How much can ComPlast produce?
Current production capacity has been installed to produce approximately 350 tons a month (equivalent to 16’000’000 Medium T-Shirt bags per month).
Why not just use plastic bags and recycle?
Recycling of soft plastic bags is in its infancy in both NZ and Australia. In NZ, the plastic is collected under the Love NZ Soft plastics programme, launched in Nov 2015, it is reliant on stores providing recycling bins at their stores, and collection services picking them up. Its aim is to divert all types of conventional oil-based plastic bags, including single use bags from landfill.
At present the recovered bags are sent to Australia where they are made into plastic products. Excess is shipped to Indonesia for recycling and disposal. (Unfortunately it is unknown how it is disposed of once in Indonesia). China no longer accepts recyclable plastic from New Zealand.
The problem with soft plastic recycling is:
- It only takes a very limited volume of the 1.6 billion plastic bags used in NZ a year,
- The plastic effectively remains forever,
- There is a large amount of energy used to transport and reprocess the plastic, and,
- It still requires new plastic bags to be manufactured from petroleum, so not really solving the fundamental problem.
Why not just use Jute bags?
A jute bag is the ideal BYO bag, but ComPlast bags are a guilt-free option if you forget your jute bag. They return to the soil leaving no harmful or long lasting micro-plastic particles and are non toxic so - even though they are a plastic bag - they are a preferable alternative to jute and other material bags because they don't use virgin resources or damage the environment with toxins during their manufacture or disposal. The fewer items - especially those that don't degrade to nothing or leave behind toxic residues - that go into landfill or have to be shipped overseas for unregulated recycling the better.
The ComPlast bag also provides for situations such as laundry bags, garbage bags, and fruit and veg bags where the Jute bag is not possible.
Either way, the Jute bag and the ComPlast bag make the perfect combination.
Are ComPlast bags more expensive than traditional bags?
Yes, approximately twice. There is a premium currently due to low manufacturing volumes. We expect costs to decrease over time and as production increases.
How strong is it?
The same as an equivalent size plastic bag. Depending on the size of the ComPlast bag, there is different loading capacity, for example:
· Medium T-shirt bag - 42/28cm Wide x 50cm High = 3 – 4 kg.
· Large Grip Hole – 33cm Wide x 40cm High = 5 – 6 kg
· Fruit and Veg- 30cm Wide x 40cm High = 2 – 2.5kg
· Large Garbag Bag- 80cm Wide x 100cm High = 8– 9kg
How do customers dispose of the bag at the end of life?
Just like food scraps. The ComPlast bag acts in a similar way to food scraps when biodegrading, so if you place food scraps into your home compost, you can also put our ComPlast bags in there.
You can dispose of our bags in a compost collection bin.
You can use these bags as bin liners for general home rubbish and they can be disposed off into landfill.
If the ComPlast bag mistakenly ends up in the rivers or oceans, it will biodegrade over time leaving no toxic elements.
If the ComPlast bag is eaten and digested, it will cause no harm. (However the worm farm toxicity test is still to be completed, see testing sheet).
Who manufactures these bags?
ComPlast has the bags manufactured in Indonesia using locally sourced organic matter. Because the bags are manufactured in Indonesia, there is a three-month delivery on larger orders.
What makes Complast bag different to bio bags?
The main difference is that the ComPlast bag does not produce micro-plastic or toxins when it biodegrades. It returns completely back to nature.