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Packaging that’s Good for the Ground

Good for the Ground 30 micron bags are made from PLA (Polylactic Acid), a polymer derived from starch. This starch is derived from corn, sugar cane, straw or wood, all annually renewable resources.

Unlike conventional packaging film, Good for the Ground bags are not made from petroleum, a finite fossil. In fact the whole production process reduces the use of fossil fuels. PLA film is derived from annually renewable resource, plant material, which gets its energy from the sun and carbon dioxide, from the air.

The film is produced in France and imported into South Africa where the bags are made. The sleeves, sleeve design, packing and distribution is all done in South Africa so this is a 90% proudly South African product.

PLA is fully compostable. In a correctly managed composting conditions (at 58ºC) PLA turns into water, and carbon dioxide, in just 45 days. PLA degrades twice as fast as newspaper and three times as fast as regenerated cellulose film and wood. Conventional petroleum-based plastics do not decompose at all. While CO2 is emitted during breakdown this is partially offset by the CO2 removed by the growth of the starch ingredient used to make PLA.

Waste management is part of our everyday life and Good for the Ground bags make this process feel less ‘wasteful’. Either put into your own compost heap, or even better encourage your local municipality to set up compost facility, thereby providing an alternative means of managing municipal solid waste.

Food safety
Good for the Ground bags are physiologically harmless and non-toxic to humans and animals. The film is manufactured from materials that comply with the EC lists of approved ingredients, the US FDA food contact regulations and the food contact regulations of most countries around the world where such regulations are in force.

Good for the ground bags come in a variety of customisable sizes and are an attractive packaging alternative with attractive properties:

  • can be used in freezer
  • transparency and surface gloss
  • water vapour permeability to keep bread and pastries crisp
  • can be heat sealed
  • can extend the shelf life of fresh products by several days
  • resistant to oil, fat and alcohol
  • crisp character of bags adds to freshness impression
  • ‘breathability’ for keeping salads fresh
  • aroma barrier keeps taste in
  • dead-fold properties make it easy to seal
  • good twistability for wrapping sweets
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