Here at allpack® we are trying to make it easier then ever for our customers to choose environmentally friendly options.

Below we have some definitions of common words you will have heard associated with certain products.

We also have a factsheet which allows you to see what common types of material can be recycled and examples of these products within a packaging context.

Fact sheet


  • The ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level.

  • Avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.

In essence sustainable packaging should be sourced responsibly, so even the ink, adhesives and coatings on packaging should be considered through the lifecycle of the packaging.
All end of life scenarios should be considered, and the appropriateness of the packaging designed to facilitate maximum recovery.


  • (of a substance or object) capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms and thereby avoiding pollution

In packaging terms, biodegradable links to the materials being used in packaging and whether it can be effectively broken down in the environment without causing harm.
The rate of biodegradabillity is based on light, water and oxygen, so where a product may test in laboratory conditions as biodegradable, real-life may in fact prove problematic, as landfill conditions are not always rich in the elements required.


  • Able to be recycled

  • A substance or object that can be recycled.

Recycling is not exclusive to plastics. There are several materials that should not be dismissed. Cardboard, paper and certain metals are the main items recycled in the UK. 


  • Compostable means that a product is capable of disintegrating into natural elements in a compost environment, without toxicity in the soil.

Not to be confused with biodegradability, compostabillity occurs when materials breakdown in the natural environment within a short period of 90 days.
The speed at which this occurs relies on the composting conditions and product itself. To be clear, compostable or biodegradable packaging should not be placed in recycling bins, as these can contaminate the recycling process of other products. With compostable packaging you have a guarantee that the materials used do not produce toxins as they deteriorate and will in fact add nutrients to the earth when fully broken down, as well as their production being lower in carbon and reducing landfill waste.

At allpack® you can book a free no-obligation consultation with one of our team and get that ‘green’ ball rolling.

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