The ORSÚ packaging Compost Watch aims to inform about how bio-degradation works, and to show that skincare packaging shouldn’t negatively impact the environment.

These pictures show the ORSÚ packaging bio-degrading in a home compost bin, literally being eaten by microorganisms, and completing its life-cycle.

This monitoring project is ongoing and started the 14th May 2019. The pictures are taken once a month at regular intervals. The bin is in a garden in London, and it is filled also with a family food and garden waste.

The compost bin where Compost Watch takes place.

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14th May 2019

Day 1 of the packaging Compost Watch. These are the marigold balm glassine envelop and a crumpled 18x22cm sheet of clear cellulose paper inside the bin.

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14th June 2019

After one month in the bin, the balm envelop has been colonised by fungi (mould) which stack the envelop to the bin wall, while the cellulose sheet has started to be chewed by insects.

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26th June 2019

Today we added to the monitoring the lip balm paper tube.

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14th July 2019

The lip balm tube is now covered with mould and insect nymphs (babies). The balm envelope is starting to disintegrate on the bottom left corner, and the clear cellulose sheet has disappeared almost completely, leaving only two recognisable fragments, one just under the lip balm tube and the other at the left of the peanut shell on the bottom right of the photograph.

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14th August 2019

The balm envelope, still stack on the bin wall, is disappearing and it is covered with a variety of moulds and some worms. Almost the all bottom half of the lip balm tube has disappeared as well, and the artwork print has discoloured completely.

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14th September 2019

The only packaging left seems to be a strip of the envelope top, still stack on the bin wall. Practically all gone in four months. Now, like the food rests of the family, also the packaging is fertile soil for the family allotment. How satisfactory!

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