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

in class we are talking about woolworths United Kingdom in home delivery problem, Woolworths has manufactured a commercial saying that how delivery groceries will be delivered in eco bags: environmental bags nevertheless the truth is that the groceries will be delivered to clients and bagged twice above in plastic bags. i want the writer to write about the disadvantages and advantages:(negative and positive about if Woolworths retain delivering in plastic bags and the negative and positive if they do as they said transport groceries in environmental bags. and what are the substitute for instance what Coles or international companies like Woolworths are doing? I need the writer to write about only on the delivery process.

In the close future, Frances' plan is simple. She hopes to come by another community to assist her manufacture more masks to meet her clients' demand. She's also planning to fulfil her rejected thesis proposal of creating a line of eco-friendly bags, utilising abaca, of course.

Our eco-friendly, UK compostable, sustainable and biodegradable bags will decompose when bacteria or other living organisms acting on them. Home compostable bags can be composted along with your garden waste, and sometimes food waste (depending on local kerbside assortments) and will degrade quite fast.

Reinforcing steel also requirements to be protected from pollution. This normally means only not storing it on the ground. A small rust on the surface does not damage the steel—as a matter of fact a few research recommends that slightly rusted surfaces provide better stick. Fiber reinforcement typically comes in toss-in degradable bags.

Q&A: Some biodegradable bags survive years in water, underground

But the iconic picture which a few of your listeners may have seen on social media in the last couple of days were the biodegradable bags, the oxo-biodegradable bags and the normal bags. [Those] were all intact after three years in the marine environment and could still grasp two kilos of groceries.

The future of compostable packaging is bright

2. Outreach and Education: Localities, composters, non-profits and compostable packaging manufacturers and emblems can all assist reply these critical questions:

5 Biodegradable Packaging Options

Plantable packages were created with such a goal in mind. This form of biodegradable packaging is manufactured with seeds embedded in the material, allowing consumers to bury the product container in the ground. Instead of creating more harmful waste, a plant is born. This innovative view could change the method we see at discarding packages.

Global Food Biodegradable Packaging Market Research Report 2018

Global Food Biodegradable Packaging Market Research Report 2018 report is published on January 28, 2018 and has 162 pages in it. This market research report provides information about Packaging, Industry & Manufacturing industry. It covers Global regional market data and forecasts. It is priced starting at USD 2,850.00 for Single User License (PDF) which enables one person to use this report.

At Lamington we share your concerns about the effect on the environment with single-use plastic bags. Unfortunately we can not send out orders in paperas we need to retain your purchase safe in all weather conditions. Lamington are excited to announce they are phasing out their plastic courier bags and movingto 100% decompostable corn starch bags. Simply remove the sticky address label and pop your courier bag into your compost bin. We expect to be utilising only decompostable bags bySeptember 2018.

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.