CERTIFICATIONS & GLOSSARY
Green Wave Products are FDA approved and meet BPI and/or ASTM D6400 and D6868 standards. Our tableware products are designed to be composted in a commercial composting facility, and our dome lids are 100% recylable. Check with your city's waste management company to see if composting is part of your service.
BPI: Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), is a professional association of key individuals and groups from government, industry and academia, which uses scientifically based standards to determine if a product is compostable in a commercial facility within a specific time frame; this degradation period is accepted as 180 days as the terms “biodegradable” or “compostable” are essentially meaningless terms without being tied to a specific time frame and environment. Additionally, the biodegradation of tested material will not diminish the value or quality resulting from the compost process.
ASTM: ASTM International, formerly American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), defines compostable plastics: a plastic that undergoes degradation by biological processes during composting to yield carbon dioxide (CO2), water, inorganic compounds, and biomass at a rate consistent with other known compostable materials and that leaves no visible, distinguishable, or toxic residue.
ASTM D6400: Standard specification for compostable plastics.
ASTM D6868: Standard specification for biodegradable plastics used as coatings on paper and other compostable substrates.
Bagasse: Sugarcane fiber that remains after the juice is extracted from the sugar cane. This harvesting by-product used to be burned as waste, now it’s a resource for our white tableware lines, Evolution and Green Square.
PET: Polyethylene/PE and Polyethylene terephthalate/PET. PET products are derived from renewable plant resources (to create bio-plastics with the same chemical composition as the petroleum version) or petroleum-based resources. Bioplastics, however, are not yet recyclable and contaminate the recycling pool of petroleum-based plastics; that’s why our PET dome lids are petroleum-based – as it’s the most widely recycled plastic in the world and virtually all U.S. recycling programs accept PET containers.
PLA: Polylactic Acid (PLA), is a biodegradable polyester compound made from renewable resources such as plant starch (corn starch, tapioca roots, chips or starch or sugarcane, we use corn resources), or oils of soybean or hemp. Heat sensitive to 40º C. Commonly used to make bioplastic lids.
CPLA: A combination of PLA, chalk and other biodegradable resources to create a plastic-like product. We use corn resources as the plant base for our strong and sturdy cutlery line EPOCH.