Hey thanks! If you’ve navigated your way to this page, then you’re well on your way to being an earth saving hero. Here’s our recommendations on what to do with your empty packaging.
Reuse, Reuse, Reuse
Re-using your packaging and equipment can reduce the need for new raw materials, saves energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, saves money and reduces waste. We’d be super happy knowing you take this option, but, when it needs to be moved on, here’s some options for you.
All of these items can be broken down in your home compost or worm farm containing heat, water, oxygen, soil and micro-organisms. No need to remove the compostable stickers but we recommend cutting the packaging into small pieces.
- Compostable pouch
- String tie box, kraft gin kit box and mailer box
- Hemp filter
- Hemp string
- String tie labels and thank you card
- Wood wool
- Corrugated green-wrap
The compost certification of our pouches is described on our eco-conscious packing page. Compost trials have shown that the black Econic bags can break down into small fragments in as little as 16 weeks, however, the rate of breakdown will vary depending on the compost environment, temperature and humidity. We’re currently running trials on the compost rate of the kraft compostable pouches and will keep you updated. The pouches can also be disposed of in a commercial composting facility if you have one in your area, but it’s best to check if your commercial facility accepts compostable packaging first.
The wood wool and cardboard could be used as pet bedding or garden mulch, and all of the items could be buried in your garden but note that they’ll break down at a slower rate than they would in a compost environment containing heat, water, oxygen, soil and micro-organisms.
The following items will be accepted by kerbside recycling collections or can be taken to your local resource recovery centre.
- String tie box, Black gin kit box, kraft gin kit box and mailer box
- Glass bottle
- String tie labels
- Corrugated green-wrap
- Instruction cards
The pouches, being composite packaging, are not recyclable.
Okay – this is the least desirable option, but hey, sometimes we have limited options. If you don’t have access to composting, then you’ll be relieved to know that the compostable pouches will still break down in the landfill way faster than conventional plastic pouches.