Loopy Lupine Distribution LLC

Food Service Disposables - Janitorial Supplies - Biodegradable - Recycled - Unbleached

 

Technical information and product details:

Biodegradable:

The term biodegradable means that the material will degrade, or break down, when in contact with naturally occurring microorganisms.  A biodegradable material does not necessarily completely break down in a composting situation in any specified time.

Compostable:

A compostable plastic is "capable of undergoing biological decomposition in a compost site as part of an available program, such that the plastic is not visually distinguishable and breaks down to carbon dioxide, water, inorganic compounds, and biomass, at a rate consistent with known compostable materials (e.g. cellulose). and leaves no toxic residue."  This definition is from ASTM, and illustrates how a material labeled compostable, by ASTM standards, must biodegrade in a certain period of time.  Additionally, in order to be labeled compostable, a bioplastic must:
1. Biodegrade - break down into carbon dioxide, water, biomass at the same rate as cellulose (paper).
2. Disintegrate - the material must be indistinguishable in the compost, not visible, and not needed to be screened out.
3. Eco-toxicity - the biodegradation does not produce any toxic material and the compost can support plant growth. 



Bioplastic Cutlery: 

The material is CPLA, crysatllized Poly Lactic Acid which is derived from corn and made by Ingeo, a division of Cargill-Dow.  The cutlery is certified compostable. 

Sugarcane Fiber Tableware:


The material, bagasse, is a byproduct of sugar refining.  The bagasse is taken to a pulp mill where it is cleaned and processed into usable pulp for making products like plates and clamshell containers.  The pulped products are then trimmed, dried, UV sterilized, and packaged.  The products are produced according to FDA standards for food service use in the US. 

PLA Products:

PLA stands for Poly Lactic Acid and is a plastic made from corn.  The material, called NatureWorks was developed by Cargill Dow, and is available for use as a petroleum plastic substitute for many products.  PLA is temperature sensitive, and is only useful for cold or luke-warm foods.  Things like salads, cold drinks, and cold sandwiches are ideal for PLA containers.  PLA containers are certified compostable by BPI


Loopycups:


We source our paper from forests that are certified to be harvested sustainably by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).  The coating applied to the paperboard is made from PLA as described above.  We take large sheets of the paperboard and print 12 cups per sheet.  The printed sheets are then fed through a die cutter to make the blanks for the cup machines.  The blanks (sidewalls) are then fed into our machines which seal the sides, press a bottom circle into the cup, seal the bottom by knurling, and then curl the top.  We have three machines, one for 12, 16, and 20 oz.  We have extensive quality control checks including testing one out of every 100 cups during production with test water of 180 degrees F or higher. 



If you have a technical question not answered here, please e-mail dale@loopylupine.com