How to Compost Our Packaging
Our packaging is derived from renewable resources such as corn starch and sugar cane which is then turned into the bio-plastic, PLA. When compared to plastic wrappers that can stay in landfills for centuries, our eco-friendly compostable packaging will break down over time and will reduce our impact on the planet when disposed of correctly.
So how do you compost our packaging?
Because PLA requires a high amount of heat to break down, the easiest solution is to take our packaging to an industrial composting facility. Click here to find a composting facility near you.
If you’d like to try to compost our packaging yourself, be mindful that most piles will not generate the consistent heat required to break it down unless given close attention, effort, and consideration.
PLA melts at 320 degrees Fahrenheit, but begins to degrade at temperatures between 111 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Many home compost tumblers can reach between 110 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit with some reaching as high as 130 degrees Fahrenheit. However, because of the small volume, these temperatures are only maintained if the compost is constantly fed and aerated.
Your average tumbler holds about 4-5 gallons per batch with larger DIY trash can composters holding around 33 gallons which can get hotter and stay hotter for longer. Without consistent temperature in a home pile or tumbler, the PLA is unlikely to complete the process of biodegradation within a reasonable amount of time.
If you are able to maintain a temperature between 130-140 degrees Fahrenheit in an aerated pile, our packaging will quickly become undetectable. Just make sure that you keep your pile below 160 degrees Fahrenheit so that the microbes responsible for thermophilic composting don’t die off!
We hope this is helpful and we appreciate you contributing to a healthier planet!
In our pursuit to constantly find the most sustainable and eco-friendly materials and practices, BAR-U-EAT will constantly reevaluate our packaging and seek out new sustainable materials as they become available