Plants, Not Petroleum
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Americans generated over 413 million tons of waste in 2006, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, of which nearly 12% or 48 million tons was plastic waste. This amounts to 464 million kWh hours of electricity (enough to power your house for 43,552 years). Plastic waste that is not incinerated or illegally dumped into the oceans is put into landfills or recycled into lower quality plastic. Annually, more than 20 million tons of plastic is placed in U.S. landfills.
In an effort to minimize waste, we chose to make our products out of potato or cornstarch, wheat straw and bagasse (sugarcane) as alternatives to plastic. Our life cycle assessment shows that bioplastics like PLA need less manufacturing energy and water and generate less waste. In contrast, petroleum-based plastics use more energy and water and emit large amounts of carbon and solid waste. Choosing products made from plants, not petroleum, conserves oil resources and supports cleaner production while protecting our health.