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Why don't you use compostable packaging?

This is something we've considered, but we're not certain that we'd see any environmental benefits from switching over to compostable packaging right now. Here's why.

Unlike your food waste, compostable packaging can only degrade if it's taken to a special commercial facility and processed for 12 weeks at a minimum of 58 C. This ensures it's reduced to just carbon dioxide, water and biomass.

Because there's currently limited infrastructure to collect and transport compostable packaging to one of these facilities, it will typically end up in landfill, where it can't break down properly. Not only does this create more waste, it also contributes to the release of methane, which is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Compostable packaging isn't recyclable, and it's not suitable for home composting facilities either - so even though it might technically be 'compostable', there's no guarantee it will be composted at the end of its life.

We know plastic isn't perfect though, so our plan is to increase the amount of recycled content in our plastic packaging (currently at 80-90%) and switch to widely recyclable plastics. We're also working on ways we can move away from single-use plastic. You can even send your packaging back to us and we'll recycle it for you - either by reusing it, or turning it into new 80-90%-recycled ASOS bags.