The Compostable Kitchen Guide

You asked, and we delivered. We’ve just launched our newest collection: The Compostable Kitchen! One of the most requested collections to date!

You’ve read that right. The eco-kitchen of your dreams is here! 

 

You can browse the collection by clicking here, but if you're interested in learning more about a few of our collection highlights, keep reading. 

 

What does compostable mean?

Compostable means that a product is capable of disintegrating into natural elements in a compost environment, leaving no toxicity in the soil.

The primary difference between compostable and biodegradable is that biodegradable products require a specific setting in order to break down, whereas compostable products break down naturally. 

Yes, biodegradable is better than non-biodegradable (I'm looking at you plastic!) but beware, biodegradable can be a loose term and in some cases - straight up greenwashing. Eeek. 

Rather than relying on a specific facility processing and conditioning, compostable products can break down naturally.

The holy grail of terms though is "home compostable". This means you can use it it in your home compost; it is so naturally structured that it will just break down under any circumstance.  

All our mailer bags, brushes, loofah sponges and bin bags and liners are all 100% home compostable. 

 

Plastic Products VS Plant Based

Regular plastic packaging can't be recycled. Plastic debris poses a huge threat to our ecosystem and cause harm to wildlife.

Our plant-based products are made from renewable, lower carbon or recycled materials. They are compostable and don't contribute to landfill. 

 

Regular Garbage Bags VS Compostable Garbage Bags

DID YOU KNOW it can take anything between 20-1000 years for a plastic bag to break down? Even then, it may leave polymers and toxic chemicals behind. Yikes!

Australia uses 6.9 billion plastic bags a year. If each Australian family used 1 less plastic bag each week that would be 253 million bags less a year. 

Less than 1% of plastic bags in Australia are reused.

Our compostable Bin Liners (NOT A PLASTIC BAG!) make you an earth-saving hero! By using these bags, you are helping to keep that nasty plastic stuff out of the earth. 

Our bags are certified home compostable and 100% biodegradable.....Oh, and printed using soy based ink!

Did you know most "eco" bin liners, are still not compostable? No thank you!

Single-use traditional plastic bags have an average life span of 12 minutes, and worldwide we are using 2 million of these every sixty seconds.

 

Regular Kitchen Sponges/Scourer VS Compostable Sponges/Loofahs

Your typical grocery-store kitchen sponge is made from polyurethane, a petroleum-based material that CAN’T be recycled or composted. Even worse, some sponges billing themselves as antibacterial are soaked with triclosan, a chemical linked with liver and thyroid issues.

Perhaps most horrifying of all is that plastic-based scourers shed tiny pieces of microplastic down the drain with every use, which eventually end up in our oceans to be ingested by marine life.

A better alternative is a cellulose sponge which is made from natural plant or wood fibres. These decompose readily without harming our planet.

Our NEW Compostable Kitchen Loofahs are made from the luffa plant which is a fast-growing annual vine, making this product a sustainable eco-friendly alternative to the conventional plastic scourer. At the end of its life, it can be added to your home compost, yesss! 

Why we love it:

  • Fully vegan & plastic free
  • Suitable for kitchens and bathrooms (or use it on your body!)
  • Home compostable
  • 7cm x 11cm each
  • 100% luffa plant-fibre with cotton string

 

Plastic Bottle of Dishwashing Liquid VS Dish Bars

Half of all plastic waste we produce comes from plastic packaging! Normally, plastic items can take up to 1,000 years to decompose in landfills. Plastic bottles can take 450 years or more! 

Our new Dish Bar is a perfect match for our new compostable kitchen range! This grime-fighting wonder bar will leave your dishes squeaky clean without cluttering your sink with an ugly plastic bottle.

The best part is that one humble little bar is equivalent to 3.5 bottles of washing up liquid! 

BONUS TIP: If you prefer liquid soap, you can crush up the dish bar with water in a jar and make your own! Take that, plastic waste! 

The Dish Bar = No fuss formula, No chemicals, Naturally. Scrub a dub! Simple, sleek, decluttered and plastic free bliss!

NOW, LET’S TALK A LITTLE ABOUT COMPOSTING:

There are a few ways to compost in the kitchen but the easiest method for collecting kitchen scraps is with a countertop container.... such as *drumroll* the new Seed & Sprout Compost Bin!

Composting never looked so stylish. Our Compost Bin has an elegant matte white finish and odour-neutralising charcoal filters in the lid to keep any food smells inside the bin and out of your kitchen.

 

A few things you can compost:

  • fruit and vegetable scraps
  • tea bags, coffee grounds (we suggest double checking that your tea bags don’t contain plastic)
  • egg shells
  • grass cuttings, prunings and leaves
  • small amounts of shredded paper and soft cardboard
  • animal hair
  • vacuum dust (from woollen carpets)
  • garden and pond plants

BONUS TIP:

Make sure you chop up any large chunks before you toss them in. Smaller pieces compost faster.

Home composting rules vary from facility composting. In the Byron Shire we are lucky to have a "green bin" where all food scraps, even citrus peels can be composted. Check your local council website for more information about what options you have. 

 

Hope you learned something new! Let us know what you think of our new collection by commenting below or reaching out on Instagram. Thank you for reading!