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 commercial compostability standards (EN 13432 and ASTM6400) and either the European or Australian home compostable standards: OK Compost Home or AS5810 . 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. These options include a high clarity moisture-resistant compostable film called EcoClear™ for packing short shelf-life salad greens and produce. You can read more about EcoClear here. 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…