OUT OF STOCK UNTILL APRIL 2020"Thee Friendliest Cup On The Planet". 100% compostable. Made of corn. 100% biodegradable.
Made in the USA. Box of 500 cups. 4 lbs.
PLA - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is PLA (Polylactide)?
The earth friendly resin used to make "Thee Friendliest Cups" is a biopolymer made from polylactide (PLA) that is derived from corn (PLA can be made from corn, soy protein, potatoes, etc.). These corn based resins are renewable, compostable & biodegradable.
Q: How is PLA different from the Polystyrene used in most disposable communion cups?
PLA is a renewable, compostable & biodegradable material that can biodegrade within months in a composting system. Polystyrene, a petroleum product used in most disposable communion cups, may take up to a thousand years to degrade.
Q: How long will PLA products take to degrade or compost?
The huge benefit of PLA as a bioplastic is the fact that it naturally degrades when exposed to the environment.
In a home composting system, as many gardeners experience, degradation times will vary 0based on heat, dirt, oxygen and bacteria. When the right conditions are in place PLA can degrade in 180 days or less.
In a commercial composting facility, PLA products may degrade in as few as 90 days.
For comparison a PLA bottle left in the ocean would normally degrade in six to 24 months. Conventional plastics, including Polystyrene can take several hundred to a thousand years to degrade in the same environment.
Find a composting facility near you: http://www.findacomposter.com/
Q: Can PLA products be thrown in to the regular trash?
Yes. Like all biodegradable products an appropriate amount of heat, moisture and air, etc will be needed for degradation.
Q: Can PLA products be thrown in to the recycling bin?
Shankar Srinivasan, Industrial Specialist at Iowa State University | CIRAS and PLA Guru states, "Yes, it can be recycled, however it will never be used for another food serving related product."Q: What is the difference between compostable and biodegradable?
Biodegradation is a natural process that can happen in a number of ways, including composting.
Composting is a very specific process that happens only in situations with the right microorganisms and environmental conditions present - and it creates humus, water and heat. Compostable products breakdown (or biodegrade) into compost through the composting process only. Other biodegradation processes do not make humus, which is an important part of soils.
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