Good For The Ground Home Pack
Good for the Ground’s Biophan based packaging is produced from a non-toxic Polylactic Acid (PLA) film, which is a new, environmentally friendly thermoplastic polymer. Biophan is made from starch, which is derived from corn, sugar can, straw or wood – all annually renewable primary products and unlike conventional packaging film, it is not made from petroleum, a finite fossil fuel.
Biophan’s unique properties, such as its transparency and surface gloss, make it a genuine alternative for attractively packaging fresh produce. Its water permeability, for example, keeps bread and pastries nice and crisp. What makes Biophan particularly attractive for food retailers is that this biodegradable packaging film can extend the shelf life of fresh produce by up to several days. It also provides good dead fold and twistability and can be used in a freezer.
The product is good for the environment as it:
- uses 30-50% less fossil fuel to be produced
- uses renewable starch ingredients
- is biodegradable & compostable
- is firm, can ‘breath’, and can be used to package many things from bread to cheese
- takes only 45 days to fully decompose (under controlled composting conditions of 58C°). Once degraded it turns into carbon dioxide and water, degrading twice as fast as newspaper and three times as fast as regenerated cellulose film and wood
*Subject to availability, stock will be confirmed once order is processed.
About Good for the Ground
Unlike conventional packaging film, Good for the Ground bags are not made from petroleum, a finite fossil. In fact the whole production process reduces the use of fossil fuels. PLA film is derived from annually renewable resource, plant material, which gets its energy from the sun and carbon dioxide, from the air. The film is produced in France and imported into South Africa where the bags are made. The sleeves, sleeve design, packing and distribution is all done in South Africa so this is a 90% proudly South African product. PLA is fully compostable. In a correctly managed composting conditions (at 58ºC) PLA turns into water, and carbon dioxide, in just 45 days. PLA degrades twice as fast as newspaper and three times as fast as regenerated cellulose film and wood. Conventional petroleum-based plastics do not decompose at all. While CO2 is emitted during breakdown this is partially offset by the CO2 removed by the growth of the starch ingredient used to make PLA.