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Materials


What is PLA?

PLA stands for polylactic acid, or Polylactide. Lactic acid is made from dextrose by fermentation. Dextrose is made from starch, and starch is produced from plant sources, such as corn, sugarcane or beets. PLA is clear and strong like petroleum-based plastic, but can be commercially composted. 


What is post-consumer recycled plastic?

Post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic is derived from an end product, such as a clear water bottle, that has completed its life and been recovered from waste.


What does annually renewable mean?

The term refers to products that are made from resources that can be replenished naturally within one year.


Greenware Cups are marked with the resin identification code 7. Does this mean that Greenware Cups contain BPA?

No. Greenware Cups are made with PLA. Bisphenol-A (BPA) is not used, directly or indirectly, in manufacture of any Fabri-Kal products, including PLA-based products.


Do Greenware products have special usage or storage requirements ?

Yes. Greenware Cups, Portion Cups and On-The-Go Boxes made with PLA should be shipped, stored and used under 105º F. Greenware products made from PLA should also be used and stored out of direct sunlight.

Composting


What does compostable mean?

Compostable is a material's ability to biodegrade within a sufficiently short amount of time in the conditions of a composting operation. Many biodegradable products are not compostable, and the terms are not equivalent. 


What is the difference between compostable and biodegradable?

Biodegradable and compostable are not interchangeable. Biodegradable means that something will eventually be broken down by microbes over time. The term is unqualified and generic. It does not specify how a product will degrade in a specific environment. Compostable is a material's ability to biodegrade within a sufficiently short amount of time in the conditions of a composting operation. The Sustainable Packaging Coalition views compostability as a more meaningful indicator of a package's ability to undergo an environmentally beneficial process at end-of-life.


Are Greenware products compostable?

Greenware products are certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) for compostability. Greenware PLA products meet international standard ASTM 6400 for compostability and Greenware Fiber products meet international standard ASTM 6868 for compostability. Greenware products are compostable in actively managed municipal or industrial facilities, which may not be available in your area. Click here to find a composter.

Recycling


Are PLA products recyclable?

Most U.S. based recyclers do not currently recycle PLA-based products.          

Are PET products recyclable?

Yes. Recent data suggests that facilities that recycle PET cups and containers are available to a substantial majority of U.S. consumers. Check with Earth911 to learn more.