About

Welcome to Planet Hero, your number one source for all things compostable for business. We're dedicated to giving you the very best of compostable business products, with a mission of ‘changing the world one piece of plastic crap at a time..

Founded in 2018 by Bruce Hultgren, No More Plastic Crap has come a long way from its beginnings in Geelong, Victoria. Growing out of his other difference making business Oh Crap by popular demand Planet Hero has been created to spearhead the change to non-plastic in the business world. We now serve customers all over Australia & we are proud to say the world, and are thrilled that we're able to turn our passion into a force for good everyone in the #NoMorePlasticCrapFamily can make a difference with.

We hope you become part of the family enjoying our products as much as we enjoy offering them to you. If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact us via team@planethero.eco.

Sincerely,

Bruce & The No More Plastic Crap Team

 

What do the composting logo's means?

OK compost HOME

OK Compost Home Logo

OK compost HOME refers to products that also compost at lower temperatures, so they can go into the compost heap in your garden at home, hence the title "HOME".

Owing to the comparatively smaller volume of waste involved, the temperature in a garden compost heap is clearly lower and less constant than in an industrial composting environment. This is why composting in the garden is a more difficult, slower-paced process.

TÜV AUSTRIA’s innovative answer to this challenge was to develop OK compost HOME to guarantee complete biodegradability in the light of specific requirements, even in your garden compost heap.

OK compost HOME is not based on a standard but is the basis for several standards! It seems important to remember that the OK compost HOME certification programme does not explicitly refer to a specific standard but details all the technical requirements that a product must meet in order to obtain the certification. It is the basis for the drafting of several standards such as: Australia AS 5810

 

Home Compostable AS 5810

Home Compost AS 5810 Logo

The Home Compostable Verification logo is a symbol that the product’s claims of compostability as per AS 5810-2010 has been verified.

That means a minimum of 90% biodegredation, no toxic effect to compost, plants and earthworms and materials should contain more than 50% organic material.

 

Industrial Compostable AS 4736

Industrial Compost AS 4736 Logo

If a plastic material claims to be compostable in Australia, it must comply with Australian standard AS 4736‐2006. This standard provides assessment criteria for plastic materials that are to be biodegraded in municipal and commercial aerobic composting facilities. This Australian standard is similar to the widely known European EN 13432 standard, but has an additional requirement of a worm test. In order to comply with the AS 4736‐2006, plastic materials need to meet the following requirements:

  • minimum of 90% biodegradation of plastic materials within 180 days in compost,
  • minimum of 90% of plastic materials should disintegrate into less than 2mm pieces in compost within 12 weeks,
  • no toxic effect of the resulting compost on plants and earthworms,
  • hazardous substances such as heavy metals should not be present above the maximum allowed levels,
  • plastic materials should contain more than 50% organic materials.

The Australian Bioplastics Association (ABA) leverages a third‐party verification system to assist manufacturers, distributors and retailers to communicate their compliance to this standard hence verify product quality with respect to biodegradability claims.