Materials Information

Bagasse

Bagasse dishware is made from residual fibers salvaged from the grinding and extraction of sugar cane juice. It stands as an alternative to plastic products while being 100% compostable and biodegradable.

Advantages

  • Economical and robust
  • Composted in 2 to 8 weeks in an industrial composting facility
  • Made from sugarcane pulp
  • Solid and grease-resistant
  • Heat-resistant (up to 120°C – 250 f)
  • Microwave-safe
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How to dispose of it+
Bagasse dishware should be ideally disposed of in a composter or brown bin destined for commercial composting, where it will be transformed into fertiliser after a few weeks. If composting isn’t available, the product can be safely landfilled where it will still decompose fully over a little more time. Bagasse fiber can be maintained in excellent quallity when stored in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight.
 

PLA

The polymer PLA (Polylactic Acids) is produced from corn starch and has characteristics very similar to those of traditional plastics.

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Advantages

  • 100% plant-based material
  • Without petroleum and harmless for the environment
  • Transparent and solid
  • Destined for use with cold food and beverages only
How to dispose of it+
The container should ideally be disposed of in a brown bin destined for commercial composting, to be transformed into fertiliser in 2 to 6 months. The product will, however, decompose much more slowly outside of a composting environment. PLA needs to be stored in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight.
 

PLA-lined cardboard

100% recycled rigid cardboard is coated on the inside with a layer of impermeable PLA, a polymer made corn starch. Both materials are 100% compostable and biodegradable.

Advantages

  • Economical
  • Multi-purpose product
  • Perfect for hot, humid and oily foods
  • An ideal solution for grab-and-go meals
How to dispose of it+
Cardboard containers should ideally be disposed of in a brown bin destined for commercial composting, where they will be transformed into fertiliser after a few weeks. Where composting is not available, it can be safely landfilled where its decomposition time will be slower. Cardboard lined with PLA can be kept in excellent quality if stored in a cool and dry place, away from sunlight.
 

UTENSILS

Biodegradable   100% compostable

This utensil is made of 30% polypropylene and additives and 70% cornstarch to ease their degradation.

  • Economical and robust
  • More eco-friendly than plastic alternatives
  • Reduces pollution from landfilling and garbage incineration
 

Derived from a corn byproduct, compostable utensils offer a superior ridigity compared to disposable plastic utensils.

  • 100% plant-based material
  • Without petroleum and harmless for the environment
  • Rigid utensil with the fastest decomposition rate
 
How to dispose of it+

This type of dishware must be disposed in garbage cans for landfilling after use and is not safe for composting.

 

It must be ideally disposed of in a brown bin destined for commercial composting where it will be transformed into fertiliser after a few weeks. Where composting isn’t available, the product can be safely landfilled where its decomposition rate will be slower.

 

Biodegradable and compostable: what's the difference ?

 
For NOVA, it's important to reduce to the maximum the impact of packaging. This is why our products are both biodegradable and compostable. But do you know the difference between these two terms?
 
What is a biodegradable product ?

The term biodegradable applies to any substance or product that would be decomposed by living organisms. Biodegradation depends on environmental factors (temperature, humidity, pH, oxygenation) and the chemical structure of polymers. The degradation time can thus vary greatly, depending on those factors (product and environment).
 
What is a compostable product ?

A compostable product is always biodegradable, but biodegradable products aren’t always compostable.

Canada’s standard for compostability is labeled CAN/BNQ 0017-088: for a product to be certified compostable, it has to be tested for full breakdown by microorganisms under 6 months. The base material also has to be fully safe for the organisms in its environment (ex: contain no heavy metals or harmful trace elements).

A compostable product is thus a much safer and more sustainable option than one that is only biodegradable.

Look for this logo to find certified compostable products!
CAN/BNQ 0017-088
 
Sources
Recyc-Québec
Lapointe, R. Bioplastique biodégradables, compostables et biosourcés pour les emballages alimentaires, distinctions subtiles, mais significatives.