FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE THESE PRODUCTS MADE FROM?
Bio Cane™ -
Bio Coffee Cup™ -
Bio Grade 300™ Cutlery -
Bio Wrap™ Bio Based GMO free cellulose.
Compost Liner™ -
NatureWorks® PLA -
HOW ARE THESE PRODUCTS MANUFACTURED?
Our goal in working with all our suppliers is to design substrates that can run on conventional equipment.
Bio Cane™ is a pressing operation. This is the only equipment that is not conventional processing equipment. Very similar to some paper production equipment.
Bio Coffee Cup™ is a pressing operation for the shape and then dipped into our Soy based coating.
Bio Grade 300™ Cutlery is an injection molding process.
Bio Wrap™ is extruded on conventional film line equipment.
Compost Liner™ is a blown extrusion process.
NatureWorks® PLA: Cups and "to go" containers are thermal-
HOW LONG DO THESE PRODUCTS TAKE TO BREAKDOWN, & WHY?
All of the products sold LLC meet the ASTM standards and DIN CERTCO (Europe) for degradability.
The more active and prevalent the microbial life, the faster the material will break down. Combined with heat and moisture Bio Cane™ Bio Coffee Cup™ Bio Grade 300™, Bio Wrap™, Compost Liner™ and Nature Works™ PLA, will break down faster the smaller they are fractured. Jut like any organic material the smaller the piece the faster they degrade.
Bio Cane™, Bio Coffee Cup™ are designed to degrade 100% in a commercial compost facility in 35 to 50 days. Home composting designed to degrade 100% in 60 to 90 days. Marine environment in 40 to 60 days.
Bio Grade 300™ Cutlery is designed to degrade 100% in 60 to 90 days. Home composting 70 to 90 days must be fractured. Marine environment in 70 to 90 days.
Bio Wrap™ is designed to degrade 100% in a commercial compost facility in 40 to 60 days. Will also degrade in home composting in 45 to 75 days and marine environments in 40 to 60 days.
Compost Liner™ is designed to degrade 90% in 45 days and 100% in commercial composting facility in 75 to 90 days. Home composting in 75 to 100 days. Marine environment in 70 to 95 days.
NatureWorks® PLA: Must be fractured, temperature must exceed 125° F and is only recommended for composting in commercial composting facility's or well maintained home composting facility's.
WILL THESE PRODUCTS ACCEPT HOT FOOD & BEVERAGES?
Bio Cane™ will accept hot food and foods can be reheated in a microwave. Heat stable to 420° F. Bio Cane™ also has excellent insulation value so hot foods stay cool to the touch.
Bio Coffee Cup™ will accept hot coffee and will not leak with our Soy based coating.
Bio Grade 300™ is suitable for hot food, soup and can be used in a dishwasher. If placed in a dishwasher if removed immediately the cutlery will be soft but not lose its shape. Just wait a few minutes at room temperature and Bio Grade 300™ will come back to its superior strength, compared to petroleum based products.
Bio Wrap™ films are heat stable to 430° F, allowing for use in a microwave or conventional oven. Great for lidding for prepared meals and Popcorn bags for microwave.
Compost Liner™ is heat stable to 240° F allowing hot food, hot coffee and the coffee grounds to be placed directly into the bag with no degrading. Try this with other bags that meet ASTM standard of compost ability -
Nature Works® PLA: Not suitable for hot food. Must be stored and transported in no higher than 110° F.
What is the Symbol for compost ability?
At this time there are 6 symbols to represent the most popular plastics. All other products fall under the #7 symbol that represents OTHER.