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Learn about the Sustainable Materials in our Products

Updated: Jun 14, 2022

All of the materials used to make Greenlid products are natural and sustainable, which means they are fully compostable and outside of any single-use plastic bans. Greenlid provides truly sustainable options for all of your disposable tableware needs.

Learn about each of our products, and what natural resources we use to create them.


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.

Where do we use bamboo?

We use bamboo in our coffee cups, coffee cup lids, and in our plant-fiber plates & takeout containers.

Plant Fiber

The plant fiber used in our plates and lids is a raw material obtained after wheat and bamboo have been harvested. The products created from this process are 100% biodegradable and compostable. Unlike paper products, our plant-fiber products don’t require the cutting down of trees.

Where do we use plant-fiber?

The strong, fibrous stalks are molded into plates, bowls, cups, and other products like our takeout containers and other foodservice items

Wheat Stalk

Wheat straw is the stalk left over after wheat grains are harvested. While the stalks are usually treated as waste or burned, Greenlid repurposes this left-over material. By diverting this natural material from the waste pile, we are reclaiming a resource to make a truly compostable product.

Where do we use Wheat Stalk?

Greenlid repurposes this usually unused material for wheat straws. Our wheat straws are compostable, gluten-free, and don’t get soggy!


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. All of our birch comes from Sustainably Managed Forests.

Where do we use Birch?

All of Greenlid's disposable cutlery is made with birch.

Recycled cardboard

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.

Where do we use recycled cardboard?

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 compostable garbage bins and eco coolers.

Palm Leaf

There are over 2,500 species of palm trees that can be found in extremely humid and dry climates. The abundance of palm trees in these areas encourages people to use them for resources and for natural materials - especially their fallen leaves. The palm leaf production process does not involve any chemicals, additives, synthetic materials, or strengthening agents. It is a 100% chemical-free product.

Where do we use Palm Leaves?

Our Palm Leaf plates and bowls are made from fallen dry leaves, which are otherwise wasted, sent to landfills, or composted.

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