A lot of our products are made from a bioplastic named PLA. We use PLA to have them produced into cups, salad boxes and coating for our coffee cups. PLA is made from the starches and sugars of corn and is completely biobased. The corn is milled and then the sugars are fermented into lactic acid. This lactic acid is then polymerised to create Poly Lactic Acid; PLA. The PLA pellets are then sent to factories all over the world to be turned into i.e. sustainable disposables. PLA products are known for their rigidity, transparency and being 100% compostable and food safe. PLA is not heat-resistant an therefore can only be used for cold drinks and dishes of up to 40 °C.
The production is also very sustainable because there is a 75% reduction in CO2 emission compared to regular oil plastic production. PLA is also certified compostable according to EN-13432 meaning that it degrades within 90 days in an industrial composting facility.
CPLA is also made from the sugars and starches of corn. But in the production process, talc is added so that the PLA crystallizes and Crystalized Poly Lactic Acid is created. CPLA consists out of 70 to 80% PLA and 30 to 20% talc so that a heat-resistant (up to 85 °C) and fully compostable bioplastic is created.