Zilchables® are compostable because of what we make them with: 100% renewable resources.
PLA (and PLA-Lined Paper)
Our cutlery is made from a plant-based biopolymer known as PLA (polylactic acid). PLA performs much like traditional plastics, but with the crucial benefit of being compostable in commercial compost facilities.
Unlike traditional plasticware, Zilchables® makes products from 100% renewable resources—like corn—instead of oil. These crops grow back again every year, unlike oil which is nonrenewable.
Just like us, you probably want to know how Ingeo™ is made. Ingeo™ is made from dextrose (sugar) that is derived from corn or other cellulosic plant starches.
The largest producer of PLA today is a company called NatureWorks®. According to NatureWorks®, right now...
- We use less than 1/20th of 1% (0.05%) of the annual global corn crop today, so there's little to no impact on food prices or supply.
- The process does not require corn, we only need a sugar source.This could include sugar beets, sugarcane, wheat and more.
The End of Life for Ingeo™
Ingeo™ is made from renewable plant materials. It is also BPI certified compostable – that means you can compost these products in commercial compost facilities when you are done with them. This is a great end-of-life alternative to the landfill for single-use items like our cups and cutlery.
Wheat Straw Pulp
Our plates are made with a wheat byproduct—the stalk. The grain part that we use for food is a very small part of the plant, and the stalks have to go somewhere. That's where we come in!
We pulp the stalks and combine them with a little bit of water to make a slurry. Then we pump the slurry into molds to form the plates. Because we only pulp the fibers once and don't bleach out the natural brown color of the straw, our plates are stronger and lighter than plates from other companies
The End of Life for WSP
Our plates literally are made with only one ingredient - wheat stalks. So you can rest assured knowing they'll compost in a commercial facility with no problem.