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Compostable laminate

Grounded's compostable Plantcell™ laminate is designed to be commercially composted. Made using a blend of materials derived from eucalyptus and cassava root. Available in high and low barrier options and is suitable for use across a number of different industry applications.


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Kraft paper
Metalised film
Transparent film
White paper

The Good

  • Compostable (or biodegradable) in industrial compost conditions
  • Does not break down into micro-plastic particles
  • The use of compostable materials in flexible packaging aids in the development a functioning circular economic system. This is particularly important in flexible packaging as it is an area that is very challenging for mechanical recycling
  • The increased use of compostable materials creates market demand that will lead to the development of important composting infrastructure
  • Reduces reliance on fossil fuels and increases the use of renewable plant-based materials
  • Promoting the development of a composting waste stream also helps to address the problem of the excess waste to the landfill (in the form of food scraps) which has a significant contribution to greenhouse gas emissions

The Bad

  • More expensive than virgin and recycled plastic materials
  • A majority of compostable materials are hygroscopic, meaning they and have a tendency to take on moisture. This limits the shelf-life for products with high moisture or oil content.
  • Despite the exciting opportunity compostable films and laminates represent to develop a productive circular economy, currently rates of composting are low
  • If compostable bioplastics end up in a landfill, over time they will generate methane, a greenhouse gas far worse for the environment than carbon dioxide
  • There is a lot of misinformation in relation to compostable materials and they lack universally-accepted labelling and certification standards.

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