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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

Compost Trial With Joraform

Last month we partnered with Joraform to test our products in one of their in-vessel compost machines, the Jora 400, at La Cuccina in Hout Bay. La Cuccina have recently acquired a Jora 400 to turn their food waste into nutrient rich compost on-site. They were happy for us to see how our biodegradable food packaging broke down mixed in with their food waste. We tested a wide range of products, including Sugarcane Containers, Hot Cups & Lids, Cold Cups & Lids, Wooden & CPLA Cutlery, Deli Bowls, Sandwich Wedges, Boats and Bioplastic Bags, Stuart Lindley from Joraform ensured that we added our samples at the right time, when the food waste was in the early stages of breaking down. At this stage the microbial activity generates good heat which speeds up the composting process. The Jora 400 is well insulated, keeping the heat inside. This results in large-scale composting temperatures of 50 – 75°C on a small scale.  When we opened the hatch steam poured out, fogging up our glasses and product samples. Martin and the Jora 400 with our products inside at the start of the trial. Martin manages the composting at La Cuccina.  These composting conditions are great for composting PLA bioplastic products. These products begin breaking down quickly when exposed to composting temperatures of 50°C and above. We placed 29 PLA samples in the Jora, and all of them had completely broken down by the end of the trial, less than 4 weeks later. In fact, to our surprise, we could find only a few pieces of them only 1 week into the trial. The rest of our products also broke down well. The trial lasted 26 days, which is very short for a compost trial. But the Jora 400 works fast, and almost everything was gone. We found 5 products remaining out of a total 44 at the end. These products were sugarcane, wood cellulose and wood-based. They looked like they would break down fully in another one to three weeks. See some pics below. Above are some of the products that we found at the end of the trial (on the Right), and the same products one week into the trial (on the Left). All of them had softened considerably and were breaking down well but needed a little more time.  We are very excited to have finally tested our products in one of the Joraform in-vessel compost machines, and are extremely pleased with the results. We will be testing more products in one of their large machines, the JK 5100, soon. So stay posted for those results.

Do Earthworms eat Compostable Packaging? (Part 2)

You may remember that last year we went looking for answers to the question: ‘Do Earthworms eat Compostable Packaging?‘ We were assisted by avid worm farmer, Luke Beart, who was composting some of our products in earth farms on behalf of the good people at LexisNexis. Luke uses Red Wigglers, or Eisenia Fetida composting earthworms, to turn organic waste into high-quality, nutrient rich soil. We learned that the earthworms were happily munching our Hot Cups and Sugarcane Bowls. And that while the worms could eat the thin layer of PLA that line our Hot Cups, our thicker PLA* Cold Cups proved too much for them. This got us thinking about how the worms would manage some of our other products. Happily, Luke agreed to do some more testing. So, we fed the worms some more of our compostables:   A Kraft Deli Box, a Paper Straw, a Coffee Cup Lid, a PLA Bag, a Wood Cellulose bag, a Wooden Boat, a Wooden spoon and a Muffin Cup. How did these products go down with the worms? They ate the paper and board products (deli box, straw and muffin cup) first. The wood cellulose clear bioplastic bag also disappeared after some time. These bags soften when continually in moist conditions, making them easier for worms to eat. But the worms didn’t eat the PLA* bag (which looks exactly the same as the wood cellulose bag). Most likely because these don’t soften. The coffee cup lid is also made from PLA, and wasn’t eaten either. The wooden products (boat and spoon) broke down at a slower rate than the paper products. They are more dense and woody, but once they’ve softened up the worms are able to digest them. The final verdict? Earthworms do eat compostable packaging! Almost all of our products, including our wood cellulose bioplastic clear bags. But when it comes to PLA bioplastic, they’ll only eat very thin layers – don’t feed them anything thicker than a Hot Cup. We were excited to see these results. It’s great to know most of our products break down in worm farms. We also weren’t too surprised that thicker PLA isn’t suitable. We know that it works very well in in-vessel compost machines and large-scale composting, where conditions allow microbial activity to create temperatures reach above 50°C. Read this blog post, and this one too, if you’d like to learn more. If you’re wanting to do some worm farming of your own, you can contact Luke at lukebeart@gmail.com or 078 502 9450 to buy worm farms. Available in both Cape Town and Johannesburg *PLA is a plant-based and compostable bioplastic made from corn starch.   

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