These are plastics made from plants. The starch contained within the plant is processed to produce a polymer.
It is bio plastic cups and straws actually possible to produce most polymers from bio materials, but the bio plastics Happy Earth uses most commonly are Ingeo™ PLA (Poly-Lactic Acid).
Bio-plastics behave in a similar way to conventional
plastics and are suitable for most packaging applications.
However, unlike finite oil based plastics which take millions of years to form and hundreds of years to degrade, they are annually renewable and suitable for commercial or industrially produced compost within 12 weeks where facilities exist.
The material produced once sugar cane has been harvested for the sugar syrup is called bagasse.
This fibrous material is a renewable resource.
Sugar bagasse is turned into packaging products from its raw form using a process of heating, pulping and then pressurised moulding.
These are heat resistant and microwaveable making them ideal as hot food containers and best of all, Compostable Bagasse products are 100% plastic free!
Areca Palm Leaf
These products are natural and compostable.
They are very stylish, tough and heat resistant. Plates and bowls small Wholeleaf products have no pulp, no starch.
Really, it’s just a leaf fallen from a tree in India that’s been washed and pressed into unique tableware.
Once heat pressed (without chemicals, glue or anything else) the leaves become strong and durable. That is, until you’re ready to compost them and they go right back into the soil.
Because these plates are made from actual, nature-grown palm leaves varies in thickness from 2 to 4mm, as well as in colour and pattern, so you will find that every plate or bowl is completely unique!