Side Gusset Bags
Swisspac’s compostable Side Gusset Bags are made using our renewable Plantmade™ technology. All components including zippers and valves are made from plants and are fully biodegradable and compostable. They break down into healthy compost leaving no microplastics and conform to all major compost certifications including OK Compost Home and AS 5810. Available in both high and low barrier options.
features: zipper, tear notch, degassing valve
Production lead time: 35 days
Sample lead time: 25 days
Minimum width: 80mm
Maximum width: 320mm
Minimum height: 110mm
Maximum height: 450mm
Minimum gusset: 25mm x 25mm
Maximum gusset: 80mm x 80mm
Print method: Flexographic, digital
Colours: Pantone U and Pantone C
Ships worldwide. Please refer to our shipping page for more information on global freight lead times.
All of Swisspac’s products are vetted for quality and environmental impact. We are committed to full transparency around the sustainability qualities of each material or product we produce.
Biodegrades under industrial composting conditions into organic biomass
Biodegrades under home composting conditions into organic biomass
Fossil fuel reduction
Reduces the amount of virgin fossil fuel content
Made from regenerative materials grown on responsibly-managed plantations
Water or biobased inks than do not require petroleum-based solvents
ABA Home Compost
Australian standard that certifies plastic to be 90% biodegradable at 20-30°C, within 180 days
Australian standard that certifies plastic to be 90% biodegradable at 60°C or higher, within 180 days
Fossil fuel reduction
Frequently asked questions
The time it takes a product to biodegrade depends on the conditions of the composting environment. Industrial or commercial compost facilities run at higher temperatures and certification protocol requires materials to biodegrade within six months. Home composts are more variable and depend on external factors such as temperature, humidity and how often they’re turned. Home compost certification requires materials to biodegrade within 12 months at a temperature around 30°C. For more information check out our certifications page.
Unlike most plastics, compostable materials are designed to have a shelf-life. They won’t spontaneously start composting on the shelf or in your warehouse, but over time compostable polymers weaken and things such as sealing & lamination strength start to deteriorate. In general we give our compostable materials 18 months shelf-life before this starts occurring. However, this is influenced by atmospheric conditions such as heat and humidity; in hot and humid climates this shelf life is reduced. We recommend storing all compostable materials in dry climate controlled conditions as best practice to ensure a prolonged shelf-life.
All of Swisspac’s compostable films and laminates are certified compostable, including any valves and zippers. For further information please visit our Certifications page.
No they don’t. Our materials are certified compostable which means that they’ve passed thorough biodegradation testing to ensure they completely biodegrade into healthy organic matter.
This is a great question and the answer is nuanced. They don’t contain plastic as most people know it but they are made from bioplastic, which is technically a type of plastic. Grounded has a range of bioplastics that are made using our compostable Plantmade™ technology.
Compostable materials are designed to be composted and unfortunately that means they cannot be mechanically recycled. Although commercial composting systems are not currently widely available on a kerbside basis this is changing rapidly and so too is the rate of home composting. For further reading please see our blog post on Composting vs Recycling.
Generally speaking, compostable materials are not compatible with wet or oily products over a long period. In certain applications they can work for products with short shelf-life requirements (~4-6 weeks).
Yes, our Plantmade™ vacuum pouches are suitable for sous vide cooking. Biovac™ recyclable pouches can be used at temperatures up to 80C or 175F. Comvac™ compostable pouches can be used at temperatures up to 70C or 160F.
Our vacuum pouches are designed to be used on commercial in-chamber vacuum sealers. They are not suitable for out of chamber machines.
Our vacuum pouches have a high barrier to both oxygen and moisture, and are able to be used in place of conventional vacuum packaging for most food products.
Composting is an essential part of a functioning circular economy. We’ve broken down all the basics in our How to Compost blog post.
Yes, for stock orders above 2000 units, we offer volume discounts. Please get in touch via the enquiry form to speak to one of our Account Managers.
Online orders are typically despatched within 24 hours. Depending on the shipping method (courier or bulk freight depending on the size of your order) this can take anywhere from 1-3 days from despatch.