We’ve been working with our suppliers to reduce the use of plastics in our packaging, use eco-friendly alternatives, and where possible make it easier for our customers to recycle. The cellophane bags we use to protect brushes and small items, and our packaging peanuts are 100% compostable.
We’re working on solutions for our non-recyclable packaging and our recyclable plastic packaging, to further reduce our plastic use. We also switched several years ago to using mainly paper tape to make it simpler for you to recycle the boxes and card you receive from us.
Our warehouse separates all the paper and plastic that our goods arrive in and re-use the packing materials when we send out orders. We have a zero-to-landfill policy at our warehouse which we’ll be writing a full post about soon.
You can see full information on our packaging and how to recycle or compost it on jacksonsart.com.
We’ve added stickers to our 100% compostable cellophane bags
We’ve been using these bags to protect brushes and small items for a while but we wanted to make it clearer that these bags can go in the compost. Our 100% compostable stickers are also compostable themselves and are from total chlorine free face stock (TCF), water-based adhesives and solvent free polymers.
The cellophane bags are made from PLA film which comes from annually renewable corn and other sugar starches. It’s certified with the European standard EN 13432 and the ‘OK biobased ****’ conformity mark.
The film itself biodegrades completely into CO2, water and biomass after 6 months in industrial composting conditions (58° C). This makes it 100% compostable as well as biodegradable.
You can put the bags in your food waste collection if it goes to a suitable industrial composting plant. You can check with your local council if they accept certified EN 13432 compostable packaging in their food waste collection.
We’ve introduced 100% compostable packaging peanuts
The most difficult area to deal with has been to work out how best to fill in the empty spaces in the cardboard boxes in which you receive your orders. If we don’t fill in these spaces, products will move around and get damaged. Paper is suitable for some products but heavy tins and jars need something denser to stop them moving about and causing damage to any other materials or the box.
There are biodegradable plastic options available but we discovered they usually need oxygen and UV light to degrade. This means that bio-degradable plastics if buried in a landfill can take hundreds of years to break down, and breaking down is all that they do. What was a sheet of plastic becomes many tiny pieces of plastic. It’s still there, just in bits. On top of this, if you were to put the biodegradable plastic in the recycling bin, it can contaminate recyclable plastic and make it un-recyclable.
Instead, we either use shredded recycled cardboard, which is made using a shredder from old boxes in our warehouse, or 100% compostable cornstarch-based packing peanuts.
These peanuts are made from sustainable starch-based raw materials in a low energy manufacturing process; a far more environmentally friendly solution than petroleum-based polystyrene packing material. They are completely natural and non-toxic and break down incredibly quickly in home composting. They’re also completely water-soluble so you can dissolve them in water and pour them down the sink.