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How to compost and recycle our packaging

At Hill St, we made the decision early on to only use compostable packaging to ensure we are reducing our impact on the environment, while also keeping our mixes fresh. We use Natureflex compostable film which is a sustainable alternative to traditional plastic. Our bags are both home compostable and commercially compostable.

Our cardboard packaging is all FSC certified, meaning it is sourced from sustainable forests. 

While this all sounds great, it's important that we let you know the best ways to dispose of our packaging at home or locally. 

We’re under no illusion that we’re doing things perfectly, and that's ok. Instead we’re focusing on being honest, transparent and pushing the boundaries where we can. 

Cello Bags

Natureflex film is both home and commercially compostable.
Compostable materials leave no toxic substances or pollutants in the soil when they break down. In fact, they not only break down but they add nutrients to the soil too. 

If you have a home compost system, simply cut into smaller pieces and add to your compost system.
Don’t have a compost bin at home? No dramas! There are plenty of great options:
Head to sharewaste.org.nz to find a community garden near you that collects compostable material.
If you are based in Auckland, get your office involved and have a We Compost bin!
For commercial composting locations near you, check out the Waste Minz site here

Compostable bags are not suitable for the soft recycling bins as these have been specially designed to break down in the normal waste system and may start to degrade before they are processed. If you do not have access to one of the composting options above, please place in your usual rubbish bin.

Cardboard Packaging

There are a couple of ways you can dispose of our cardboard packaging:

1. Compost

2. Recycle

3. Reuse

Compost

To incorporate our boxes into your compost, first remove any tape, then roughly tear the cardboard into smaller pieces to mix in with other greens so they can work together to break it down. This process takes around three months.

Don’t have a compost bin at home? No dramas! There are plenty of great options:
Head to sharewaste.org.nz to find a community garden near you that collects compostable material.
If you are based in Auckland, get your office involved and have a We Compost bin!

Recycle

To recycle our boxes, first remove any tape or labels then add into your council recycling bin.

Reuse

We have some fun ways to reuse your cardboard packaging here.
Our boxes can be the basis of some great craft projects for little ones including letterboxes, mini cars or even their own cardboard oven!
If crafting is not your thing, you can reuse our boxes to send your own packages or donate to your local school or daycare centre for them to get involved.

We’re all about receiving feedback, ideas and suggestions on how we can work better. Simply send us and email at  hello@hillst.co.nz - we would love to hear from you!