Our Packaging and Recycling Guide

At Simply Living we strive to source recyclable or compostable products in order to minimise rubbish going into landfill.

Loose fill chips

Made in New Zealand from sustainable and renewable materials, expanded starch or pop starch is 100% compostable and biodegradable. It will biodegrade when exposed to any environment containing bacteria and moisture, this can be above or below ground. So you can throw it on the lawn or in the compost bin.
Almost completely dissolves in water in hours, what is left biodegrades.
Can be composted with organic waste including food waste to produce fertile humus in a few weeks, depending on temperature, moisture level and micro-organisms in compost.
Certified to American Standards ASTM D6400 - Compostable. ASTM D7081 - Biodegradable and Nontoxic in the Marine Environment.

Brown wrapping paper and tissue 

Both are FSC certified and  can  be  composted  or  added  to  your  kerbside   cardboard and paper recycling. 
The honeycomb wrapping paper is GEAMI EcoWrap and is naturally biodegradable and compostable and made from sustainable forests.

    Gift box 

    Can be added to your kerbside cardboard and  paper  recycling  or  reused. It  would  make  a  great storage box.

    Gift box outer sleeve

    Is made from FSC certified paper and can be added to your kerbside cardboard and paper recycling.

    Courier bag

    The bag is plant based and can be composted at home or in commercial facilities once all labels and adhesives are removed. They have both the Australian Bioplastic Association AS4736-2006 certification (industrial/commercial) Australian Bioplastic Association AS5810-2010 (home) and the European EN13432-2000 (home and industrial) certification.  

    Please remove all courier ticket labels and the non toxic adhesive glue strip prior to composting it cannot be added to plastics recycling as it is not plastics.

    How long will they take to decompose in the compost pile?

    Under the AS4736-2006 certification (commercial) and EN13432-2000 the compostable bags are required to meet the following requirements:

    • minimum biodegradation of 90% of the bioplastic / materials within 180 days compost
    • minimum of 90% of the bioplastic / materials should disintegrate into less than 2mm pieces in compost within 12 weeks 
    • no toxic effect of the resulting compost on plants and earthworms
    • hazardous substances such as heavy metals should not be present above the maximum allowed level

      That means that 90 percent or more of the plastic material will have been converted to Carbon Dioxide. The remaining share is converted into water and biomass, which no longer contains any plastic. These timeframe in which the bags will breakdown is dependent on many factors such as moisture and constant temperature - this is more variable in a home composting situation versus a commercial facility. 

      What are your compostable courier bags made from?

      The compostable courier bags are made from cornstarch PLA (A renewable and sustainable resource as they can grow and be harvested in one season) and other biodegradable materials such as PBAT (a biodegradable thermoplastic). Producing a bag with 100% PLA would be too brittle and difficult to compost so be cautious when others claim this fact. 
      As you read above, PLA and PBAT are internationally recognised as biodegradable and compostable - leaving behind no toxic residues when composted.    

      FSC Paper Products

      Most of our printed materials including the box sleeve and 'Crafters Cards' (excluding labels) are made from FSC certified paper. FSC stands for the  Forest Stewardship Council. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) helps take care of forests and the people and wildlife who call them home. 

      FSC is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. For more information see https://ic.fsc.org/en

      We are always looking for new and innovative packaging products, if you have any ideas you'd like to pass on please use our 'Contact Us' page.


      Thank you from the Simply Living team