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

United States Biodegradable Packaging Materials Market Report 2018

5 United States Biodegradable Packaging Materials Sales (Volume) by Application our telephone 5.1 United States Biodegradable Packaging Materials Sales and Market Share by Application our telephone 5.2 United States Biodegradable Packaging Materials Sales Growth Rate by Application our telephone 5.3 Market Drivers and Opportunities

The use of corn starch bags for food waste assortment is not new, nevertheless making a carton bin for the food waste to be collected in is a new view. The holes in the carton Disbin disposable food waste bin mean the Biobag inside the bin can breathe, allowing aerobic decomposition of the food scraps.

How are Biodegradable Plastics Made?

Biodegradable plastics do not track your exposure to herbicides and pesticides. There is no method to know if the crops that have been sent in for the manufacturing of these plastics were exposed to any such harmful chemicals. Thus, we still dash a risk of being exposed to them.

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Key Vendours of Green Packaging Market:

The cost to select your possess fruit is £5 per adult, £3 children (age 5-15) and kids below 5 are complimentary. NOTE: amid school holidays all kids are FREE. There is also a family entry (2 adults and 2 or more kids age 5-15) for £16. You pay this fee at the shop shed before heading out to the orchard. They give you environmental bags to use for picking as well as tell where to select fruit from. All fruit picked must be purchased at the per kilo price.

Non Woven Eco-Friendly Bags

Our Non-Woven Bags are manufactured up of Double Beam Technology PP Spunbond Non-Woven Fabrics. These bags are eco-friendly bags as it is 100% recyclable and reusable . Therefore it does not hurt environment.

Ban plastic bags! But what about compostable bags?

Certified compostable bags are biodegradable and the optimal solution for the origin separation of food and garden organics. Notwithstanding biodegradable is not frequently compostable. It is critical that compostable plastics transport the British Standards certification to define the product will biodegrade in a commercial composting operation. AORA's stated national policy is to ban all single use non compostable plastic bags of all gauges (see full policy below).

Degradable bags may not be reply

Cost is another barrier to the widespread introduction of biodegradable bags. Retailers estimate the plastic bags now in use cost about 1.3 cents each. Degradable bags cost anywhere from 1.6 to 22 cents each and are not likely to become any cheaper for at least another three years.

Biodegradable bags for biological wastes 350x420. Code: SNBIO350

Biodegradable bags for biological wastes. Biodegradable bags for biological wastes 850x1100. Code: SNBIO850

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.