Answers to your questions

Below we answer the current questions about compostable Repaq packaging.

Application

How can I use Repaq?

Is there a minimum order quantity?

Yes. The minimum order quantity is 1,000 kg of material. This corresponds to about 100,000 pcs. flat bags in DIN A4 size. Some Repaq products are also available in smaller quantities in our online store.

Which products can be packed with Repaq?

In principle, Repaq packaging is suitable for a wide range of applications. Currently, Repaq is particularly suitable for sensitive foodstuffs with a high protection requirement, such as chocolate bars, cheese, muesli, nuts, baby food, food supplements, herbs and salads. Repaq can also serve as protective packaging for textiles and other non-food applications.

Can I print on Repaq?

Yes. Repaq can be printed with compostable inks using flexographic or digital printing methods with up to 10 colors. CMYK halftone printing is possible as well as Pantone spot colors.

Can I use Repaq with my existing machines?

Yes. All Repaq films run on conventional packaging machines. They are on par with plastic films in terms of process capability and do not generate additional investment costs.

How long can I store Repaq film?

Repaq is guaranteed to run on machines for 12 months under normal storage conditions (room temperature and approx. 40-60% relative humidity). It should be noted that the film is not exposed to direct sunlight and is not stored next to a heater.

Does the film not dissolve during storage?

No. In order to initiate the composting process, the following factors must be present to a certain degree: Moisture, heat and bioactivity. Only then does the decomposition process begin.

In what form is Repaq available?

Repaq is available in roll form as printed mono film, 2-layer film and 3-layer film. In bag form, Repaq doypacks, flat bags, gusseted bags, stabilobags, block bottom bags and bottom gusseted bags are feasible.

How soon can I expect delivery of my order?

Depending on the material structure and degree of processing, completion takes between 10 and 14 weeks.

Can I order a sample roll?

Yes, after a request via our form on the website, we will be happy to put together an individual sample shipment for your product. Depending on the size of the sample shipment, we charge a flat rate for this. We offer Doypack samples in our store.

Is it possible to use Repaq packaging for my small label?

Yes. Doypacks are available in small quantities in our online store. Our Repaq Doypacks can be easily labeled with your brand.

Does Repaq also make hard shell packaging or bottles?

No. Repaq makes packaging from flexible materials. For other applications, we are happy to recommend a reliable partner from our network.

Is there only one Repaq material?

No, we combine different Repaq films depending on the application and related requirements. Our materials consist mainly of cellulose and are supplemented with starch-based materials. All materials are certified compostable and plastic-free.

Ecology

How does Repaq protect the environment?

Why is Repaq good for climate protection?

Repaq emits significantly less CO2 and CO2 equivalents than comparable products made of plastic. The high proportion of renewable and natural raw materials
in Repaq packaging ensures CO2 savings of more than 35%.

Does Repaq produce microplastic?

No. Repaq packaging is certified "plastic free". Plastic free also means no microplastics or nanoplastics. Repaq materials decompose independently in nature.

Are there any harmful substances in Repaq?

No. Repaq packaging is proven and tested to be free of harmful substances.

Do pollutants get into my food from the packaging?

No. Repaq materials are free of harmful substances. Therefore, no substances such as plasticizers and additives can get into your food.

Does Repaq prevent the migration of contaminants into the food?

Yes. Repaq has been proven to prevent the migration of contaminants - MOSH / MOAH / POSH - into your food over 70 months at room temperature.

Is there a Repaq CO2 footprint?

Using Repaq packaging emits 55% less CO2 than plastic packaging material. Every kilogram of Repaq saves 3.156 kg of CO2, makes a positive contribution to climate protection and reduces the costs of achieving climate neutrality. As a result, Repaq actively helps companies achieve sustainability goals and significantly improve the carbon footprint of the company and each packaged product.

Does Repaq take land away from food production?

No. Currently, 0.013% of the world's agricultural land is used to provide renewable raw materials for the production of bioplastics and biofuels. Long-term scenarios in which global plastics production shifts to bio-based plastics would require 4-7% of the world's available agricultural land.

What happens to Repaq in the ocean?

Repaq packaging is metabolized in natural bioactive environments on land and in the sea. The more active, the warmer and wetter the environment, the faster Repaq decomposes to H2O, CO2 and biomass.

Is all Repaq packaging compostable?

Yes. All films, papers, closures, inks and adhesives used are certified compostable.

Does Repaq consume fossil raw materials?

Depending on the material structure, Repaq packaging consists entirely or largely of renewable raw materials and only to a small extent of fossil raw materials. Some necessary properties can currently only be realized through this proportion.

What would happen if the whole world was packed in Repaq? Do we have enough cellulose?

Yes. Cellulose is the most abundant polymer in our nature. Cellulose is a component of every plant and can be obtained from forestry and agricultural residues. Through sustainable management, we can meet the demand for cellulose.

Composting or recycling

Why is composting better?

What is the difference between composting and recycling?

The natural organic cycle, i.e. composting, is the only recycling process without any loss of value. The decomposition of materials by microorganisms and organisms is one of the most original basic bionic principles of our planet. Certified compostable materials do not need to be separated by type. They generate no microplastics, no toxins, and no landfills.

Why is composting better than technical recycling?

Technical recycling requires separation of individual materials. This sorting requires a lot of energy. The quality in composting will always reach 100% in the cycle. The applicability of plastic recyclates decreases with each cycle. In most cases, they are not approved for food.

