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 packaging and eco-friendly alternatives, Polybags has a marketing-leading range of green packaging, including compostable and biodegradable ranges, plus products made from 100% recycled material and carbon-neutral, renewable bioplastic.

Whether you're looking for compostable carrier bags, 100% recycled mailing bags or carbon-neutral packing bags, you'll find all the eco-products you need at Polybags.

We offer fast delivery to Ireland plus no VAT and great savings on bulk orders for Irish customers.

Buy in pounds, save in Euros - with a big buy-in-bulk bonus

With Sterling's weakness in the currency market, your Euros go further, so you can buy in pounds and save in Euros!

New customs regulations and increased courier costs mean that small orders do cost a little more post-Brexit, but Polybags' Irish customers who buy in bulk can still take advantage of free delivery to Ireland.

All orders over £180 come with fast and free delivery - add to that the favourable exchange rate and you've got yourself a bulk-buy packaging bargain!

Our green credentials

Polybags take environmental matters very seriously. As a responsible packaging manufacturer, we understand the responsibility we have as a company, both to our environment and to the generations who will inhabit our planet in the future.

We manufacture a huge range of eco-friendly packaging that minimises environmental impact, whilst still enabling you to get the job done with the minimum of fuss, including a wide range of fully compostable products made from natural, starch-based bio-polymers.

We operate a 100%-recycling principle, with manufacturing processes designed to minimise waste wherever possible. We collect all waste in-house and use it to make new products, unless doing so is less energy-efficient than disposing of it.

Our eco-packaging range is expanding all the time, with our compostable, biodegradable and 100%-recycled ranges now accompanied by many products made from renewable material and our innovative I'm Green carbon-neutral range.

Latest news and views on biodegradable packaging

Compostable Shopping bags, manufacture bags, fruit and vegetable bags, transport bags and singlet bags, which are British Certified compostable. These commercial environmental bags are degradable, biodegradable and compostable, and provide a sustainable substitute to plastic bags. They are proven effective as a more sustainable option to plastics.

Custom Promotional Eco-Friendly Bags | Polybags

CODES (4 days ago) An eco friendly customised tote bag fits the bill perfectly in this regards. Your emblem placed neatly on one of our eco-friendly bags will give your stop users and their friends, a reason to remember you for a long time to come almost all time they use the bag!

BioBag is not a big petroleum-based plastic bag company that now conveniently dabbles in the new world of compostable bags. We are, instead, a small company of dedicated employees, who are fully committed to ONLY manufacturing certified compostable bags and films.

For those whoare not aware yet, Queensland Government will ban single use plastic bags as of July 2018. That means that from then on you might need to transport your groceries in reusable bags, compostable/bio-degradable bags, hessian or jute bags, your hands, pockets, carton boxes, whatever, there’s plenty of options, nevertheless NO PLASTIC

As HuffPost reported, this greenwashing of oxo-biodegradable bags has gotten the industry in trouble before: In 2015, the FTC sent letters to notify 20 dog poop bag manufacturers that "their biodegradable and compostable claims may be gross."

Let's Take Responsibility for Our Own Compostable Packaging Waste

Compostable materials also disintegrate at a naturally faster rate. According to EU law, all certified compostable packaging is, by default, biodegradable. In contrast, not all biodegradable products can be considered compostable.

Is Biodegradable Packaging Affordable?

Plastic packaging is a big expense. The expense is not for organizations that benefit from the cost-effective packaging solution that plastic packaging offers, nevertheless rather there is an expense to the environment. Plastic packaging covers the normal environment with plastics that can take thousands of years to degrade, and so efforts have been manufactured to introduce biodegradable plastics into the production cycle for a big number of products. Biodegradable packaging is manufactured from a number of materials that are easily broken down through normal processes in the environment. Another name for biodegradable packaging is compostable packaging, for this very reason. Organisations can use the packaging and dispose of it by composting it where its compostable components integrate with the normal soil in the environment. Most of the biodegradable packaging is manufactured with biomass material these days. That means any agricultural waste, normally in the form of corn, wheat or sugar cane waste, is used in its production. The fibres in the packaging, because they’re normal, smash down only as the vegetation would transport out. So biodegradable packaging may be sustainable and environmentally friendly, nevertheless is it cost-effective for all business? Well, that entirely relies on what kind of packaging you’re utilising. There are recycled paper/carton products on the market that are cost-effective to use, and a few sugar cane fibre products that are also cost-efficient, nevertheless when looking for a plastic substitute the costs can be drastic. Polylactic Acid (PLA), a biodegradable plastic polymer manufactured from biomass, is very expensive. Furthermore, the energy required to convert biomass into an easily biodegradable plastic means that its production is not as environmentally friendly as first conceived. In conclusion, recycled paper and biomass fibre packaging is cost effective and easily manufactured, as well as being safe for the environment. However, there is no sustainable method of creating PLAs, and the products are so expensive that only the most not inclusive emblems use the material for packaging. If you are looking for recycled paper and carton packaging products, then make sure you contact Design Packaging & Polybags

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You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not smash down fast enough and result in additional processing costs. Your bin could also be refused assortment. More information on how the compost is manufactured can be found on RECAP's website.

Why degradable or biodegradable packaging?

Starch based biodegradable bin liners and refuse sacks

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.