Green Facts


Compostable Econic® Packaging

Econic® packaging is made from three compostable films that are laminated together to lock in the freshness, taste and flavour of coffee and dry products. The majority of Econic® packaging is made from renewable resources.


The three films used to make Econic® are derived from sustainably-produced wood pulp and GM-free corn sources. Each film has been internationally certified to the European (which covers the UK) and American compostability standards (EN 13432 and ASTM6400).

The completed Econic® bag has not yet been officially tested by a certified international assessor. However, tests carried out by our technical team have shown that the completed Econic® packaging structure meets a compostability standard similar to the individual films.

According to in-house testing, Econic® has 97% compostable components, which is within the EN 13432 guidelines. At the time of testing, the non-compostable components were printing inks and adhesives.


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 two weeks and had almost completely disappeared after just fourteen 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