Sendle, an Australian courier service, has started a trial using compostable, biodegradable postage satchels to offer its customers to traditional plastic satchels.
The new Sendle-branded satchels look and feel like plastic but are made from corn starch with a binding resin. This makes them waterproof, tough, flexible with some stretch, tear resistant, stickable, writable, printable and reusable.
The satchels have passed Australian-standard worm toxicity tests, making them not only biodegradable but also 100% compostable. At the end of their life they can be placed in a home garden compost environment as food for worms.
James Chin Moody, CEO and Co-founder, Sendle, sees the trial as a way to offer small businesses choice and to enable eco friendly options at scale.
“Sendle is committed to helping businesses at the smaller end of town succeed. Sendle is making it easy for Australian small businesses to ship responsibly and set a new norm for online retailers to use environmentally-friendly materials,” James said.
“By offering compostable satchels, Sendle is levelling the playing field for Australian small businesses, enabling them to offer their customers the types of sustainable options that are often only reserved for large businesses.”
The parcel delivery service industry creates a colossal amount of plastic pollution and, with the industry set to grow nine per cent annually to more than US $343 billion globally by 2020, Sendle wants to push for change.
“Sendle is Australia’s first and only 100% carbon neutral delivery service and a certified B-corp, but our pledge to the environment goes further. We support a circular economy in which generating endless waste is not an option and the earth’s resources are not treated as infinite”, James said.
“We need to change the discourse in Australia from ‘recyclable plastics’ to compostable materials that at their end-of-life return to nature, a process that can happen without any loss of convenience or performance in the parcel delivery process.”
The purpose of the trial will be to gather feedback from Sendle customers and get a deeper understanding of the issues from small businesses and their customers about what works best for them. The first 100 eligible Sendle customers to register interest for the trial will receive 100 free satchels, with the satchels slated for sale later this year.