We chose to run with this theme to highlight the plight of our ocean environment and the impacts our choices have on ocean organisms.
These unique style premium paper straws would add colour and fun to any venue, occasion or event, the only dilemma is which one to choose!
Why use Compostable Products?
Compostable food packaging can be disposed of together with food waste and does not require sorting. It can be processed and turned into compost which then can be used to grow more food or to create renewable energy and fertiliser. This supports a circular economic system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources.
What are Compostable Products?
There are different types of compostable products which require different composting processes. Some are suitable for home compost systems and worm farms while others require a special set of conditions only available at commercial composting facilities.
Suitable for home or commercial composting process
Composting refers to the process of producing compost through aerobic decomposition of biodegradable organic matter. The decomposition is performed primarily by aerobes, although larger creatures such as ants, nematodes, and oligochaete worms also contribute.
Composting can be divided into the two areas; home composting and commercial composting. Both types of composting use the same biological processes, however techniques and different factors must be considered.
Products suitable for home composting
(These products can also be processed at a commercial composting facility):
Wooden serving ware: boats, cones and cups
Sugarcane bagasse or bamboo fibres: plates, trays, cups and clamshells
Wooden cutlery: forks, sporks, knives, spoons, teaspoons
Cardboard and paper goods: trays, sleeves, cup trays, pizza boxes, paper bags, napkins, greaseproof paper
Products suitable for commercial composting only
Paper cups with PLA lining
Food containers with PLA lining
PLA clear cups and deli containers
PLA bioplastics are produced from PLA (poly-lactic-acid) harvested from corn starch, which is a natural, annually renewable resource. The production of PLA produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional plastic production. PLA can be composted in commercial compost facilities.
Sugarcane Bagasse / Pulp
Sugarcane bagasse is the dry fibrous residue left after sugarcane stalks have been crushed and the juice has been extracted mainly for sugarcane manufacturing. It is less energy using the already crushed fibres to make bagasse products compared with pulping wood for paper products.
Bamboo / Pulp / Paper
Bamboo is fast growing and regenerates quickly; it rarely needs replanting and does not require irrigation. Bamboo can be harvested in 3-5 years.
Sugarcane baggase and bamboo products are made to decompose in a commercial composting facility within 60-90 days. Suitable for home composting as well. Composting may take longer in a home composting environment. Complies with ASTM D6868 and EN13432 reports for compostability.
Wood / paper / FSC Certified
Sourced from sustainably managed, quick growing Birch forests, the raw material is a renewable natural resource used for wooden cutlery, and paper cups manufactured from wood fibre.
Paper cups are lined with PLA lining and are compostable in commercial composting facilities only.
Wooden cutlery is both home and commercially compostable.
Cardboard / Recycled content
Cardboard is made from a renewable resource, easily recyclable and compostable, with less production emissions.
The original raw material used is wood fibre to produce cardboard, that then gets collected and recycled from secondary raw material. Cardboard can be composted both at home and commercially.
Areca Palm Leaves
Areca trees have naturally large leaves or fronds that fall to the ground and are collected. Traditionally these leaves are collected and burned. Tableware sourced from this material turns the leaves into disposable plates, bowls and platters, which are naturally compostable and biodegradable.
Areca is a strong, semi flexible yet not brittle, odourless, water and heat resistant leaf, making it an ideal material for disposable products.
The leaves are collected and sorted, washed and heat pressed into a variety of shapes. Each product is unique with a natural grain. No pulp or starch is added.
Areca palm leaf products are both home and commercially compostable.
PLA Biobased Plastic
Ingeo PLA (Polylactic Acid) biobased plastic is produced from corn. The production of PLA produces fewer carbon emissions when compared to conventional plastic.
PLA bioplastic products are compostable in commercial composting facilities only, although in Australia there are few facilities available currently.
Clear PLA bioplastic products such as cups and containers are heat sensitive and must be stored out of direct sun, away from any heat source, being stored under 35 degrees Celsius.
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