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Better Packaging

With the launch of our online YUSU Shop we wanted to share how we are maintaining our green impact with our new packaging. The packaging your purchase comes in has been provided by The Better Packaging Company. From the labels on your parcel, to the mailers and satchels it comes in, your packaging is 100% compostable. Don’t believe us? Find out more about our new partnership with The Better Packaging Company below. 

Who is The Better Packaging Company?

Behind The Better Packaging Co. is a team of passionate individuals determined to improve the state of the environment. Having seen firsthand the amount of plastic waste generated by the eCommerce industry, the company’s founders- Rebecca and Kate, decided to start the courier packaging. Their headquarters are in New Zealand, but through increased demand from the UK  they established a warehouse in Nottingham where they send all of their European and UK orders. 

How to ensure it’s compostable

Here’s what we’ve learnt that you need to look for when purchasing compostable packaging;

A certification symbol with a number;

The number associated with a certification symbol is the key to identifying it as legitimate as this is how the material can be verified. The Australasian Bioplastics Association (ABA) guidelines state that when a product is claiming certification, it must also have the ABA number otherwise there’s no way to trace what it is made of and therefore whether or not it’s legitimate. Compostable packaging from across Europe would include ‘EN’ followed by a number. A bag without a number is a bit like a vehicle licence plate with nothing on it!

There are no certification numbers accompanying any of the certifications this bag claims to have: AS 5810 Home, AS 4736 Industrially, and OK Home Compost.

Simple step guide for students to compost the packing including the compostable mailers, labels and bags - 

The comPOST packaging can go directly in a home compost bin with the labels on the bubble wrap will need to be commercially composted. Your satchel behaves just like a plastic satchel except when left in nature! In a home compost it will biodegrade in 3-6 months. when you’ve finished using it, just put it in your food scraps and garden waste, and before you know it, worms will be eating me for breakfast. Better for the environment, better for our oceans, a better tomorrow. 

Photo credit @betterpackagingco