How fast does Repaq compost?

The duration of the composting process is highly dependent on environmental conditions. The warmer, moister and more bioactive the environment, the faster the material will be assimilated. Repaq decomposes to H2O, CO2 and biomass within 42 - 180 days in a natural environment.

Can I really dispose of Repaq in my garden compost?

Yes. You can easily dispose of Repaq, preferably shredded, in your compost. For larger quantities, you should still establish a suitable disposal route.

What is needed for Repaq to decompose?

For Repaq to decompose to H2O, CO2 and biomass, it needs moisture, temperature and a bioactive environment. The more bioactive, humid and warmer the environment, the faster Repaq will decompose.

What is the difference between garden compostability and industrial compostability?

Garden compostable packaging decomposes independently and faster in a natural environment. Industrial compostable packaging requires an artificially created environment. Industrial facilities require energy in the form of temperature and humidity. Home compostability is currently the highest environmental standard for packaging made from natural and renewable raw materials.

Disposal

How is Repaq packaging disposed of?

Does Repaq cause problems in the composting plant?

No. European Bioplastics has now proven that compostable packaging decomposes in as little as 22 days. Repaq materials, unlike the misleading term "bioplastic," are all certified for composting and do not create any problems.

What happens if Repaq is not disposed of properly?

No matter where the consumer leaves Repaq packaging, it causes no harm to the environment. Even in water, the packaging decomposes into H2O, CO2 and biomass. They produce 0% pollutants and 0% microplastics. The materials are fully assimilated by nature as valuable substances.

What happens when Repaq ends up in incineration?

In the established disposal routes, Repaq packaging behaves neutrally to favorably. Even the incineration of the compostable film is CO2 neutral, because the plant that served as raw material has bound the same amount of CO2 in its growth. 0% pollutants escape, so there is no pollution of the plant filters.

Can I dispose of my Repaq packaging in the organic waste garbage can?

Waste management in Germany is regulated by the municipalities and is based on the technical conditions of the disposal companies. On the material side, Repaq meets the requirements, but it is very difficult for the disposal companies to free the biomass from other plastic films. Disposers still need to adapt to zero waste packaging.

What does Repaq cost to dispose of (licensing)?

Depending on the material structure, Repaq is within the price range of conventional plastic packaging or in some cases up to nine times cheaper. Currently, the category of "compostable multilayer films" does not yet exist. we will therefore put Repaq on an equal footing with conventional mulitlayer plastic composites. Here we are increasingly working on a politically sustainable solution. Our Repaq cellulose film is up to nine times cheaper than plastic.

How should the film be disposed of?

Unlike conventional plastic films, Repaq films do not cause any damage, regardless of which disposal channel they enter. The waste regulations in Germany are regulated by the municipalities. Therefore, you will receive information about the disposal possibilities in your municipality. The optimal recycling method for Repaq is composting.

Quality

Why Repaq has the highest environmental standard in the world?

Does Repaq protect my product as well as conventional plastic?

Yes, even better. Repaq packaging protects the contents to the same extent as plastic packaging and is also absolutely free of harmful substances. This means that no toxins can escape from the packaging into the contents.

Is Repaq produced in Europe?

Repaq is produced in Germany and our neighboring European countries.

How is composting tested?

The procedure for composting is set out in three international standards. The testing is carried out by accredited institutes, such as the Fraunhofer Institute, and is checked annually. A natural environment (home and garden composting) or an industrial environment (industrial composting) is simulated in a reactor. Within a certain time, 90% of the material in this environment must be composted.

What certificates does Repaq have?

All materials used for Repaq are TÜV certified compostable according to EN 13432, AS 5810:2010 and NF TSl-800:2015. Repaq packaging is free of genetically modified organisms (GMO free) and carries the trustmark "plastic free".

What is Repaq packaging made of?

Repaq packaging consists of films and papers. The raw materials are mainly cellulose, starch, sugar and oils. In addition, we use compostable printing inks and compostable adhesives.

Do producers have a guarantee on Repaq?

Yes, all Repaq materials are guaranteed for machineability and processability for 12 months. This is subject to proper storage at 40-60% relative humidity and a temperature of 20-25 °C.

The Repaq brand

How can you benefit from the brand?

How can I communicate the benefits of Repaq to my customer?

We create the necessary trust with the customer with our focus on Zero Waste packaging and support you with text, images and the Plasic Free certificate in your communication. Repaq packaging is always marked with our sustainability standards. We contribute to reducing plastic waste and CO2 in the atmosphere. When you buy products in Repaq packaging, you are actively participating in the protection of our planet.

Is Repaq already on the market?

Yes, most retail chains directly or indirectly sell products in Repaq packaging. You can find an overview of selected products here: 

Can I support Repaq in any way?

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Does the extra cost of sustainable packaging pay off?

Conventional plastic packaging does not take into account the consequential costs for people and nature. A PWC study clearly shows a change in consumer behavior from conventional packaging to sustainable alternatives. Repaq packaging increases your sales and supports your listing in the trade. Customers love Repaq!

Can I use Repaq for my marketing?

Yes, we support you with our communication team in planning your campaign. The topic of plastic-free packaging is currently very important in the public discussion.

Is there a place where I can see Repaq for myself?

Yes, we would like to invite you to participate in our Zero Waste Experiment. Order your Seedpaq here https://www.repaq.eu/shop/seedpaqs/ .