USING COMPOSTABLE PRODUCTS MADE FROM PLANT-BASED MATERIALS IS A SIMPLE WAY TO HELP YOUR BUSINESS GO GREEN.
To increase customer base and attract an eco minded population of locals, visitors and tourists seeking equally eco conscious businesses. To minimize toxins on our planet, in our homes, our businesses and our families.
About 9 million tons of visible plastic trash enters the oceans each year – then there’s the waste we can’t see.
CHARACTERISTICS AND DESCRIPTIONS OF PRODUCT MATERIALS
The use of paper made from bamboo and sugarcane fibers helps protect our fast dwindling forests and supports wildlife and indigenous cultures whose lives are dependent on forests. The materials used to make these cups represent the best way to help protect the environment.
Wood is one of the most sustainable materials that can be used. It absorbs CO2 while it is growing and creates habitats for wildlife. The manufacturing process for our wood cutlery only uses raw materials from responsibly managed forests and is very efficient. One tree the size of a telephone pole can produce up to 20,000 pieces of cutlery.
Compostable PLA or compostable bioplastic is derived from plant sugars and uses glucose extracted from milled corn which is fermented to produce lactic acid, processed into a polymer and made into pellets. PLA stands for polylactic acid and is the material that commonly replaces the plastic in coffee cup linings or sandwich box windows, and is the clear material used to make our cold cups and deli containers. Some of our hot cup lids and cutlery options are also made of a highheat version of PLA.
Bagasse is the fiber that remains after the extraction of juice from sugarcane, or reclaimed sugarcane and is an annually renewable resource. A high pressure and heat process is then used to press and shape the fibers into bowls, boxes, plates and other products that are normally made from plastic or paper. Using these fibers for good avoids the pollution that would normally happen as a result of burning sugarcane pulp after juice extraction.
100% recycled napkin, towel and tissue products are made from a minimum of 50% post-consumer material, diverting valuable fiber from landfills and requiring less harvesting of new trees. The recovered paper found in these products is washed and de-inked without chlorine, pulped, pulverized and reformed resulting in recycled products that are comparable to virgin paper items in terms of their durability, thickness and texture. The manufacturing process involved in the production of recycled paper products requires much less total energy and water which in turn decreases our carbon footprint.
THE ECO PRODUCT MATERIALS WE OFFER ARE
- RENEWABLE – a natural resource that replenishes itself naturally over time. Products that are made out of renewable materials can be either recyclable or compostable.
- RECYCLED – a product that has been reprocessed and the resulting material can now be manufactured into new products. Using recycled materials provides environmental benefits, saves resources, and avoids toxins and pollution when being used to manufacture new products.
- CERTIFIED COMPOSTABLE – the acknowledgement from an independent body that a product is made from materials which include being able to biodegrade, decompose, disintegrate and become soil in a set time frame under certain predefined conditions and without eco-toxicity.
- LOWER CARBON – the indication that a product, process/action or their result has a lesser impact on the environment based on carbon emissions released into the atmosphere emitted over the life cycle of that product or service.
- SUSTAINABLY SOURCED – materials sourced from agricultural by-products that eliminate this need for plants to be grown explicitly for our use in turn contributes to the decrease in greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of a field crop. By sourcing materials like sustainable paper and bamboo grown on farmlands and shrublands in Asia, no forestland is destroyed which in turn salvages trees, our best ally in capturing the staggering amount of GHGs that humans create and preventing the emissions created by cutting down trees, releasing into the atmosphere all the carbon they have stored.
- CERTIFIED FOOD SAFE – fiber products are sterilized and sanitized and conform to FDA guidelines undergoing a high temperature steam during the thermoforming process and UV light treatment at the end of the process for final sterilization.