Frequently Asked Questions
frequently asked questions
What is I AM NOT PLASTIC?
I Am Not Plastic is a Chilean venture that makes available to the public products that keep the goodness of plastic, but are 100% compostable, biodegradable and reusable. We want our cling film, resealable garbage and multipurpose bags, light bulbs and pet waste bags to reach every home as a real alternative to single-use plastics without people having to leave their homes.
What are the products made of?
I Am Not Plastic products are made from biodegradable and compostable materials. Depending on the product, we use biopolymers such as PLA, PBS, corn starch and PBAT. Thanks to this, all members of the I Am Not Plastic family are compostable and combat the single-use plastics that have caused so much damage to the planet.
What certifications support that the products are plastic-free?
Our products are made of Bioplastics and not conventional plastics. All are FDA and EU certified in terms of their components, which are compostable and biodegradable.
Are the biopolymers from which your products are made all biodegradable and compostable?
Yes, they are all biodegradable and compostable. We do not use elements that are not, as we believe that the present and future of organic waste management in our homes will be through home and industrial composting.
How to buy IANP products?
All our products are available at www.iamnotplastic.cl with nationwide delivery. You can also find us at Cornershop, in the Denda store. You type I Am Not Plastic into the Cornershop search engine and it comes up. You will also soon see us in EASY stores and many other sustainable retailers.
How do I do this if I want to distribute IANP in my store?
Of course we would love to work with you!
Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your inquiry and we will be able to provide you with all the necessary information. Please include quantities and products of interest in your message.
What are the costs and delivery times?
- EXPRESS (Every day). Order until 21:00hrs and receive in less than 3 hrs. (Lo Barnechea, Las Condes and Vitacura).
- SAME DAY (Monday to Saturday). Order until 12:00hrs and receive during the day. (Cerrillos, Cerro Navia, Conchalí, El Bosque, Estación Central, Huechuraba, Independencia, La Cisterna, La Florida, La Granja, La Reina, Las Condes, Lo Barnechea (without Farellones), Lo Espejo, Lo Prado, Macul, Maipú, Ñuñoa, Pedro Aguirre Cerda, Peñalolén, Providencia, Pudahuel, Puente Alto, Quilicura, Quinta Normal, Recoleta, Renca, San Bernardo, San Joaquín, San Miguel, San Ramón, Santiago Centro, Vitacura) Orders placed after these hours will be scheduled for the following business day.
- Regions and rest of RM: All Chile between 24 and 72 hrs.
What is compost?
In its most basic function, the role of compost is to break down organic matter and return it to the soil without causing harm. This natural biological decomposition is activated by microorganisms and requires the right balance of materials and conditions such as humidity and temperature to take effect.
What is home compost?
Home compost is a collection of plant-based organic materials that are piled in a backyard area or collected in a compost garbage can (in the case of an apartment for example). Both home methods can handle small amounts of green and brown waste materials (things like food scraps, yard trimmings and cardboard) and require frequent turning and maintenance to ensure the right combination of heat, humidity and air is present. The compost mixture is degraded by microorganisms, which then produce a nutrient-rich humus. This material is a fantastic fertilizer for the garden and is the reason many people decide to start their own home composting setup.
What can be included in a homemade compost?
Almost all organic waste can be composted in a household facility. The goal is to get a good, balanced mix of things like plant cuttings, vegetable peels, grass or tea leaves. Most things of plant origin can be returned to the soil, however, the exception to this rule is animal products and pet feces. For healthy compost, you should avoid dog and cat droppings (although they may have their own compost), meat scraps, chicken bones and fish skins. When it comes to compostable bags and packaging, any manufactured product that is HOME COMPOST certified is safe for home composting.
If you don’t have a composter at home, you can also take your waste to an industrial composting facility or have it picked up from your home. We hope to soon have alliances in this regard.
What is industrial composting?
Industrial or commercial composting is carried out in a massive facility. These environments are designed to optimize the degradation process. They are more regulated in terms of temperature and management and can process large volumes of waste faster and more efficiently than a domestic environment.
Industrial facilities are constantly monitored to ensure ideal conditions: stable and high heat (60 degrees Celsius or more), oxygen, humidity and the right balance of carbon and nitrogen. These controlled conditions ensure efficient degradation of organic materials.
What can be included in industrial composting?
While the same composting ingredients (i.e. green and brown waste) are needed, there are some elements that can only be processed in an industrial facility. Containers certified for industrial composting cannot be handled in a domestic environment. This is because certain plastics require the stability and intensity of an industrial facility to break down properly and completely.
If in doubt, it is best to consult the package instructions and look for certification numbers.
Are IANP products home or industrial compost?
The film, garbage bags and pet waste bags are home compost certified. The airtight bags and bulbs are certified industrial compost.
How long does it take for products to biodegrade?
Depends on the products. Those with home compost certification consider a degradation of 90 days and a disintegration of 180 days. In any case, it is always advisable to cut the products into smaller pieces to help composting.
In the case of industrial compost certificates, the time is the same, but the process requires monitoring the variables of temperature, humidity and PH among others.
Bags of pet waste do not go into the compost. What do we do?
You have 2 possibilities. Either you have a special composter for this waste or you throw it in the garbage. If you choose the second option, and since the bags are compostable, they will disintegrate much faster than conventional plastic and will not degrade into environmentally harmful micro-plastics.
Are the seals and bulbs for single use?
No! Our idea is that you can always reuse, just as you would reuse plastic. They resist liquids, freezer temperature, and all conditions just like your usual airtight ones but without contamination 🙂
Have you tested the quality of the bags (storability, strength, maintaining product properties)?
Yes! One of our focus is to guarantee a good user experience 🙂 Anyway we will be happy to get your feedback when you use them.
Does the film really seal well?
Sure, just like the film you usually use but without it remaining in this world for 200 years. You will not notice that it is 100% biodegradable and compostable. Anyway we will be happy to get your feedback when you use it.
What temperature can the film withstand?
We recommend not to use it above 50 degrees Celsius, since above this point its degradation will be activated.
Where do you import products from?
We are very careful in choosing the factories we work with in different parts of the world. More than an import process, we do a joint development work with high-tech and environmentally friendly factories both in Europe and Asia to achieve the products and services that we think can make the difference and generate the best experience for our customers.
Can products be recycled?
I Am Not Plastic products can be reused and composted or disposed of with the rest of your organic waste. Recycling will be possible when the use of these products becomes widespread and recycling plants begin to consider them as part of their reception centers.
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