We believe that if anyone wants to make change, they should first focus within their own industries. What better place to start than where you have the most influence, experience and expertise?
And for us, that’s packaging. We believe composting will become the future of the industry, and we’re proud to support individuals and businesses making a switch to compostables by supplying quality products, information and guidance.
Below is a list of our materials that we use for our compostable range. Each has its own unique properties and uses, as well as environmental benefits.
A waste product, sugarcane bagasse is what's left over after sugarcane stalks have been crushed to extract its juice for sugar manufacturing.
Before it’s properties as a malleable, durable, and breathable material were discovered, large amounts of bagasse were burned as a means of disposal, release thousands of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. Thankfully, these days we harness it’s amazing properties as a material to produce plates, bowls, trays and cups.
By choosing sugarcane bagasse, you’re choosing to go with a waste byproduct that is always produced, instead of a material that is specifically farmed. Bagasse also requires less energy in the manufacturing process because it’s already pulped into a fibrous material. And because it’s naturally leak and oil proof, no PLA lining is needed, making it both home and industrial compost safe.
People might think of wood products as being unsustainable or not eco-friendly - I mean, how can they be? These forks, spoons and knives used to be trees!
But the fact is that all our wood and paper products are sourced from forests that are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) approved. This means that all our suppliers meet the FSC’s rigorous best practice standards, ensuring forests are healthy, farmed sustainably, and bring positive change to local communities as well as providing jobs.
Tried and true, wood is a classic all rounder material that is strong, durable, oil and leak proof that also looks great. It has a timeless feel that pairs well with any type of cuisine, and can be used to make essentially anything to suit your food service needs.
Durable, bamboo is an extremely strong material. Depending on the bamboo product (for hygienic reasons), it can be reused multiple times before disposal.
It’s also one of the fastest growing grasses in the world, managing to grow 91 cm each day. This speedy regeneration makes it ‘super’ renewable and a sustainable choice, requiring less land to produce high quantities. Also home and industrial compost safe, so you can return it back to the earth.
Harvested bamboo doesn’t require replanting either; instead it can regenerate from it’s cut stem, further reducing the amount of resources spent maintaining it!
Similar to sugarcane bagasse, areca palm leaves are a byproduct of farming. Planted throughout Asia, the areca palm sheds its large leaves every few weeks, providing a sustainable and eco-friendly resource.
Once upon a time these leaves were burned, but now we use them to create plates, bowls and trays. After collection and cleaning, they are heat pressed into their desired shape - and that's it! No other processing is required! The end result is totally natural tableware, meaning that it’s also home and industrial compost safe.
Strong, semi-flexible (but not brittle) and water and heat resistant, our areca palm products can actually be used to bake (45 minutes at 350º) or even thrown in the microwave for up to two minutes!
To top it off, each leaf has its own natural grain, texture and colour, giving each product its own unique pattern and feel, making for truly eye catching and beautiful tableware.
Our bio based plastics are made from Ingeo PLA, produced from corn to ensure an annually renewable resource. PLA production also generates fewer greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional plastic production.
It’s important to note that BioPlastics must be disposed of in organics bins, as they are not able to be mixed with traditional plastics in regular recycle. They are also only industrial compost safe, and won’t break down in your home compost bin.
If you’re set on having clear cups, BioPlastic is your best bet!
Each material is oil-proof and waterproof, and can be stored in your fridge or freezer without issue. And thats it - all the materials that make up our compostable range!
With these materials we make a huge range of products, from bowl, plates and skewers to tongs, straws and trays. Our compostable range is massive, and we’re sure to be able to supply you with everything you need to get started on your compostable journey.
To see our catalogue for our full compostable range, please click the image below!