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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

We’re Giving to Yiza Ekhaya this Season. Join us!

“There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to helping others without expecting anything in return” – Nelson Mandela Have you heard of the Yiza Ekhaya Soup Kitchen? This fantastic charity is run by the incredibly warm hearted Mama Mickey in her Kuyasa community in Khayelitsha. Mama Mickey is a pensioner, but she works tirelessly with her team of volunteers to feed, clothe, inspire and create a safe space for hundreds of children as well as vulnerable adults. As 2019 draws to a close we’re giving to the children of Yiza Ekhaya and we’re hoping you’ll join us! We’ll be donating brand new school shirts to all the children that Mickey cares for. We’re happy to know they’ll have what they need to start the school year right in 2020. You can contribute by donating clothes, toiletries, stationary, books, non perishable food etc. Maybe see if there are any items going unused on your shelves. Perhaps a piece of clothing, a bottle of shampoo, even a can of baked beans. Below you can find a list of items that Mickey has asked for! If you have something to give, please drop it off at our Joburg and Cape Town offices by next Friday 13 December. We’ll be visiting Yiza Ekhaya on 17 December (the day after the Day of Reconciliation public holiday) to visit Mickey and the kids and drop off all the goodies. We are collecting the following items that Mickey has asked for: Toiletries Stationary Arts and Crafts Clothes for children and adults Books Non perishable food White school shirts from Ackermans / Pep sizes 7 to 15 If however, you’re not in Joburg or Cape Town or you’re unable to drop something off for any other reason – and you’d still like to support Mickey and her incredible work – you can easily make donations via the website page here. All contributions are welcome and gratefully received.

Bagasse – Natural Biodegradable Food Packaging

Have you been hearing the word ‘bagasse’ lately, and wondering what it’s all about? Bagasse is the hot topic in biodegradable food packaging; a natural, eco-friendly alternative to polystyrene. Expanded polystyrene is a man-made product – a petroleum- based plastic. Bagasse on the other hand is an all-natural plant-based material; the waste fibre that remains after sugarcane has been pressed for its juice to make sugar. While the two materials have a somewhat similar look and feel, they are opposites in every other way.     Bagasse fibre, left, and polystyrene, right.  A High Cost to People and Planet The negative impacts of polystyrene start at manufacturing, and can end hundreds or thousands of years later when it eventually breaks down. During the manufacturing process, workers are regularly exposed to styrene – the liquid version of polystyrene. Styrene is an occupational health hazard and continued exposure can result in a range of negative health effects. Studies also show that styrene can leach out of polystyrene into hot food and drinks. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, styrene is a possible human carcinogen. In addition, the production of Styrofoam requires mining, fracking and drilling for fossil fuels… need we say more? After manufacturing, polystyrene serves its short-lived purpose as food-packaging. Polystyrene can be down-cycled but because it’s so light it’s near impossible to make it worth someone’s while to collect it, so it hardly gets recycled. The polystyrene then mostly ends up in a landfill – though it is unlikely to stay there. It’s 95% air, making it lightweight and buoyant. Because of these characteristics, discarded polystyrene often ends up floating down waterways and into the oceans. Polystyrene is also porous and, once in the ocean, can absorb a variety of pollutants in the water. To make matters worse, it easily breaks down into smaller fragments. Besides being consumed and directly entering the stomachs of marine animals, tiny contaminated plastic particles also enter the food chain when eaten by microorganisms like plankton. They then bioaccumulate and move up the food chain.  According to the Los Angeles Times, ingestion of polystyrene is potentially poisonous for humans and animals. A Renewable, Plant-based & Recycled Material Bagasse is a renewable and biodegradable alternative for food packaging, with none of the negative effects of polystyrene. It’s also more environmentally friendly from start to finish. The manufacturing of bagasse doesn’t require any of the harmful extraction techniques used for fossil fuel-based plastics. In fact, the production of bagasse recycles what would otherwise be unused plant waste. In addition, bagasse is non-toxic to humans and animals. Bagasse packaging is biodegradable, and only takes between one and four months to break down when composted. Furthermore, if it happens to land in waterways it will also break down quickly and easily, protecting precious marine and wild-life. Once the bagasse food packaging has served its purpose it can be composted in home or industrial compost sites. Creating absolutely no waste! One potential problem to look out for with bagasse products is that they can contain additives called PFAS. These are a harmful group of chemicals that give grease and waterproof properties to materials. While they are being banned in many countries, they are still widely used. Fortunately, international compostable certification standards limit these chemicals. All GREEN HOME bagasse products are certified compostable according to EN 13432 (the European Union compostable standard) and don’t contain PFAS, so you can rest assured they’ll break down into healthy soil. In addition to the environmental advantages of bagasse, the material is also functional. Bagasse products can tolerate both hot and cold temperatures, making it particularly suitable for packaging hot and cold foods. The material is microwaveable and releases no toxic substances during the heating process. It’s also freezer safe. It’s a great solution for any business to go green and all you have to do is switch your packaging. We have bagasse plates, bowls and takeaway containers. To make the switch, shop here.

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.        

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