

One of the most common questions we are asked is, “Does bio-degradable and compostable mean the same thing and, if not, what is the difference?” We have attempted to answer this question as simply as we can by defining the widely accepted official meanings of the two terms more…

A controlled composting trial was carried out in 2010 to confirm the breakdown rate of the Econic®bags. This photo shows the remains of three composting coffee bags after 14 weeks, compared to one complete control bag. During the trial the bags started to soften after two weeks and had almost completely disappeared after just fourteen weeks, with only small fragments remaining.

A controlled composting trial was carried out in 2010 to confirm the breakdown rate of the Econic bags. This photo shows the remains of three composting coffee bags after 14 weeks, compared to one complete control bag. During the trial the bags started to soften after 2 weeks and had almost completely disappeared after just 14 weeks, with only small fragments remaining.  You can view the compost trial report here

 

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Hear what our customers have to say!

“We put the packs into our own worm farms, where we put food scraps every day, and then monitored how they were breaking down over time. The results satisfied us as a company that Econic® was a product we could stand behind.”

– Mike Murphy, Kokako Auckland, New Zealand Read more