How to compost your Compostable Mailers

Compostable packaging has begun to receive a lot of attention for its outstanding qualities. However, there is still a lack of awareness or knowledge about compostable packaging or what to do with compostable packaging. We’re seeing many companies adopting the new compostable packaging materials (including Newpack), whether in the form of cups, forks, take-out food containers, or mailers. It’s great to see this, and it’s a fantastic example of a step in the right direction for a promising future. The most exciting part is that the consumers who buy these products also have a role to play.

What does Compostable mean?

Composting is the natural process that allows organic matter to decay and turn into compost. You can collect your kitchen waste and create a small compost pile, which could turn into useful fertilizer for the kitchen garden. This can be done in your backyard—or even in compost containers as some creative people have come up with ways to compost in small apartments. Compostable packaging would mean that the materials can decompose into nutrient-rich soil within a certain period in a home-compost bin.

So what are biodegradable products? Aren’t they the same thing?

The answer to this is yes – the compost breaks down into the earth but adds nutrients to the soil while doing so. The term ‘biodegradable’ sets no limit on how long the process of decomposition takes. Even a regular plastic-made poly mailer is biodegradable – but the whole process of decomposition can take hundreds of years! Compostable packaging is different in that way. The waste material breaks down into natural elements within a very short period in a proper compost setting faster than ‘biodegradable’ products. Compostable packaging is also considered sustainable packaging because it releases no harmful residues as the materials break down. In short, everything composable is biodegradable, but everything biodegradable is not compostable.

What are Compostable Mailers?

Compostable mailers are the replacements of the old plastic mailers with new plant-based mailers. Poly mailers are efficient shipping mailers that protect your products from weather conditions and during transit from the factory to the customer. However, unlike poly mailers, these compostable mailers are made from plant-based materials such as PLA and a certified compostable material called PBAT. So a big no-no for plastic!
These tear-resistant shipping bags are made out of 100% corn-based polymers. This makes them easily compostable in a home or industrial compost heap. This creates an opportunity for a circular economy where sustainable packaging materials can be disposed of by the users for alternative uses without harming the environment.
It will only take about 6 months to completely break down and decompose in your very own backyard or compost bin. They are also durable, stretchable & water-proof. It distributes weight evenly, prevents tear & weather protection for shipping in all climate conditions. It releases no harmful residues while composting.

So how exactly do you decompose them?

The best thing about a compostable mailer is that it’s a mailer that can be reused. If the mailer’s condition is good, you can use it for another package before you think about composting it. All you may have to do is remove or cover any shipping labels and seal it with eco-friendly tape to reuse it. By doing this, you just saved yourself the cost of a new bag and gave this one a second life. After one or more usage, once you’re sure that your bag has reached the end of its life, here’s how you can compost it.
At the time of its final disposal, you will need to remove all the shipping labels, stickers, and adhesives from your package, and that’s about it – you’re ready to compost now! Just drop the bag in your compost bin or heap if you have one in your backyard alongside your other bio-waste. It will take about 180 days to break down into the soil. Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy!
Don’t worry if you haven’t started composting at home yet, or you don’t have a home compost facility. You can find plenty of places around the neighbourhood to drop your mailer bag, simply search on the internet for ‘composting facilities’ around you. Sometimes you can find pick-up services, or otherwise, you can find a convenient location to drop off your compost. Trust the process – it’s easier than you think!
Last but not least, the role of the consumer is key to participate in this drive for sustainability as without their usage and conscious efforts to dispose of the used mailers for composting, the whole idea would be rendered moot.
Newpack is committed for this, are you? Start using the compostable mailers and go green!!

packaging advantage with newpack

Packaging Advantage With NewPack

Think packaging, think of us!

Earlier, the packaging did not have much importance, and people saw it as nothing more than just a necessity.
Then what is it that made packaging so important now? “Change!” Times changed, people’s perceptions changed; customers’ expectations increased. Nowadays, packaging is referred to as the silent salesman, i.e., product packaging can play a pivotal role in the selling process.

George Bernard Shaw once said,
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
Newpack is all about change and adaptability. Every day the team focuses on the company’s vision, understands the dynamic trends, prepares business for future generations, and works towards the mission.
While selecting a packaging material, it is vital to understand all the features of the packaging for your products’ safety. The packaging material should provide you with ease of carrying, transporting, storage, reliability, durability and also save your postage cost. Some of the basic features of the packaging materials, such as strength, flexibility, capacity, and protective capability, determine whether the packaging is suitable for the product or not.

The numerous choices available for packaging and the types of boxes to choose from often make it challenging to select your products’ ideal packaging solution.

Let’s look at some of the different packaging options Newpack offers, enhancing your products and customer experiences!

Most business enterprises require Moving Boxes and Shipping Boxes. Newpack offers the best quality, moving, and shipping boxes for packing products with superior protection and aesthetic value. These boxes are widely appreciated in Australia for their high bonding strength. They are the first choice of transportation for export and import of products worldwide, and they’re also useful in offices and retail business. Mailing boxes are another type of corrugated box that perfectly serves as courier packages and direct packaging for your products. The boxes are constructed from durable cardboard for strength and durability. It is easy to assemble with its inter-locking flaps. At Newpack, we have a variety of sizes of mailing boxes for the customers to choose from. There is not much of a visible difference between these three corrugated boxes, but each type of box is used for a specific purpose.

Now there are countless other packaging products to keep in mind while going through the process of packaging. One of them is Poly Mailers, which gained a lot of popularity in the e-commerce world. They are self-sealing bags with adhesive strips. Poly mailers are a standard packaging option nowadays because they can protect certain products at a much lower cost than corrugated cardboard packaging. The wide range of Poly mailers provided by Newpack is waterproof, flexible and tear-resistant, sturdy, eco-friendly bags designed to ship your products.

During packaging and shipping, certain products require extra care and attention. In such cases, Newpack would suggest Bubble Mailers and Bubble Pouch Bags to its customers. If you’re looking for a safe and effective way to ship fragile items without spending a lot, then these two products are the best options for you. Newpack makes sure to provide the best quality and maximum protection to the products during transit. Bubble mailers and pouch bags offered by Newpack provide excellent protection against jolting, vibration, shock, and abrasion. These easy-to-use and self-adhesive pouch bags are waterproof and lightweight, reducing the postage cost.

Now very often, extra care and precaution need to be taken for specific products. The products are first placed in bubble pouches and then carefully wrapped around by a plastic wrap, also known as Pallet Wrap or Shrink wrap. At Newpack, we supply first-class wrap rolls, which are great for moving, shipping, and storage. The wraps protect the products from dust, moisture, and its sticky property resists theft and breakage.

Indeed, the list doesn’t end here, there are many other packaging materials, but the most important of all is the Packing Tape, without which all of it would seem redundant. Tapes have an essential role in keeping the boxes well-bonded and intact on all sides. Newpack offers an extensive range of high-quality Virgin BOPP film with superior acrylic water-based adhesive. Our tapes have excellent adhesion and can withstand high temperatures and pressure. They provide additional protection to packages to seal them effectively and keep them intact to withstand rough handling during transit.

Newpack values its customers and tries to understand what’s best for them. Our motto keeps us going forward and helps us reach many milestones; customers’ success is our success.

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