Our History

In 2008, we began offering a small selection of compostable catering disposables to the eco-conscious food producers and market traders in Cork. These customers, delighted with having compostable packaging options, asked if there could be more products added to this compostable range…. Down2Earth Materials was born!


In 2009, Down2Earth Materials was officially formed by Southern Tapes and Packaging. Working alongside Vegware in the UK, to supply Ireland’s largest range of certified compostable products and packaging to a wide variety of businesses in the food, catering, and events sectors throughout the country. Feeling nostalgic looking at our first logo.



Our first printed cup

Proudly designed, printed, and composted in Ireland, we produced our first printed cup. Since then, our custom-printed cups have allowed businesses throughout Ireland to put their personality and brand in customers hands. You can check out some of the creative designs throughout the years here:

Custom Print


2013 saw the first major redesign of the Down2Earth Materials brand. This year saw the launch of our first website and an updated design of our logo which we proudly displayed on our Down2Earth Mobile. Another memorable moment from 2013 was the recognition from the Composting Association of Ireland of our “Outstanding Contribution to the sector”.



2014 saw us win the REPAK Recycling Award for ‘The Most Sustainable Packaging Award’. This award meant a lot to our team, beating huge companies like Microsoft and McDonald’s. It still takes pride of place in our office today!



This year saw the launch of our very own “Oyster White” range of hot cups. These sleek and stylish cups are Cré approved and have been hugely popular among our customers to this day.



We were delighted to be involved in a number of important sponsorships this year. Some highlights were sponsoring Ballygarvan Ladies Camogie team, Cycyle Against Suicide and the GAA ‘Your Mental Health Campaign.



Some more award nominations this year, we were finalists for the ‘All Stars Food & Drink Business of the Year’ and the ‘All Stars Guaranteed Irish Awards’. We helped a number of Irish music festivals with their sustainability initiatives and made our first TV appearances on environmental show Eco Eye.



Down2Earth Materials moved across the road into our shiny new warehouse and offices. Feel free to call in for a coffee if you are passing!



We had to make some space in our trophy cabinet to add in ‘The Packaging Company of the Year’ awards to us at the Irish Food & Drink Business Awards. We scrub up pretty well don’t you think.



Percy Foster of Cré presented us with our Cré Certification. This awards gives confidence to Irish users that a product is certified compostable and suitable for disposal in the food waste bin. We were the first company in Ireland to have their hot cups, lids and containers certified under this national scheme.



Helping out where we can is important to us here at Down2Earth and this year we were delighted to continue our sponsorship of the hugely heart warming show DIY SOS. We are now in our 4th season of donating the food service packaging for the teams working on the build.



Delighted to finally be able to show you all our brand new e-commerce store.


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