Biodegradable dishes and glasses: advantages, use and disposal of disposable products that are environmentally friendly and free of contaminants.
I dishes e i biodegradable glasses are increasingly popular, as a viable alternative to plastic analogs. This is the latest trend in terms of environmental sustainability, in order not to give up the practicality of these daily tools without however producing waste from the complex disposal. But what are the characteristics of biodegradable plates and glasses, what are they in advantages and how are they disposed of?
There are many occasions for using disposable tableware, from a frugal lunch outdoors to a small birthday party for the little ones. Resort to plastic however, it is harmful, since plates, glasses and cutlery represent the first waste that accumulates in the environment. Just think how seas and beaches are now submerged. This is why it is better to choose biodegradable and compostable solutions, with a very low impact.
Biodegradable plates and glasses: the materials
In the universe of disposable tableware, biodegradable and compostable plates and glasses have been on the market for some time. These are products made with special materials, in most cases of vegetable origin, which degrade easily over time with contact with water, soil and exposure to atmospheric agents. Since made in natural fibersmoreover, they do not represent an environmental risk: their decomposition is not contaminating.
Today, different types of materials are available on the market for the production of these comfortable and sustainable objects:
- Pulp of cellulose: it is a particular type of cellulose that is extracted from sugar cane, pressed several times to give it high resistance. It can hold liquids for hours, like sodas, and naturally dissolves within a few weeks. Furthermore, in some cases it can be included in paper recycling;
- MaterBi: is the name of a very widespread bioplastic, especially for the production of biodegradable bags, obtained from molecules of vegetable origin. It decomposes easily in contact with atmospheric agents and can be included in the compost;
- PLA: it is a polymer with characteristics similar to plastic, but completely obtained from sugars present in corn, beet and sugar cane. It does not pollute and is compostable;
- Bamboo: wood known for its resistance, it is increasingly used for the production of “disposable” dishes, that is not eternal but destined to be reused several times and resistant to washing.
Uses and resistance
Compostable plates and glasses are an effective alternative to plastic and, fortunately, they also guarantee the same daily use. Perhaps because associated with experiences that are now dated over time, in the common imagination paper dishes or other vegetable derivatives appear as not very resistant. Yet modern technologies have made it possible to obtain gods lasting products, capable of store liquids for hours, without the fear that the bottoms of the containers are destroyed in contact with food.
They are particularly suitable for all those situations where it is not possible to resort to glass or ceramic plates and glasses, such as outdoors: this is the case of the classic picnic in the green. But also to provide safe objects for the little ones, without the risk that accidental falls could scatter dangerous splinters on the floor of the house. Lightweight and easy to carry, they are also useful for small movements or for the delivery of food delivery.
Of course, these are not alternatives created for the long-term preservation of food, nor for the extremely prolonged use in contact with liquids.
Where to throw them
Although environmentally friendly, even the so-called “ecological” glasses and plates require some attention to disposal. The fact that they are able to decompose in contact with atmospheric agents should not authorize anyone to pollute green spaces, since the degradation process is not immediate.
The first step is to check the type of material chosen by the manufacturer, following the disposal instructions. Most of these products can be safely thrown into the waste bin or, again, exploited for the creation of home compost. More and more people have equipped themselves with a small homemade composter, perhaps installed on balconies and terraces.
Source: GreenStyle by www.greenstyle.it.
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