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Our Products

We sell biodegradable packaging for food. It lasts as long as it’s needed – not longer.

  • All our products are made from plant raw materials.
  • Biodegradable packaging is completely compostable.
  • Use biodegradable packaging to achieve zero waste.
  • Plant materials are renewable, sustainable and have a lower environmental footprint.
  • Plant materials are natural and non- toxic, so are our products.
  • No8 Brown Kraft Bag – 500 Units

    R245.61
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  • Med Shopper Brown Kraftbag 62gsm – 250 Units

    R476.65 incl. VAT
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  • Hot Dog Bag Brown Kraft – 500 Units

    R150.31 incl. VAT
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  • French Loaf Bag Brown Kraft – 500 Units

    R232.02 incl. VAT
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  • 250ml Compostable Paper Cup Black Lid

    R45.08R901.60 incl. VAT
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  • 350ml Compostable Paper Cup Black Lid

    R53.36R1,067.20 incl. VAT
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  • 350ml Compostable Paper Cup Lid

    R66.52R1,330.32 incl. VAT
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  • 350ml Double Wall G-Cup

    R850
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  • Bamboo Skewer Golf 15cm – 100 Units

    R19.31 incl. VAT
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  • Bamboo Skewer Golf 18cm – 100 Units

    R20.33 incl. VAT
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  • Bamboo Skewer Ribbon 10.5cm – 100 units

    R21.03 incl. VAT
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  • Bamboo Skewer Ribbon 6cm – 100 Units

    R19.44 incl. VAT
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  • 700ml Compostable Clear PLA Lid

    R305.66R1,223.64 incl. VAT
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  • 700ml Compostable Clear PLA Bowl

    R457.98R1,829.91 incl. VAT
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  • 350ml Clear Compostable PLA Bowl

    R110.96R2,207.19 incl. VAT
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  • 350ml Clear Compostable PLA Lid

    R64.56R1,287.19 incl. VAT
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Our Products

We sell biodegradable packaging for food. It lasts as long as it’s needed – not longer.

  • All our products are made from plant raw materials.
  • Biodegradable packaging is completely compostable.
  • Use biodegradable packaging to achieve zero waste.
  • Plant materials are renewable, sustainable and have a lower environmental footprint.
  • Plant materials are natural and non- toxic, so are our products.

Latest News

Saving the Planet one Cup at a Time?

Saving the Planet One Cup at a Time? Not exactly. GREEN HOME does not propose to save you or the planet. But we do believe that some things are better for the planet than others. And we can save you from using an incredible amount of single use plastic and other non-recyclable waste. The Simple Core Strategy at the Heart of What we do I have a simple core strategy for packaging based on the waste hierarchy. You may have heard of the 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Or perhaps the 4 or 5 or 6 Rs: Rethink, Redesign, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Rot…. It does get a bit RRRRidiculous. But, when it comes to packaging, here’s what we believe in a nutshell: Reusable is always first prize If it has to be disposable make sure it’s made from plants and is 100% biodegradable In an ideal world we’d be issued a reusable cutlery set at birth – a cup, plate, knife, fork and spoon. We’d carry these around with us in a cloth bag and reuse them from breakfast through dinner each day. Right? At least this is what I did last year for Plastic Free July, and I think it’s what Cassandra (GREEN HOME’S Environmental Researcher) has been doing for the last 5 years. And then there’s Bea Johnson, mother of the zero waste movement herself, who has been living (almost) waste free for 10 years. However, it may be a bit much for the rest of us. Single Use Should be Short Lived If sustainability isn’t your core focus or career, we can’t ignore the need for convenience when it comes to eating on the go. Single use is a thing. And that’s where we come in. The wastefulness of making packaging that lasts forever for food that’s eaten in several minutes does not need to be elaborated on here. You’re better than that. So I’ll get to the point. Packaging should not last longer than necessary. All GREEN HOME plant-based food packaging breaks down in anything from 3 weeks to 6 months in a composting environment depending on the conditions. Outside of a composting environment… Well, that will depend on the environment of course. But ultimately all GREEN HOME packaging is made from organic material and will always break down into organic material – just like all those food scraps from your kitchen. We have a lot to say about the trials we’ve run composting our products in different composting environments, as well as the many composters that we can refer you to, to ensure you compost all your organic waste, like all good citizens should. You can read more on that in some of the other articles on this blog. For now, my message is keep your take away food packaging options simple. If it has to be disposable make sure it’s made from plants and is biodegradable. Till next time, be good to each other. Catherine

