Ecopack FAQ


Learn how to order at Ecopack, how to get a quote, learn about our colours and types of bags available, and general FAQs about our bags.

Degradable bags are made from "normal" polyethylene, they are still a petroleum-based plastic bag but contain a degradable additive known as TDPA (totally degradable plastic additives) manufactured by a company called EPI. This helps the bags break down into smaller pieces when exposed to sunlight, heat and oxygen.

Compostable bags are like biodegradable materials, they both return to the earth safely.
Ecopacks fully certified compostable bags begin decomposing from the first day in a compost pile and are completely gone within 90 days leaving no harmful residues in the process.
These are more environmentally sustainable than degradable bags.

  • Yes, the bags are designed to withstand the recommended weight for a similar sized full plastic bag and have been constructed with extra microns to prevent tearing.

Natural corn starch bio-resins which in moist conditions degrade to carbon dioxide and water without leaving harmful residues in the process. They are certified to strict international standards. Even the ink used on them are non-toxic.

Around 90-180 days in a composting environment depending on whether its home composting or Commercial composting.
Home compostability is different from industrial compostability for two main reasons:

1) the temperatures reached by the waste inside the home composting bin are usually only a few centigrade degrees higher than the outside temperature, and this is true for short time periods (in industrial composting, the temperatures reach 50°C – with peaks of 60-70°C – for a number of months)

2) home composting bins are managed by amateurs, and the composting conditions might not always be ideal (in contrast, industrial composting plants are managed by qualified personnel, and kept under ideal working conditions).

When compared to traditional oil-based packaging, our plant-based packaging has a shorter shelf life. With that being said, if stored correctly, Ecopack products will last between 12-24 months. We recommend storing our products in a cool, dry area and out of direct sunlight.

We only use Water based inks when we print on Ecopack products. Water based inks are more environmentally friendly and a non-toxic alternative to traditional oil-based inks

Ecopack is a New Zealand owned and operated company. Our manufacturing facilities are based throughout Asia. Our head office and warehouse is located in East Tamaki in Auckland.

The increasing cost of crude oil continues to reinforce the growing need for renewable-resource-based alternatives.

In the long term, Bioplastics has the potential to be cheaper to manufacture compared to oil-based plastics. But currently, whilst it costs more to manufacture Ecopack products, we try our best to not only match, but sometimes even beat the market price of traditional oil-based plastic packaging in New Zealand.

Yes! Subject to minimum order quantities, most of our products can be custom branded with your logos, at no extra charge. We’ll also manage the whole process for you from design to delivery. For more information on custom branding, please contact us.

Our recycled products are made with up to 30% recycled materials from our own facility.
By recycling on site, EcoPack offers a product with a much smaller carbon footprint than most others while also delivering the same durability and benefits. Given that traditional plastic bags take thousands of years to decompose, we pride ourselves in minimizing our waste stream by repurposing our own by products. Less virgin plastic being manufactured in our world means that we are heading towards a safer future for our environment.

Yes, our liners are suitable for a range of kitchen household bins and commercial bin sizes.

Yes definitely, we have a range of sizes especially for commercial bins, these range from;
27 Ltr up to 240 Ltr wheelie bins and commercial bins.

Pre-Life benefits are the environmental benefits of manufacturing our products, i.e. before the consumer uses the product.

Raw materials used in the production of our products are abundant and renewable, sustainably managed and plant based. They are therefore a more sustainable option to purchasing traditional oil-based packaging made from a non-renewable resource. There are also significantly less greenhouse gases emitted during production compared to standard oil-based food packaging.