We are always trying to cut back on single use plastic in the store. Last month we replaced our plastic straws with compostable paper straws and, more recently, we began phasing out our recyclable black plastic containers for compostable takeout containers (and plates and bowls) made of sugar cane!
During sugarcane processing the juice is extracted to make sugar and what remains is raw fiber called bagasse, which is used to create our products. Bagasse fibre is a byproduct from the process that would otherwise be discarded or burned. So, not only are these items made from recovered and abundant waste fiber, but they are 100% biodegradable and compostable.
Note that composting is required for biodegradation – 30 days or less in a commercial composting facility and approximately 90 days or less in a home composting system. Environmentally friendly and functional, these are strong, durable and work well for hot or cold foods.
To accommodate to extra compost volume, we’ve added a new large bin in the front of the store to the left of the existing waste baskets. Please read the signs posted by each bin carefully to determine what is compostable, what is recyclable and what is trash before disposing your waste.