Compostable Packaging FAQs
We are so excited to be one of the first packaged food companies in the US to explore eco-friendly compostable packaging option. As we navigate the complexities of utilizing compostable packaging, we currently only offer it through direct purchases on our website and in select retailers. Our compostable packaging is clearly indicated with a compostable logo on the front of the package.
*We currently offer compostable packaging for our Sun & Swell Pantry collection only (single-ingredient products like nuts, seeds, and dried fruits).
How do I know if my bag is compostable?
If you have a compostable bag, it will have a compostable icon on the front along with wording indicating that it is compostable.
What does compostable mean?
Compostability describes material which biodegrades (breaks down) within a time-frame of 180 days under composting conditions - high humidity, high temperature and the presence of microorganisms and bacteria. The packaging can be treated like organic waste and will decompose naturally if properly composted - just like a banana peel!
How do I dispose a compostable package?
You should think of our packaging like a banana peel. Ideally, you can dispose of it in a compost bin, if you have access to one (see the next question for tips!). However, It’s important to highlight that - just like a banana peel - compostable packaging is not recyclable. If you don’t have access to composting, you should throw our packaging in a normal trash bin.
Don't have access to composting? Check out our new Send-Back program so we can help compost your bags for you!
Where do I find a compost bin?
Some larger cities have industrial compost facilities, but not all do. If your city has compost facilities, you will often find compost bins at local businesses (ie: Starbucks, Whole Foods or Universities). It Is always best to call your compost facility in advance and ask if they take compostable bags, as some only take food scraps, leaves, etc. You can locate your nearest compost facility at www.findacomposter.com.
If you don't have industrial composting available, check-out our new Send-Back program so we can help compost your bags for you!
Can I decompose of Sun & Swell packaging in home compost?
Our compostable bags will break down in an industrial compost facility within 90 days. Our packaging is approved and tested by our packaging suppliers for home composting, however, we cannot guarantee a timeline as everyone’s home compost has varying degrees of humidity, heat, and presence of bacteria/microorganisms. We are currently in the process of running our own home composting tests in various settings so we can give a clear guide on how to compost our bags at home, and dos / don'ts to ensure this is successful.
If you are looking to explore creating your own home compost - here is a helpful how to guide.
Will compostable packaging decompose in landfill?
Our compostable packaging acts just like a banana peel - and all other organic waste. Organic waste is not intended for landfill. Not only does it take up room, but it also releases methane gas.
Why is Sun & Swell transitioning to compostable packaging?
We care deeply about the impact our product has - on the health of those who consume it and also on the health of our planet. According to UN Environment, only 9% of plastic waste ever generated has been recycled, and about half of the plastic waste in the world comes from plastic packaging. Compostable food packaging is a step away from a single-use economy and a reach towards a circular economy in which all resources are regenerated for a new purpose at the end of each life stage.
How can we help make compostable packaging a better solution?
We are the first to admit that this new packaging is by no means a cure all: not everyone has access to composting and there is still a high level of ambiguity around composting in general. That being said, to us, being a responsible business means opting for the most sustainable option currently available while continuing to pursue more optimized solutions. As more companies and consumers choose compostable packaging, the more the need for compostable infrastructure and accessibility within cities will grow. Similarly, as the momentum towards sustainable packaging continues to build, the more evolved the packaging technologies will become.
What are your compostable bags made from?
The current bags we are using are made from wood pulp, and the stickers are made from sugarcane.
We’ve got answers! If you have a question that is not addressed here or need help finding your nearest compost drop location, shoot us an email: email@example.com