Tree & Placenta Info
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Frequently Asked Questions
Below are a number of questions that we get asked frequently. If you have a specific question please don't hesitate to contact us, we would love to hear from you.
What does "biodegradable" mean?
Biodegradable means that the object will completely break down and leave no residue, like an apple does. Degradable on the other hand may break down to microscopic particles but these may be toxic and can get into our water ways and food chain e.g. fish. Therefore we chose to go with a 100% biodegradable corn starch bag as we know this will disappear completely and leave no toxic residues.
How do hospitals currently pack placentas?
Click here to see the current option which are mainly plastic and require defrosting and removing the placenta from the bag before planting.What happens to my placenta if I leave it at the hospital?
The hospital will either incinerate it which is not good for the environment, or we've just heard that they may also send it down a huge garbage disposal unit to the sewer.
What is "post-consumer waste"?
Post-consumer waste means that the paper or card was once a consumable item like a newspaper or packaging. Other recycled products may include items like off-cuts from printers which is considered to be virgin stock for recycling.
Every pack includes the biodegradable cornstarch bags, the recycled cardboard capsule, a convenient carry bag (to get the capsule home from the hospital) and the "Your Tree", a child's keepsake book.
As the bags are made from cornstarch and are designed to breakdown, we recommend that you get the Placenta Planting Capsule into ground or the freezer within 24 hours. After that time we cannot guarantee that the bags won't leak.
Well my daughter's was still there three years later! The Birth to Earth Placenta Planting Pack won't start breaking down until it is in an environment that is warm, wet and with microorganisms to eat away at it.
When is the best time to plant a tree?
Autumn or early Spring is best as there is lots of moisture in the soil which will help to get your tree established.
It all depends on the activity in the soil but in six to eight weeks the box and bag will be well broken down and releasing nutrients for your tree.
Yes, we sell the book separately for those who have already planted their placenta. The tree tag is also available separately.
Yes - as long as it's not too old. My sister took her pear tree with her when she moved and it had been planted for about four years.
Yes we have listed instructions on how to do this on the planting instruction page.
When we designed the Birth to Earth Placenta Planting Pack we made it a flat pack for this reason. Who wants to pay for mailing air?
Yes and the cornstarch Biopolymer is now being used for making medical gloves.
Yes - the Birth to Earth Placenta Planting Packs, 'Your Tree' story book and the tree tags are now all stocked in a number retailers. Click here to see our stockists. We also promise that if you pruchase any of our products and are not satisfied, please return the item to us and we will fully refund you your money.
It depends if you are having identical twins who share one placenta or fraternal twins who each have their own placenta. Although my cousin just had fraternal twins and took two kits to the hospital to find that the placentas had fused together and she only used one kit, it was a squeeze but both fit into the one kit. If you are having twins, ask your lead maternity carer or contact us if you have any queries.
What if my tree dies?
Trees die for a number of reasons i.e. too little water, too much water, disease or the biggest offender - ring barking from the weed whacker! Our recommendation if your tree does die is to plant another one in it's place as this is still the place where you have planted your placenta but maybe try another type of tree, water it more during summer and buy a trunk shield from you local garden center to protect the tree from the weed whacker.