Plant Fiber


 

Wheatstraw: Remaining Wheat Stalks
Wheatstraw is also biodegradable and compostable. Wheatstraw is the remaining plant material after the wheat grain and chaff have been extracted from the plant. Our products are made from the wheat stalks and not from the food grain which stores proteins and allergens. Our products meet FDA standards for food contact and are Gluten-Free . They are tested for wheat gluten and gliadins, the primary allergens in wheat grain and show no allergens detected at the testing limit of 5ppm (parts per million) of either of these compounds. The current FDA proposal for “gluten free” for food is 20ppm.

Unbleached Plant Fiber
We now offer "unbleached" plant fiber products- in a natural light brown color. Bleaching is usually unnecessary, creates pollution, and is mostly done using chlorine or chlorine compounds, which release "dioxins" - persistent organic pollutants which do not break down easily and accumulate in the food stream. While in the past we have used elemental chlorine free bleached pulp, we are happy to move towards only carrying "unbleached" bagasse items as they become available to us.

Estimated Composting Times


The rate of biodegration for different biocompostables is dependent upon the composition and thickness of the material as well as composting conditions. Commercial composting facilities grind the materials, turn over the piles and reach high temperatures, thus reducing the amount of time it takes to compost and, is thus, the recommended method for composting these products. Home composting rates are slower and can vary, depending on how frequently the pile is turned over, the moisture and material content and the temperature.

Working Conditions for Workers
The tableware is made in Chinese factories that pays its workers fair living wages in accordance with living standards in China and does not employ children. The factory also provides housing, regular meals, normal work hours, etc. for its workers. We have conducted third-party audits on the working conditions of factories. A summary of these audits can be downloaded from our Reports Page.