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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.

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

GREEN HOME at the Encounter Trail and MTB Challenge in East Griqualand

The Encounter East Griqualand Country Trails and Adventure Weekend happened on the 1, 2 and 3 of November 2019. The event was in support of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, who have been doing incredible work to save wildlife and wild habitats for over 45 years. Their vision is a world in which both humans and wildlife prosper in harmony with nature. GREEN HOME donated biodegradable Hot Cups to help keep the event as green as possible, and to support the great work of the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Participants took part in trail runs and a mountain bike challenge in the beautiful terrain of the Flitwick Ranch in the Swartberg. And then watched the Springboks win the Rugby World Cup on the big screens at the event. All in all a great weekend! See below for some pics of participants relaxing and re-hydrating after the race with our donated Hot Cups. Plus, check out our cups being used as great little biodegradable plant pots. Also, click here to check out the Endangered Wildlife Trust Facebook page.        

Protecting our Oceans, one Straw at a Time – Green Home Paper Straws

There’s been a big fuss about plastic straws in recent years. And rightly so. They’re small, lightweight and end up where they don’t belong in massive numbers. They’re used briefly and then tossed, but continue to pollute environments for hundreds of years or more, with well over 8 billion estimated to be littering the worlds beaches alone. It’s easy to see why straws became the poster child for our bad plastic habits. Of course, the problem is much bigger than straws and we need to stop using all sorts of single-use plastics. But straws are an easy place to start. Firstly because we can often easily do without them altogether, and because there are good sustainable alternatives readily available. At GREEN HOME, we have always recommended paper straws as the most sustainable, widely available disposable option. Paper is marine degradable and will break down if it ends up in river and ocean environments, which straws frequently do. Quality Matters – not all Straws are Created Equal Currently, in our mad rush to ditch plastic straws, a lot of alternatives are entering the market. This can be confusing for consumers. Also, sadly, not all of these products are good quality, or even what they claim to be. And when it comes to paper straws, some of them fall apart or are uncomfortable to drink from. This can stop people from trusting biodegradable products, and can potentially harm, not help, the environment. So, while we recommend paper straws first, we want to add – make sure you’re getting good ones. They should be well designed and made from sustainably sourced paper. We stock paper straws that are made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper. They are sturdy and hold their shape in drinks. And they still come at a very reasonable price. We realize that paper straws are an adjustment from plastic, which are very easy to use. But that convenience comes at a high cost to wildlife and ecosystems. We can often do without straws altogether, but when they are really needed, good quality paper straws are still easy to use, and are much kinder to nature.    

Can Dump Sites Break Down Compostable Packaging?

We often get asked if our products break down in landfill. The short answer is yes, they will break down eventually. But really, nothing breaks down well in landfill, and zero waste to landfill is what we should all be aiming for. This article outlines what happens in a landfill and why we need to find a better solution. It also explains why compostables are still the way to go, even if they do end up in a landfill. A Dead End Landfill is not so much a waste management strategy as a last resort. It’s a big pile of all the things we throw out – a storage space for trash. That’s why we call it the dump. And a lot of what ends up there doesn’t belong there. Most especially organic waste. A lot of people think that all the banana peels, apple cores, left over pizza and other kitchen scraps they send to landfill simply break down into lovely soil. This is definitely not the case. Landfill has the wrong conditions for anything to break down. Any food will be sandwiched between layers of plastic, which blocks oxygen. Plus, the waste is compacted, further reducing oxygen. Under these conditions, organic waste will either not break down at all, or will slowly rot, releasing methane, a very potent greenhouse gas. Breaking the Natural Cycle Unlike old plastic packaging and toothbrushes that can’t be recycled, organic waste is part of nature and always has a purpose. It contains the building blocks of life and can be reused again, and again, and again. We interrupt this natural cycle when we send it to landfill. South Africa is also rapidly running out of landfill space. And close to 40% of the waste we send to landfill is organic. Finding environmentally friendly solutions for organics, like composting, is essential to alleviate pressure on landfills and reduce our carbon footprint. The Compostable Packaging Solution The best end of life scenario for compostable packaging is always composting. They will likely remain fairly inert in a landfill. But compostables are still the best solution, even if they don’t get composted (yet). They are made from renewable plants instead of polluting fossil fuels and are much less damaging than plastic if they end up in the environment. And they are a major step towards bringing our human systems into sync with nature’s cycles and systems. Diverting organic waste (and indeed all waste) from landfills won’t happen overnight, but it must happen. We simply can’t keep creating mountains of trash.

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