Preserve Compostables are made from plants and return to the soil when the party is over. Friends? Check. Cake? Check? Festive drinks? Check. Landfill? No way!
A product is never only just a product. Every product is wrapped up in a system. For years our tableware products have been enveloped in a system of reusability. We've designed them to be made from strong, recycled polypropylene and ensured that they were dishwasher safe and durable. But we know that tableware is not always used where reuse systems exist. The picnic on the farm. The dorm with no dishwashers. The birthday party that overwhelms your kitchen. Compostable systems are a great option and we've created a product line ready for those situations.
Just as the recycling landscape has evolved over the last 20 years, so has composting. Backyard composting is more common and more and more cities are working to divert food waste to composters and away from landfills. Cities that are able to compost, rather than landfill their food waste, emit fewer greenhouse gasses. In order for a product to be termed compostable in the United States, it needs to break down into soil in either a backyard or commercial composting facility and leave nothing behind but dirt! Good compostable products don't contain any ingredients that negatively impact the soil.
Preserve compostables are made from sustainably harvested trees and plants, including bamboo and cassava. They are all manufactured in the USA from nontoxic , renewable sources, and are gluten free too! All of our compostable products, with the exception of our cups, are backyard compostable. The liners necessary to make cups functional slow their breakdown, and therefore require a commercial facility. Of course, if you don't have a backyard compost bin, but do have access to a commercial facility, the straws, bowls, and plates can go there too! Due to their smaller sizes, backyard compost bins simply cannot get as hot as a commercial facility, and the heat generated through the breakdown of organic material is a large part of what allows products to degrade.