At Imparfaite, eco-responsibility is at the heart of everything we do. We are fighting hand in hand with the platform's partner sellers for a fashion world more respectful of the planet.
This is why we have developed biosourced and biodegradable bags that we make available to Imparfaite's seller partners who wish them, to send you your treasures in the best possible conditions, while respecting our beautiful planet.
What are the advantages of our biosourced sachets?
#1 No fossil material were during production (oil and gas which represents 90% of conventional plastic material and 6% of global consumption according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation)
#2 The production phase emits less greenhouse gases
#3 It naturally decomposes into organic matter in the environment, and therefore preserves natural environments (the oceans today contain more than 150 million tonnes of plastic waste..)
What does biosourced mean?
Biosourced means made from biological resources. These sachets are made from corn starch. In other words, it’s cornstarch, this famous product that we use to make pasta, prepare desserts or thicken soups!
Furthermore, the printing of our sachets is done without surface treatment, by flexographic printing with solvent inks which leave no residue because the alcohol used also comes from natural resources (phytoplankton and lychee fruit).
Biodegradable means that this sachet can be broken down by the action of micro-organisms (bacteria, fungi, algae, earthworms, etc.). The result is the formation of water, carbon dioxide and/or methane, and by-products (residues, new biomass) that are non-toxic to the environment.
Be careful, although it is biodegradable, it is nevertheless imperative not to abandon it in nature. Certainly its degradation time is drastically shortened compared to that of a traditional plastic bag, but it will not biodegrade instantly and will have plenty of time to have harmful effects on the environment, in particular on birds and birds. Marine animals.
How to get rid of it?
#1 Throw them in the household waste bin (and not in the recycled bin).
These bags will then follow the same path as your classic organic waste (apple peels, etc.) and will not leave any residue harmful to the planet.
#2 Compost them industrially
These bags are “OK compost Industrial” certified. They are therefore industrially compostable but not domestically. Today France is a bad student in Europe since our separate collection rate is 5.8% (compared to Germany 60% or Austria 80%! source: ADEME 2013). So we have a long way to go….
The implementation of a source sorting system for biowaste must be widespread in France by 2025 according to the law relating to the energy transition for green growth. This law provides for “the development of sorting at source of organic waste, until its generalization for all waste producers before 2025, so that each citizen has at their disposal a solution allowing them not to throw their bio-waste in the garbage residual household waste, so that these are no longer eliminated, but valued”.
#3 Reuse them obviously!
Where are they produced?
In Poland, EU country. which therefore respects the working conditions of European law. Furthermore, these bags are transported by truck to our Parisian Workshop.
Does the corn used to make the bags come from food agriculture?
No! These bags are mainly made from agricultural or agri-food residues, precisely so as not to compete with agricultural land intended for human or animal food.
Bioplastics currently represent 0.020% of the total area of agricultural land (Sources: European Bioplastics (2018), FAO Stats (2014), nova-Institut (2018), and Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (2016))
Furthermore, a study carried out in 2010 by OWS, a Belgian laboratory specializing in the evaluation of biodegradability and compostability, concluded that if 10% of plastics on the market were biosourced plastics, this would only mobilize 0.54%. of the usable agricultural area of Europe. However, today, plastics of biological origin represent only 1% of plastics.
(1) Ellen MacArthur Foundation, For a new plastics economy, report presented to the World Economic Forum in 2016.
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