Biodegradable and compostable
Below we explain the difference between biodegradable and compostable. We also tell you what containers we use in TIKI POKE and everything about the PLA and its manufacturing process.
It is the product that can be broken down into natural chemical elements by the action of biological agents together with chemical agents under specific environmental conditions and that are transformed into nutrients, carbon dioxide, water and biomass. In this process, the product is reduced in fragments until there is nothing left. The big difference will be the time it takes for this process.
It is the product that can be decomposed under the conditions of the compost, a procedure in which man participates and that advances the natural process of biological decomposition (between 8 and 12 weeks) with the help of temperature and microorganisms. In this process the material will give carbon dioxide, water, minerals and organic fertilizer.
In conclusion biodegradable materials do not necessarily have to be compostable but compostable materials are biodegradable by definition. On the other hand, the decomposition process under compost is carried out in a shorter period of time and in a few weeks it returns to the earth as an organic fertilizer, creating a sustainable life cycle that reduces CO2 emissions to the environment and preserves uncontrolled exploitation in Obtaining raw materials.
At TIKI POKE all our packaging are compostable so they are also biodegradable. Our bowls and glasses are made of PLA and our CPLA holders. Do you know these terms?
PLA Y CPLA BIOPLÁSTICOS
PLA abbreviation of polylactic acid (polylactide) is a polymer obtained by polymerization of lactic acid as the main raw material. Mainly used as raw material plants of sustainable production crops such as corn, cassava or potato. The production of PLA implies a 62% reduction of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. In the production process the starch of these plants is obtained and it becomes polymer thanks to specific microorganisms that help by fermentation to create a lactic acid chain that will result in a PLA granulate for the production of future ecological and compostable containers . PLA materials are not suitable for hot meals since they do not withstand temperatures above 45ºC. That is why it is ideal for use with cold dishes such as salads or Poké, and as they are compostable they can be decomposed into compost and produce organic fertilizer to grow new plantations to produce PLA.
CPLA is a material obtained by crystallization of PLA. After the crystallization treatment, it converts this material that did not accept high temperatures into a material capable of withstanding higher temperatures (up to 85 ° C). As the PLA is biodegradable and compostable according to EN13432. Once crystallized, the CPLA loses its original transparency and takes a milk white color.