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Note Cards .

Some of my designs are available as a set of 4 notecards. Each card is A6 size and is printed on 250gsm FSC certified gesso textured card, and includes a premium recycled brown kraft ribbed envelope. 

All cards are blank inside.

The cards are packaged in a biodegradable and compostable vegetable starch bag, so are plastic free!

A single pack of 4 cards of the same design costs £6 plus postage and packing, and can be purchased via Etsy
Alternatively take advantage of my 3 for 2 offer  here , with 3 packs of 4 for £12 plus postage and packing.

Plastic Free Packaging .

 

My new notecards and Christmas cards come in plastic free bags, rather than the traditional cellophane bags you see most cards wrapped in. 

I took the decision to phase out plastic bags as I have become increasingly concerned about the use of single-use plastics in our world, and don't want my cards to be a part of the problem. The change over has been a slow process - finding suppliers who will produce small enough quantities for my needs, and accepting the current higher price compared to cellophane. I will be changing to the same type of bags for my greetings cards as soon as I have used up stock.

What does plastic free mean?

The bags are made from biofilm or poly-lactic acid (PLA), which is made from sustainable and annually renewable vegetable starch which is derived from an annually renewable crop. They are fully biodegradable and compostable, which means that they break down to CO2 , water and biomass which can then be reused in the eco system to make new plants.

Biodegradation

Over time the bags will naturally break down. This shouldn't just happen in normal storage conditions. Provided the cards/wrappers are kept at room temperature, away from humidity and direct sunlight they should be stable for at least a year but likely for much longer. As this is a relatively new product no one knows for sure yet - I am currently conducting my own tests!

The biodegradation process can happen in either commercial or home composting or landfill but in commercial composting the temperature will be higher and the process is much quicker. The biodegradation process uses naturally occurring bacteria/fungi to break down the film into CO2 and H2O and biomass (compost). In a colder home-composter or landfill this will require the presence of suitable bacteria/fungi to start the process and it will just take longer. The time scale will largely depend on the local conditions.

How to dispose of the biofilm bags

1) Compost Heap - they are suitable for both home and industrial composting

2) Council Garden Waste Bin - this would work fine so long as the waste is going to industrial composting

3) Food Waste Bin - this again would work fine but it might be best to check your council is sending this waste for anaerobic digestion or industrial composting, and they are happy for you to put this kind of thing in

4) General Waste Bin - although this doesn't seem ideal, in landfill they will break down to CO2 and water in much the same way as they would in a compost heap.

5) Recycling Bins/Collections - the bags should not be put in with any recycling as they will break down so are not suitable for recycling

With thanks to Eco-Craft for the information on biofilm/PLA

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