When it comes to disposable tableware, you can find many materials to choose from and it can be hard to distinguish Eco-friendly materials from the others. It actually isn’t that hard to figure out if you have the right information. Compostable, biodegradable and recyclable are features you should be looking for and here is a list of different Eco-friendly materials used to make disposable tableware.
- Sugarcane: Also called pulp or bagasse, sugarcane – that used to be considered useless and destroyed – comes from the natural residue of the sugarcane harvest which makes it 100% biodegradable and compostable.
- Bamboo: Fastest growing plant on the planet, bamboo grows up to 24 inches daily with very little water and no chemicals. 100% biodegradable, bamboo is one of the most popular materials used for disposable tableware and utensils.
- Palm Leaf: Without cutting down a single tree, palm tree sheaths can be collected, cleaned and manufactured to make great disposable tableware that are 100% biodegradable and compostable.
- Wood: Very natural product – recyclable and biodegradable – wood is always a good Eco-friendly choice when it comes to tableware.
- Cardboard & Paper: Natural and recyclable, paper products are an affordable approach to disposable tableware and definitely are a green alternative to plastic.
- Cornstarch: Once it is converted to a thermoplastic polyester known as PLA, cornstarch is entirely compostable – thus very Eco-friendly – and is just as strong as regular plastic. Very versatile material, PLA can however not withstand high temperatures.
You now have basic knowledge on the most commonly used materials to make Eco-friendly disposable tableware and utensils. Depending on what you are looking for or what your needs are you can pick one of them and make sure your still respect the earth and environment!
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