Questions & Answers

Lake and Mountain LandscapeOne of the key materials used in BioWare products is PLA. PLA is used in our cold cups and fresh produce containers that you find at the supermarket. 

What is PLA?
PLA stands for polylactic acid and is a polymer derived from starch rich plants such as corn, wheat and beetroot.
How is PLA made?
Starch is broken down into natural plant sugars which then undergo processes such as fermentation to produce PLA.
What makes PLA an environmentally friendly material?
It's made from annually renewable natural resources. Once finished with, PLA products are also fully compostable in industrial composting facilities.
Why is corn used to make PLA?
Natural sugar is essential to the manufacture of PLA, and corn is an abundant crop that has a high content of natural sugar.
How much corn is required to produce 1kg of PLA?
On average, approximately 2.5kg of corn is required per kg of PLA.
Is PLA compostable and biodegradable?
Yes, in an industrial composting facility.
What is the difference between biodegradable and compostable?
Biodegradable materials are ones that can decompose into very small pieces by biological activity and changes to the chemical structure of the material. Materials which can fully decompose back to soil, leaving no visible, distinguishable or toxic residue, in a set time frame and under pre-defined conditions, are considered compostable. In other words, composting is a complete form of biodegradability.
How long will it take for a PLA cup to fully compost?
A PLA tumbler will compost in 6-8 weeks in industrial composting facilities.
What are Chinet BioWare products made of?
Post-industrial paper cup cuttings are used to produce the molded fibre.
What happens to the water used in the Chinet BioWare manufacturing process?
The water is recycled.

 

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