ZEMP | ECO PACKAGING

First company in South Africa and one of the first globally to use compostable satchels

Goodbye plastic. Hello compostable satchels.

Better for the environment, better for our oceans, better for tomorrow

The satchels are made from biodegradable, renewable plant material (starches such as corn husks, rice straw and wheat straw) with a man-made binding agent added for flexibility. They behave just like a plastic satchel except when left in nature.

The best bit… They have been certified for Home Composting, meaning they will be completely degraded in the natural world under composting conditions. Yip, when you’ve finished using them, just put them in with your food scraps and garden waste, and before you know it, worms will be eating them for breakfast.

Are they suitable for home compost?

YES, they can be composted at home! They will biodegrade in 3-6 months.

They are made from plants, corn to be exact, with a man-made binding agent added for flexibility.

When you’ve finished using them, just put the satchel in with your food scraps and garden waste, and before you know it, worms will be eating them for breakfast. Better for the environment, better for our oceans, a better tomorrow.

Are they made of corn?

Yup, that’s right. These satchels look like plastic and feel a bit like plastic, but they’re made from 100% biodegradable and compostable materials.

  • Corn starch (from corn not fit for consumption)
  • PLA (Polylactide, which is made from waste corn too and other plants)
  • and PBAT (Polybutyrate Adipate Terephthalate)

How long will they take to biodegrade?

Well, that will depend on the conditions they’re in. In a ‘standard’ home compost, the compostable courier satchels have been certified (AS5810 -2010) to biodegrade within 180 days, i.e.. approx 6 months. Under commercial composting conditions, it would happen much faster, and as litter (e.g. under a tree) it would happen slower, but it will happen. The Australian Standard is one of the most rigorous in the world and includes a worm toxicity test which means that our satchels are safe to be eaten by the little, pink wriggly guys.

Can they go in a worm farm?

Yes they can. Our eco-friendly packaging is certified home compostable AS 5810 which includes a worm toxicity test … and these courier satchels pass with flying colours.

Other things we do to make our packing as environmentally friendly as possible

2nd Hand Boxes – For shipments to our wholesale customers or sending large parcels to our webshop customers, we  make use of boxes that have already been in use. Recycling in the truest sense of the word.

Product Packaging – We use recycled paper sheets to stuff our leather bags with.

Swing Tags – Our swing tags are made of recycled paper and attached to your leather handbag or leather wallet with a Jute twine.

ZEMP NATURALS – Leader in Sustainability

Better for the environment, a better tomorrow!