Our new compostable bags look similar to the former ones, but they’re not! Look out for the disposal information on the side.
We’ve been working on this next generation of packaging for more than a year, even before the collapse of REDcycle. It just took this long to get through the batch of soft plastic bags we already have in stock—because we think throwing them out unused is even more wasteful.
The good news is: our new bags are starting to roll out this week, and they are made with ABA Home Compostable certified materials! (And the whole bags themselves are pending their own certification.)
1kg bags are now in circulation. 250g and 400-500g bags will come into action as the existing soft plastic stock finishes, which we anticipate to happen within the next month or two.
Every material is a compromise
In terms of materials, the choice wasn’t always obvious.
Aluminium is the best in terms of recycling over and over, but the machinery investment is hefty.
Paper is widely available, cheap, and recycles okay, but not suitable to keep beans fresh for weeks.
Home compostable options are fantastic and numerous, but are also way more pricey than soft plastic. Plus, most FOGO (Food and Organics) collection systems still don’t accept many certified home-compostable items… so right now, the harsh reality is most still end up in landfill.
Look for this message on the side of our new bags
So, how did we choose?
All things considered, we settled on the home-compostable material you’ll see soon. The winning argument was that their core is plant-based and no longer reliant on oil. And, while the waste collection waste systems are not currently compost-ready, we anticipate heaps of progress in the next few months and years.
We’ve left a space on the bag to add the “ABA Home Compostable” verified seedling logo once that process is complete, and hopefully, we’ll all be seeing more of that on other packaging in the coming years.