THE STORY BEHIND OUR MATERIALS
We know that a lot of people are open to changing their buying habits. They’re looking for reasons to make the switch to more natural products but find themselves greenwashed by what’s currently available on the market.
Our mandate is to make sure that anyone interested in our products has full disclosure regarding what they’re buying as well as how they’re making an impact by choosing honest, raw products. So we bring you the story behind each material we’ve chosen to use across our entire line of products:
Bamboo is one of the most – if not the most – sustainable materials nature has to offer. It comes from the grass family and grows at a surprisingly fast rate. Some bamboo can grow between two to three feet in a 24-hour period! Since less area is required to harvest bamboo, the surrounding (and often endangered) habitat remains untouched.
In our search for materials with the strength to cut food while remaining compostable (and affordable), we
chose sustainably grown FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified birch. Birch trees are an abundant and relatively fast-growing hardwood species that cause minimal destruction of biodiversity when cut down. Birch is a sustainable and durable choice that has less impact on the environment than alternative hardwoods, which have lengthier growing periods.
The plant fiber used in our plates and
lids is raw material obtained after wheat and bamboo have been harvested.
The strong, fibrous stalks are molded
into plates, bowls, cups and other products. The products created from
this process are 100% biodegradable
and compostable. Unlike paper
products, our plates and bowls don’t require the cutting down of trees.
End-of-life recycled cardboard is cardboard that has been recycled
so many times that the fibers are shortened and have limited ability to
be made into high-end paper products. Often, they are accidentally sent to landfills. By collecting this end-of-life cardboard, putting it into a large
blender and adding water as well as
our bio-based additive, we form it
into our Greenlid shape.
After harvesting the grain, the wheat stalk is normally disposed of in compost facilities or landfills. By fashioning the natural wheat stalk into a replacement for plastic straws, we reduce both wheat and plastic waste. No additives or processing is required with natural wheat stalks.
The palm leaf production process does not involve any chemicals, additives, synthetic material or strengthening agents. It is a 100% chemical-free
product. Palm leaf plates and bowls
are made from fallen dry leaves, which
are otherwise wasted, sent to
landfills or composted.