GREEN HOME Gives Training at the Event Greening Forum Workshop

GREEN HOME’S MD, Catherine Morris, was honoured to be invited to speak at the Event Greening Forum Training Workshop held at the Century City Convention Centre on 21 January. As a poineer of greening the food industry in SA, Catherine was asked to talk about the importance of incorporating sustainability into the procurement process of events. The Event Greening Forum (EGF) is a non-profit organisation that aims to promote sustainability within the South African events sector. Annually they hold Event Greening Training workshops around the country in partnership with SA Tourism. This year they provided a comprehensive introduction to event greening by focusing on three topics: Greening your exop stand, Measuring the impact of an event, and Procurement. The Need for Event Greening and the Sustainability Trend Justin Hawes, co-founder of EGF, highlighted the fact that the combined elements involved in putting on an event – including transport, catering and materials – make it one of the most wasteful industries around. Grace Stead, also co-founder of EGF, explained that sustainability is rapidly becoming a common strategic goal regardless of the sector and events need to ensure they are keeping up with the trend. She spoke of the need for green events to balance the interests of the client with those of the community and the environment, in the most economically responsible manner. And she highlighted the importance of measuring the impact of events, because if it can be measured it can be managed. In her talk, Grace provide an excellent framework for how to do this. Circular Systems and Thinking Cathering described how we currently operate in a predominantly linear, Take-Make-Dispose model, in the events industry and otherwise. Businesses and individuals subscribe to a throw-away mentality leading to a depletion of resources and an ever-expanding waste problem. When it comes to events, here in South Africa, we have real, practical solutions for the potentially huge waste problem that events can create. The solution, as outlined by Cathering, is to move to circular, closed-loop systems and thinking. Within a circular system waste becomes a resource that can be used as a raw material in the same system. For events, a great example is using compostable food packaging instead of plastic and polystyrene alternatives. It doesn’t stop there though, events need to ensure that the products and materials are disposed of correctly. GREEN HOME works closely with the likes of Postwink, who provide bins to separate waste at source, and Y-Waste, who collect and compost organic waste and provide recycling solutions. The right partners are essential. Lastly, Catherine suggests that because sustainability is such a growing consumer and corporate trend, it’s important to realize the full return on investment from the implementation of a circular procurement and supplier policy. This can be done by ensuring your marketing team is promoting your efforts so that your potential target market is aware of what you are doing.

Compostables are Not the Alternative. Plastic is.

Compostable packaging is often described as an alternative to plastic. Indeed, at GREEN HOME, we’ve often used this description ourselves over the years. But, are compostables the real alternative here? We don’t think so. Compostable packaging is made from plants. And there is nothing ‘alternative’ about plants. Plants have been on Earth for hundreds of millions of years. They’re responsible for our oxygen-rich atmosphere. And they turn sunlight into energy to feed the planet. And they do all this while creating habitat and shade and making Earth beautiful. Just your basic, average, superheroes. Also – crucially – plants are biodegradable. They’ve been successfully living in a circular, waste-free cycle for millions of years. Plastic, on the other hand, is new to our planet. Made from fossil fuels – coal, oil and fracked gas – it’s only been widely used for the past 70 years. And, of course, it’s intentionally designed to NOT biodegrade. Because it doesn’t biodegrade, plastic follows a linear, waste-generating life-span. This puts it out of sync with the natural world. And by ignoring the bigger picture, plastic is causing widespread harm. This is in sharp contrast to the circular, waste-free cycle followed by plants. Plant materials are aligned with Earth’s natural cycles of growth and decay. They have a proven track record spanning millions of years and are natural and non toxic. We think this makes them the obvious choice for packaging materials. Anything else is a poor alternative.      

GREEN HOME is a carbon neutral company. To see our offset certificate click here.