Compostable and Biodegradable Products FAQ


Is it important for bio-based plastics to be recyclable?

Yes, it's important for plastics to be made in a way that can be recycled easily because it helps protect the environment. This is also in line with quotas set by laws. Manufacturers are encouraged to design their packing as sustainable as possible.

Are bio-based plastics always 100% bio-based?

Sometimes bio-based plastics are not completely made from plants. Bio-based content in these plastics can be determined by using certain standards such as CEN/TS 16137 for polymers and EN 16785-1 for products. This content is usually shown as a percentage.

Should I be Placing Single-use, Non-compostable Plastic Bags in the Recycling Bin?

As policies are different, contact your local government or recycling company to confirm whether this particle is allowed. In the recycling stream, loose plastic bags are challenging to manage and can block machinery. Single-use bags may be recycled by certain recycling firms if they are packaged tightly and knotted.  

What are Biobased Plastics?

Rather than being produced from oil or natural gas, biobased plastics are generated from plant resources. One may believe that this kind of plastic must biodegrade because it is derived from plants. Nonetheless, biobased plastics can be engineered to have the same structural integrity as petroleum-based polymers, and if this is the case, they will have an equivalent environmental shelf life. Biobased plastics can be designed to be compostable or biodegradable, just like petroleum-based plastics. 

How long will Home Compostable products take to biodegrade?

It generally depends on the plastic thickness and the home temperatures, the home compostable product can start biodegrading within 4-8 weeks and up to 1-2 years. 

What happens to Compostable Packaging in landfill?

In a landfill, compostable packaging behaves like an organic waste. If exposed to moisture and oxygen in the top layers, it will compost over time. However, if buried deep without oxygen and moisture, it will remain inert.

What is left behind after composting compostable bioplastic packaging?

After composting, the compostable bioplastic packaging results in water, CO2, and biomass, which enrich the soil. The compost is nutrient-rich, environmentally safe, and free from micro-plastic or pollutants. Our materials and finished products undergo rigorous certification to ensure their safety and compliance with standards.

What is difference between 'OK Home Compost' and 'OK Industrial Compost' ?

Here are the differences between both:(1) OK compost  INDUSTRIAL (EN13432): Materials carrying this label compost only in industrial composting facilities, where higher temperatures between 55 to 60°C facilitate the breakdown process. (2) OK compost Home: Products with this label compost at lower temperatures, making them suitable for composting in home garden compost stacks as well as industrial composting facilities.

Do you provide After-sales Service and Warranty Service?

In order to protect the rights and interests of our customers and improve your satisfaction, we provide a series of services. These services usually include after-sales consultation, product warranty, return and exchange services, etc., aiming to provide you with a better experience after purchase, thereby enhancing your trust to us and long-term cooperation.

How do These Products Help the Environment ?

In addition to other businesses and homes, the food service industry uses single-use plastics and foam products. Petroleum feedstocks, a non-renewable resource, are used to make the majority of single-use plastic and foam items. Furthermore, the majority of single-use plastics wind up in landfills. Because some of the products we sell can be recycled or composted, they lessen the quantity of single-use items that end up in landfills and our dependency on plastics.Our compostable products are better for the environment because they are sourced from annually renewable resources such as sugarcane bagasse, cornstarch, or wheat straw, and they can be composted in a commercial compost facility, where they will break down within 180 days. These facilities may not be available in all areas.

What is the Shelf Life of Compostable Packaging and How do I Store it?

Our compostable range has a shelf life of 10-12 months from the date of manufacture as standard, as the compostable polymers used are designed to structurally break down and decompose after this point.It is important to store compostable packaging in a cool, dry place, as exposure to direct heat, sunlight or moisture can reduce its shelf life. 

What advantages does this Compostable bag have over a Polyethylene bag?

Our compostable bags are made from renewable resources such as plant-based materials, reducing reliance on non-renewable petroleum-based resources used to produce polyethylene bags.Compostable bags, when broken down in a composting environment, contribute to the creation of nutrient-rich soil, supporting plant growth and soil health. Polyethylene bags do not provide any such benefits to the soil.Overall, compostable bags offer a more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to polyethylene bags, particularly for managing organic waste and reducing environmental impact.

What is the difference between Compostable and Biodegradable?

While “biodegradable”and“compostable”may appear to be synonymous terms, there are important differences. While everything that is compostable is technically biodegradable, not everything that is biodegradable is compostable because there are specific third-party standards and time frames associated with compostability that do not exist for biodegradability. This becomes particularly important when the terms are used to describe the end of life attributes of products and packaging.

What does Composting Mean?

Composting refers to the process of converting organic waste, such as food scraps and yard waste, into nutrient-rich soil amendment. This natural process involves the decomposition of organic materials by microorganisms and other organisms, resulting in the creation of compost. Composting is an environmentally friendly way to reduce waste and create a valuable resource for gardening and agriculture.