Quality Printed Carrier Bags
Fully compostable bags made from potato starch!
Are you looking for a plastic-free alternative for your branded carrier bags?
We are one of the first companies in the UK to use TUV certified material, along with water-based inks, which make them 100% compostable and friendly to the environment.
The bags break down in less than 3 months when placed in the correct conditions, such as a compost heap, leaving just 3 constituents - water, carbo dioxide and bio-mass.
What is the product and how is it made?
The potato starch film is plasticiser and GM free material derived from potato starch, suitable for domestic and industrial composting
How should we dispose of it?
Put into your home compost bin, or food waste caddies and green waste for collection by local authorities.
How long does it take to compost?
Typically within 360 days for home composting or within 180 days for industrial composting.
How does the process work?
The composting process starts after contact with micro-organisms, when humidity level is up to 80% and temperatures over 25°C.
Are any contaminants left behind?
At least 90% of the material will convert into CO2, the remaining share is converted into water and biomass.
What happens if it is put into landfill?
The film is not intended for landfill, although it will degrade eventually depending on conditions.
Will it dissolve in water?
No. Although pure starch is soluble, once processed the film material is not.
Does the film contain allergens?
No the film does not contain any allergens and complies with the EU 2003/89 directive. Our allergens policy provides full details and is available on request.
How should the film be stored?
Store in normal dry warehousing conditions away from direct sunlight and above freezing temperatures.
What is the minimum gauge we can buy?
20mu is the minimum and we have OK Home Compostable Certiﬁcation for ﬁlms up to 60mu.
How does the film strength compare to standard LDPE?
It has similar strength characteristics as LDPE ﬁlms at similar gauges.
Can you print on compostable ﬁlm?
Yes the ﬁlm is suitable for print, it should be noted that ink coverages must be within speciﬁed parameters. Please contact us for clariﬁcation.
Is it suitable for food use?
Veriﬁed as suitable for use in food contact applications.
What markets are you currently supplying to?
Mailing applications, produce ﬁlms, toilet tissues and pet bedding. Trials are being carried out in other markets.
Do you have any Certifications?
TUV Ok Compost Home.
BRC Accreditation – Grade AA. (Copies are available upon request).
Are there any limitations we should consider?
The film remains the responsibility of Alfaplas to end of life. Any additional processes (e.g. bag conversion/lamination etc) must be disclosed and discussed.
Please see above for ink limitations on printed ﬁlm.
Lead Time From Artwork Approval: 2-3 Weeks (Express Delivery Service Available)
Minimum Qty:Typically 1 000
Bag Colours: White
Bag Thickness: Various
Print Method: Flexographic: upto 3 Spot Colours.
Further Options: Punched Handle
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