Biodegradable Ireland - for bags that don't cost the earth

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Welcome to - the website from Polybags UK dedicated to Irish customers who want to do their bit for the environment.

As the UK's number one manufacturer of polythene and eco-friendly packaging, Polybags has always offered great savings, delivery and service to our Irish customers, but today the savings are bigger than ever.

Sterling has weakened following the announcement of Brexit, so your Euros get you more for your money, plus all VAT-registered customers pay no VAT - saving you a further 23%!

Add a huge range of eco-packaging, from compostable food waste bags to biodegradable carrier bags, a no-quibble guarantee and a two-day delivery service - free for orders over £120 - and you've got the perfect place to buy green packaging. Céad míle fáilte!

Save 23% on everything - pay no VAT!

Pay no VAT stamp

If you are a business customer and your company is VAT-registered in Ireland then all purchases made with us are liable for VAT at zero rate - that's a saving of 23%!

Once you've chosen your products and reached checkout, simply add your VAT number (starting IE) to the 'Additional Information' box. We'll then refund the VAT on this first order and all future orders placed will automatically be VAT-free.

If you'd prefer to speak to a member of our team, just call +44 20 8575 8200 and ask to be set up with an online account. Once that's done you can start shopping online with us VAT-free.

Our green credentials

We have been working with London's Metropolitan University for many years to produce totally new and revolutionary packing solutions that are designed to reduce plastic bag wastage with some ingenious results, like making fully compostable bags out of potato starch!

We also collect and recycle regular polythene bags, returning them to polymer to reuse in the production of more standard packaging.

Latest news and views on biodegradable packaging

Biodegradable bags

Biodegradable bags do not violate the environment, even if only thrown in nature. We manufacture biodegradable bags by utilising supplements that promote fast degradation of the polymer after its disposal.

In 2017, the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) and Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) helped fund a BioCycle study that found a small less than half of curbside residential organics assortment programs were accepting compostable plastics or similar packaging. 2018 BioCycle research found above half of food waste composters were taking certain types of compostable packaging, including food-soiled paper.

Biodegradable Packaging is Plant-Based

Prior to recent years, nearly all packaging for food, manufacture, and supplies were sold in plastics that were oil-based, manufactured from petroleum. Now with the rising costs of oil, companies are looking for methods to save money. When the biggest retailer in the world, Wal-Mart, said that it would sell manufacture in PLA containers, this boosted sales of biodegradable packaging. Wal-Mart plans to use 114 million PLA containers above the course of a year. It is estimated that this eco-friendly decision will cut down on 800,000 barrels of oil annually.

Biodegradable packaging may be part of the solution

Petroleum-based plastic materials stay in the environment for hundreds of years, entering the food chain and negatively affecting wildlife. Biodegradable packaging, manufactured by vegetable material, has appeared as a solution since they decompose naturally, so not affecting the environment. The worldwide innovation, Hiperbaric Bulk technology for processing big volumes of liquids in bulk, potentially adds to the solution in the High Pressure Processing field, since it enables to use any kind of packaging for HPP beverages.

Many British states have banned transport bags, shopping bags, we have compostable transport bags and shopping bags, plain and printed ( customised ) according to ministry of environment and central pollution control board notifications as per IS 17088: 2012/ EN 13432/ASTM 6400. Besides being much cost-effective , it does not even smash on shelf unlike starch bags. It is also not expensive as starch bags (trugreen/envigreen). Minimum Quantity required if printing needed.

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Why degradable or biodegradable packaging?

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Biodegradation is the process by which organic substances are broken down by the enzymes produced by living organisms.

The website states: "Conventional plastics do not break down. Litter and landfill waste may take years to degrade. Another problem with ordinary plastics is that anything contained within them may not reach their full degradation potential. This results in a needless waste of valuable landfill space."

Based on the material used, bioplastics can take varying lengths of time to totally compost, but usually biodegrade up to 60% within 90 to 180 days. It is also important to know the differences between degradable, biodegradable and compostable.


"Capable of undergoing biological decomposition in a compost site as part of an available program, such that the plastic is not visually distinguishable and breaks down to carbon dioxide, water, inorganic compounds, and biomass, at a rate consistent with known compostable materials (e.g. cellulose) and leaves no toxic residue." - American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM).

So in order for a plastic to be called compostable it needs to meet three rules:

  1. It needs to be able to biodegrade, i.e. it needs to break down into carbon dioxide, water and biomass at the same rate as cellulose (paper)
  2. The material has to fully disintegrate, i.e. be indistinguishable in the compost
  3. Eco-toxicity - the biodegradation must not produce any toxic material so that the compost can support plant growth

Biodegradable plastic

Biodegradable plastic is one which can be chemically degraded via natural effectors such as soil bacteria, weather, plants or animals.

Note that there is no requirement for leaving no toxic residue, as well as no requirement for the time it takes to biodegrade.

Degradable plastic

By definition, this term refers to a plastic film containing a controlled percentage of an appropriate non-toxic, non-tinting additive, which will enable the plastic film to totally degrade when exposed to aerobic or anaerobic conditions, including when disposed in a landfill or other regulated dumping area, and within such period of time as specified.

A plastic therefore may be degradable but not biodegradable or it may be biodegradable but not compostable, i.e. it breaks down too slowly to be called compostable or leaves toxic residue.