Below are are the main materials that we currently work with:
PolyLactic Acid (PLA)
Polylactic Acid or more commonly known as PLA is a biodegradable and compostable bioplastic derived from renewable resources such as corn starch. It is certified compostable and takes around 90 days to go through the biodegradation process in a commercial composting facility. PLA is often compared to PET as they share similar physical properties.
Plant Starch (PSM)
PSM, also known as plant starch material is a biodegradable alternative to plastic and is produced using a mix of starch and plastic. The mix is made of about 70% renewable plant starch and 30% plastic. Modification to the material itself allows PSM to be one of the most heat resistant bioplastics in the market. PSM material is not compostable but a more sustainable alternative to petroleum based products
Straw residue being considered an agricultural waste for many, can be treated into packaging due its fibrous material which can be molded into products. It is a 100% compostable material that takes around 6 months to biodegrade.
Bagasse is the fibre that remains after sugarcane is treated for its juice. Once extracted, what remains is a very dry fibrous material that can be used and molded into different packaging products such as containers, clamshells and others. It is often naturally bleached to make the material in white color. Bagasse is a 100% compostable material and takes around 45 to 60 days to fully biodegrade.
Kraft is derived from wood through a process that converts wood material into wood pulp. It is one of the most commonly used material in the F&B industry and comes in white or brown colors. Kraft is a 100% compostable and easy to recycle material when not mixed with other materials.
Polyethylene is the most common plastic material on the market due to its flexibility and uses across several industries. It is unfortunately not compostable but can be recycled with other plastic materials. PE is mainly used for coating kraft items such as coffee cups and boxes making the packaging greaseproof and waterproof while being heat resistant.