This clever Wellington based New Zealand brand has listened to its customers and has been working away at offering home compostable refills for some of their key products - Moisture, Cleanse and Renew. Tailor has kindly compiled this Q&A all about the packaging and composting.
Q & A
Q / Are the refills home compostable?
Our refill sachets will break down in a home compost bin or worm farm, containing heat, water, oxygen, soil and microorganisms. All healthy composts need these elements anyway!
Q / What is the plastic made of?
The refill sachets might look like plastic but don’t be fooled - they're actually made with 3x laminated films primarily derived from wood pulp and GM-Free corn sources. These will break down when disposed of in a composting environment.
The individual films used are certified to the European industrial compostable standard OK Compost/EN13432 and either the European or Australian home composting standards OK Compost Home or AS5810.
Q / How long will they take to break down?
As there are a number of variable factors at play when it comes to the speed of breakdown, we’re unable to give a definitive answer. However, the EN13432 compost standard requires the plastics to disintegrate after 12 weeks and completely biodegrade after 6 months. This means 90% or more of the plastic will have converted to CO2 and the remaining converted to either water or biomass - ie. valuable compost!
Keep in mind the healthier your home compost the faster and more effectively your refill will break down.
Q / Where are the refills made?
Our compostable plastic films are made right here in New Zealand, then sent to our local manufacturing partner for filling. Once filled, they're sent to you so you can enjoy fresh product refilled into your beautiful blue gem bottles.
Q / What's the shelf life of the refills?
Our refills have a shelf life of 6 months when products are stored in these innovative compostable sachets. Once refilled into your Tailor bottle, the shelf life extends by a further 18 months (the same shelf life as buying a fresh bottle of Tailor).
Product safety is paramount to us and this is why we’ve tested our compostable refills in ambient temperatures to ensure they can maintain a 6 month shelf life when inside the compostable refill without any changes to product integrity.
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