Think Green | Greensleeves for British Horse - We've made the switch from plastic to potato starch.
The BHS is dedicated to ensuring that our environmental impact remains as small as possible, which is why the postal sleeve for the March issue of British Horse magazine is made from biodegradable, compostable potato starch.
What is BIOPLAST?
BIOPLAST uses waste potatoes from the food chain that are processed and manufactured into granules. The wrap is certified as fully home compostable and completely biodegradable, meaning it can be easily disposed of with food waste, garden compost or in green council recycling bins – but please don’t put it in your blue plastics and paper recycling bin.
What is the product and what's it made from?
Bioplast 300® is a plasticiser and GM free polymer which is derived from potato starch, it's a next generation polymer that can be used to make bags and films – alternatives to Polythene. it is suitable for composting in either a domestic or industrial compost system.
How should I dispose of it?
For films up to 58mu, you can put it in your home compost bin or in your food waste caddies or your garden waste bin for collection by your local authorities. If over 58mu then in your food waste caddies or your garden waste bin for collection by your local authorities.
How long does it take to compost?
For films up to 58mu, if you compost post it in a well-maintained domestic compost heap then typically 90% in 360 days, if it goes to industrial composting then typically 180 days.
How does the process start?
Biodegradation starts when film has been introduced to the micro-organisms, a constant temperature of 25OC and where humidity level is up to 80%, these three factors start the breaking down process.
What's left behind?
At least 90% of the material will convert into CO2, the remaining share is converted into water and biomass.
For further information on Bioplast 300 visit here.
Top Composting Tips
- Site your compost in a warm position, keeping your heap warm at a steady temperature is the key for successful and speedy composting.
- You’re already off to a great head start with your heap because horse manure is a super ingredient!
- Make sure your compost is full of air by turning it regularly.
- Make sure you have a mixture of ‘Greens’ and ‘Browns’ in your heap.
- ‘Greens’ include grass clippings and uncooked kitchen waste.
- ‘Browns’ include hedge clippings, cardboard and straw.
- Your compost should be damp but not soggy. Keep it covered but add water or more ‘Greens’ if required.
- Never compost ragwort (burn it!) or any weed seeds or roots that you don’t want to risk seeing again!
For more information about our magazine printers and their environment credentials visit here.