FAQs

General

Start your Greenmark journey by browsing through our compostable products and placing an order via our online store

In Australia, we supply to our customers nation-wide! We currently do not ship internationally, although be sure to watch this space!

By choosing Greenmark to support your sustainability journey, you will be:

  • – Reducing the demand for oil-based products
  • – Providing nutrient-rich soil back to the Earth
  • – Helping advocate sustainable products
  • – Reducing your plastic-waste footprint and avoid contributing to waste pollution

Our Products

All of our compostable products are made from natural renewable materials such as sugarcane, wood, paper, areca palm, bamboo and cornstarch – learn more about our materials here! 

Everything is biodegradable, even plastic is biodegradable – since, ‘biodegradable’ means to simply break down. But for how long? The term doesn’t specify it. However, to be classified ‘compostable’, a product will need to break down into organic matter within a certain time frame and under specific conditions. So, to answer your question, Greenmark food packaging is all three, but most importantly, it is compostable. 

We pride on our extensive range of compostables, offering more than 650 products and we’re still growing!

We know that there is still a need for disposables. Large scale events such as markets, schools or music festivals require a quick and affordable way to serve food. With compostables, they can collect the compostable packaging with food scraps and compost on-site or an external waste recovery facility.  

Composting Information

Home composting, like the name suggests, can be right in your backyard! Common home composting methods include pile, tumbler, worm farms, and bokashi bins. For more information, click here to read more about each method and find one that’s right for you! 

But please take note; just because they are home compostable doesn’t mean you can throw them into the environment! While they will degrade in time, the process will take considerably longer than properly composting the waste, and be an eye sore to boot! 

Industrial composting takes place in facilities that are set up to handle large amounts of organic waste. 

Because of the sheer volume of material that pass through these sites, specific conditions such as moisture and temperature are carefully monitored and controlled during the composting process that allow PLA to break down effectively. 

Compostable packaging breaks down at different rates owing to the material of the product and the conditions that are used to dispose the product.

Products that are thick and dense such as PLA cutlery will breakdown at slower rates than thin packaging such as paper bags. Products broken down in an industrial compost will break down faster in a home compost conditions. Factors such as temperature, aeration and bacterial activity all play in a part in speeding up the decomposition process. 

How to dispose Greenmark packaging?

Compostable packaging made from sugarcane, bamboo, wood and areca palm and PBAT can be sustainably disposed via home backyard compost or worm farms. Packaging made from PLA must be disposed via industrial composting facilities to be sustainably processed into organic matter or fertiliser.

Once food scraps come in contact with compostable packaging, they cannot be disposed via the recycling waste stream. Made from natural material, compostables can be sustainably disposed via home compost or industrial composting facilities along with food scraps. Unlike plastics and recycling industry, composting eliminates the food contamination issue as both food and packaging can be combined and degraded into organic matter.

Compostable packaging cannot breakdown in landfill – or pretty much most things cannot breakdown in landfill. As the food packaging gets trapped underneath piles and piles and other waste, there will not be able to produce oxygen to decompose and will alternatively produce methane and other toxic gases. This not only goes for compostable food packaging, but all types of waste that ends up in landfill. That’s why we highly recommend disposing compostables via organics recycling or a composting facility. 

 

If we haven’t answered your question yet, feel free to reach out to us via our socials or email hello@greenmarkpack.com.au to learn more! 

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