- Microwave and freezer safe
- Handles hot liquids up to 200 Fahrenheit (moisture forms at the bottom for hot food items)
- Sterilized and sanitized, conforms to US Food & Drug Administration guidelines
- Fully compostable, sturdy and strong
The average person in the US consumes about 700 lbs of paper, making US the largest consumer of paper in the world. 90% of the printing/writing paper comes from virgin tree fiber. Conventional paper is also bleached using chlorine or chlorine derivatives, which create dioxins and other toxins and pollutants. Once used, paper generally ends up in the municipal waste stream, making up to 40% of the total waste, instead of being recycled and reused.
Producing recycled paper causes 74 percent less air pollution, 35 percent less water pollution, and creates 5 times the number of jobs than producing paper from trees. It saves old-growth trees, forest eco-systems, native habitat and biodiversity.
Recyclable, Recycled, Pre-Consumer Recycled, Post Consumer Waste Recycled
It is important to be clear about the meaning between the four terms.
- Recyclable - All paper is recyclable. The "recycling symbol" has very little meaning, as it can be used on items which can be "recycled" but may have zero recycled content.
- Recycled - Paper which is designated as "recycled" can be a mixture of virgin wood fiber, pre-consumer waste or post-consumer waste. There are two types of recycled paper: pre-consumer recycled paper and post consumer waste recycled paper.
- Pre-consumer content is paper made out of paper scraps and trimmings left over from the paper manufacturing process. These paper scraps and trimmings are easiest to recycle, as they do not have to be collected, separated, de-inked etc.
- Post consumer waste (PCW) is paper made out of paper which has been used by the end consumer and then is collected for recycling from various recycling programs. This is the best paper to buy, as it uses and creates demand for paper which would normally end up in the landfill and no trees are cut down for making the paper.