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Eco Glossary

so what does it really all mean...
in 'plain english'?


A biodegradable product has the ability to break down safely and relatively quickly by microbial activity, into CO2, water and biomass.


This is a biodegradable material which breaks down under composting conditions within a given time scale. Our compostable products can break down in as little as 12 weeks in the right environment!


Sustainable sourcing exists to reduce the long-term impact of catering disposables on the environment. Our sustainable ranges are made from board which is sourced from managed and regularly re-planted forests. Such control helps to stop the depletion of natural resources and minimise ecological damage.


This term applies to materials that commonly contain additives to accelerate the breakdown process. The materials are usually petro-chemical based and may still take several years to disintegrate.


A recyclable product or material is usually separated from the conventional waste streams and routed to specialist waste separation so they can be reused. Glass, metal cans, paper and cardboard are typically handled in this way. Plastics are harder to recycle because of the many different polymers that are used.


Polylactic acid – or PLA – is derived from cornstarch resin and that of other natural starches, which are wholly renewable and therefore a completely sustainable resource for packaging. PLA is light, but durable and is safe and non-toxic. Cornstarch packaging is 100% compostable and like a vegetable, will reduce down to carbon dioxide and water.


Sugarcane is a natural by-product of the sugar industry in South East Asia that would conventionally be discarded or burnt, in order to dispose of it. Compliant with EN13432 (the European standard of compostability), our catering disposables made from this material can tolerate the freezer or microwave, and won’t absorb oil or leak.


It’s one of the oldest raw materials known to man, but to continue to use it on a large scale, we need to source it responsibly and sustainably. Our wood products are made from timber sourced from Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified European timber producers. The FSC employs strict management procedures to ensure the wood is sustainably harvested.

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