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Compostable Pod Packaging

Why Go Eco?

Have you ever seen the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?? This is an area of ocean bigger than the size of Spain which is swimming with non-biodegradable plastic waste. Birds, fish, turtles and other marine life are dying because they either eat or get tangled up in the plastic.

In August 2016, Plymouth University reported that plastic was found in a third of UK-caught fish. It has also been calculated by scientists at Ghent University in Belgium that shellfish lovers eat up to 11,000 plastic fragments each year. Whilst less than 1% of these fragments are absorbed by the human body, they do and will accumulate over time. Reports estimate that by 2050, the volume of plastics accumulated in our oceans will be greater than that of fish.

My pod & clear bag packaging is compostable which means it doesn’t have to end up in landfill. PLA stands for “Polylactic Acid” and is a biodegradable plastic derived from corn starch. This material makes a fantastic alternative to conventional plastics which can take many hundreds of years to break down.

Because PLA bioplastic is made from plants which are a renewable resource, by using this bioplastic we are reducing our dependence on finite resources such as petroleum oil.

Compared with conventional plastics which break down over many years into smaller plastic pieces and therefore never truly disappear, when PLA biodegrades it breaks down into organic matter: CO2 and water which can feed the earth to grow more plants thereby closing the life cycle.

The PLA most commonly used in food packaging has a relatively low melting temperature. This also means that less energy is required for the production process making it an even more eco-friendly plastic option.

 

Did you know that all my pod packaging is plastic free? I switched over from plastic pods over a year ago now and only use compostable pod packaging. It may look like plastic and feel like plastic, but it’s 100% compostable! Our pods may look like plastic but they are made from corn starch and on the bottom of the packaging its printed compostable….it also leaves this mark on the wax once its set in the pod. Even the glitters i use are biodegradable, i switched to these glitters before i changed my pod packaging and along with the soy wax i use and cruelty free fragrance oils it certainly does make my business very eco friendly. I like to try and do my bit and as i was selling wax pods in plastic packaging before making my switch i wasn’t helping the environment at all, i was just adding to the use of plastics when it goes to show if i can use compostable packaging why cant others?

Even the little packaging chips i sometimes by in, these are also biodgrable and you can test these by putting them under the tap and watching them melt away to nothing. I pride myself on using as many packaging supplies as i can that are compostable and being able to offer you a subscription box with so many of the packaging products i use falling under this category. We have a compost pile at home and i always put mine on it, it can take up to 12 weeks for the pod packaging to decompose, but quicker if your compost pile is active daily……meaning you add items to it each day helping it to break down into compost much quicker. Please don’t worry if you don’t have room for a compost pile, placing them in the recycle bin is just as good or you can take them down to your local tip were many of them have a compost section.

I’ll be back next Monday to talk about my brittles and to explain how to use these and all about their packaging too! I hope you’ve enjoyed ready my Monday Blog and please feel free to leave a comment or if you’ve a question ask and i’ll happily answer it.

Enjoy!

 

Rachel……x

 

14 replies
  1. Kate W
    Kate W says:

    I love thY you use compostable pod packaging and biodegradable glitter, so much better for the environment. Thanks for the interesting read xx

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      I try in every way i can even in my home too. I find it so important to make as many cut backs with using plastic as possible and me being able to change my pod packaging also means my customers are making cut backs too xx

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  2. Tori
    Tori says:

    By you talking about your plastic use it really has made me think about how much plastic I use day to day and I have made an effort to cut it as much as I can. Thankyou for sharing this blog x

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      This makes me so happy reading your comment Tori, cutting just that little bit as often as you can really makes a difference. Rachel…..xx

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      I love you’ve been recycling for a few years. I’ve always been one for recycling and when I researched and saw I could actually change my pod packaging I jumped at the chance. It took lots of testing but I persevered and I’m glad. Rachel….xx

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  3. Michelle Garside
    Michelle Garside says:

    Fantastic informative Blog , I love how you have taken time to put together these blog’s ,Your values , your attention to detail & fantastic customer service Combined with positively the Best high end low price Wax is why LIWL is such a success , I highly recommend your Wax all the time and I am becoming ( much to my husband’s annoyance) a wax addict 😍🤩💖

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      Aww Michelle, I love your comment and I did giggle at the end when you said you’ve become a wax addict. Honestly I love how much you say about the quality of my wax it really does mean a lot to me. You’re an amazing customer and I love seeing you when you collect with Jess. Rachel……xx

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      So happy you love reading them. I’m also going to put a question on my page asking those who buy from me or follow me what they’d like me to blog about. I have lots in line, next weeks on brittles, but it’ll be nice to hear what you’d all like to read about too. Rachel…..x

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