NEW CONTAINERS ARE HERE – Compostable and Biodegradable

As a part of our continuing effort to “green” our business practices as much as possible, we have started using a new container for a single jumbo cupcake.

It is compostable, biodegradable, made of corn, and really durable. It is from a company called ecoproducts. Here is an excerpt from their website about our new cups:

What are Corn Plastics?

Corn plastics are plastics made from PLA (polylactide).  PLA is made from corn.  Corn plastic products look and feel just like regular plastic, but they are 100% biodegradable and compostable.  Corn is a renewable resource which makes corn plastics much more sustainable than regular plastic.  

What is PLA?

PLA stands for Polylactide, and is a versatile polymer produced by NatureWorks LLC. PLA is made from lactic acid. Lactic acid is made from dextrose by fermentation. Dextrose is made from cornstarch and cornstarch is made from carbon dioxide and water.  PLA can be formed into several different products.

How long does PLA take to biodegrade or compost?

PLA is fully compostable and biodegradable.  In commercial composting conditions, PLA will compost in approximately 30-45 days.  Composting may take longer in a home composting bin.  

If I throw PLA in the trash, will it biodegrade in a landfill? 

Most landfills are not designed to allow biodegrading of their contents.  With that being said, PLA will react in landfills like other organic waste such as food.  PLA is fully compostable in a composting facility.  In addition, PLA is made from a renewable resource – corn – instead of regular plastic that is made from oil. 

These new containers are also recyclable as a #7 plastic where available.

 

This is all a part of our Green Packaging Program that includes:

Custom cupcake boxes (2 pack, 6 pack, and 12 pack) for jumbos that are made from corrugated cardboard and are recyclable

Mini cupcake containers that are recyclable as a #6 plastic

Brown Kraft 100% recyclable bags

…and coming soon, corn forks, corn knives, corn “plastic” bags, and corn straws!

Thanks for supporting green businesses!

~Lisa and Peter

 

 

 

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