All materials compost over time - even nuclear waste is biodegradable in something like 1 million years. Unless there is a claim following a biodegradable statement with a time frame or under certain conditions, be very wary of that word and many other frequently used terms. Most certifications for compostability are intended for industrial composting. That means that the product probably won't be biodegradable at all in a landfill. Landfills are not designed to breakdown waste, only to store it; waste is usually encapsulated and void of the oxygen needed to decompose even a banana peel. Luckily, there are many composters throughout the United States that have residential and commercial pick-up. We encourage you to contact those in your area and find out about their services!
Don't fall for the Green Leaves
The problem with
green-friendly packaging and marketing
All of our products will behave exactly as the certification promises. However, for our product to fully decompose, it is important that you find a composter who can properly break down your single-use disposables, returning its nutrients back to the earth. Unless a product is certified for home composting, you shouldn't throw it in your own composting bin.
These are rapidly renewable resources, which means they are natural materials that are produced at the same rate or faster rate than they are consumed.
Sugarcane – After sugarcane is processed the crushed stalks are usually thrown out or incinerated. We work directly with manufacturers who turn this by-product into a pulp that is used to create our plates and bowls. This puts sugar cane into the class of a re-claimed product.
This material is heavy duty, withstands heat, and can be composted. By purchasing our sugar cane plates, you are ensuring that no virgin forests were cut down to create paper plates.
Wheat Straw – Our Wheat Straw products are made from the leftover stalk after wheat grains are harvested. We work directly with manufacturers who turn this by-product into a pulp that is then used to create our to-go containers.
This material is heavy duty, withstands heat, and can be composted. By choosing wheat straw products you are ensuring that no virgin forests are cut down to create paper products.