BIO-BAGS FAQ’s

SOUTH AFRICA is in dire need to find alternatives to lower consumption of a product that will outlive us by hundreds of years, PLASTIC.

Every year, an estimated 6 billion plastic bags are consumed in South Africa.

PLANT STARCH, Biodegradable Carrier Bags, Bio-bags, should be considered as one of the REAL SOLUTIONS to PETRO-CHEMICAL based bags.

PRIME PLUS PACKAGING will be first S.A DISTRIBUTOR in collaboration with a partner company NO MORE PLASTIC, a manufacturer, to start producing these carrier bags which originated in Indonesia.

We hope to make a valuable contribution towards saving our beautiful ECOLOGY from pollution in South Africa.

BIO-BAGS.

 Degradable, Biodegradable & Compostable

Degradable: The ability to break up into smaller pieces. Degradable packaging products will not break down into their natural organic components, just smaller pieces of the original product.

Biodegradable: The prefix “bio” refers to the way in which a product will degrade, in this case, via a biological process, bacteria, fungi etc. The product will biodegrade into carbon dioxide, water and biomass from the action of naturally occurring microorganisms. Green waste is biodegradable.

Compostable: A product biodegrades within a time frame of 4 to 6 months. Green waste is compostable.

How long does it take Bio-bags compost?

The main difference between biodegradable and compostable is the amount of time it takes for a product to break down into its natural components via biological processes. Most existing international standards require biodegradation of 60% within 180 days.

According to the American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM), a plant plastic needs to meet three criteria in order to be classified compostable:

Biodegrade: Break down into carbon dioxide, water and biomass at the same rate as cellulose (paper).

Disintegrate: The material is indistinguishable in the compost.

Eco-toxicity: The biodegradation does not produce any toxic material.

Bio-polymer: made from sustainable resources, i.e bio-based raw materials and returns to nature in the form of CO2, H2O and biomass through a biodegradation process. The difference between bio-polymers and synthetic polymers is in their structures. All polymers are made of repetitive units called monomers. Bio-polymers can be sustainable, carbon neutral and renewable, because they are made from plant materials which can be grown indefinitely. Bio-polymers are biodegradable ours are also compostable.