Some frequently asked questions and answers relating to the world of biodegradable & compostable cups.
Why do I need cups that are compostable ?
Compostable means something is certified to break down in under 12 weeks, whereas the term biodegradable does not give a timeframe. Wood is biodegradable, but something made of wood can last for generations. The real guarantee is a compostability certification.
How do compostable products help with recycling ?
Disposables that are compostable are designed to be recycled with food waste in an industrial composting facility. This means no need for sorting compostable cups, lids, burger boxes etc, as they can all go together with the food that has been left on them & this keeps other bins cleaner & easier to sort for recycling. This helps protect against food contamination in other recycling streams.
If compostable is key, is ‘recyclable’ still important ?
Recyclable products are still very important, and we should be doing everything we can to recycle. One of the main problems with recycling is food contamination, therefor, it makes sense to use materials that can be recycled together with food.
What are the cups actually made from ?
PLA, Polylactic Acid, a compostable material made from plants that replaces conventional plastics. Recycled sugarcane fibre is another material used.
If I haven’t got access to a commercial composting solution or even unable to compost with food waste, i.e when I’m out and about .. what’s the point ?
The earth doesn’t have infinite resources, so switching to renewable materials is the natural progression. Plant based materials are enjoyed by many, knowing they reduce their carbon footprint & help towards everyone’s environmental responsibility. This also reduces conventional plastic use to environments where they can’t be easily replaced.