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The World’s First Biodegradable Umbrella

by Justin Thomas •

The Brelli is said to be world’s first biodegradable umbrella. Inspired by asian parasols, the Brelli’s handle and frame are crafted from bamboo (sustainably-harvested), and the canopy is made out of an innovative bioplastic. The canopy can be composted in conventional landfills  —  it has passed stringent tests certifying that it will fully biodegrade in one to two years.

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Most Efficient Food Storage Bags: BioBags

by Justin Thomas •

The most efficient food storage bag are BioBags. These bags are similar to plastic bags, but they are composed of corn-based bioplastic. Unlike conventional plastic, the bioplastic “breathes” without leaking, allowing heat and moisture to evaporate, which keeps food fresh longer. They are also GMO-free, 100% biodegradable and compostable. Note: The bags are labelled “Food Waste” bags but the company …

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BioBag: Biodegradable and Compostable Bags

by Justin Thomas •

BioBags are the first 100% bio­degradable alternative to plastic bags. They are made from cornstarch, vegetable oil and other renewable resources. BioBags makes kitchen “compost bags” to store foods scraps before composting. They can also can be used to store food in the refrigerator. The advantage over plastic, is that these bags will “breath” without leaking. This allows heat and …

Biota Spring Water: Biodegradable Bottles

by Justin Thomas •

Biota is the first spring water to be packaged in a compostable bottle. The bottle is made of a corn-based bioplastic, which was exclusively created for Biota by Naturework PLA. The bioplastic is an alternative to PET which is the petroleum-based plastic commonly used to bottle beverages. PET takes about a thousand years to decompose. The bottle will break down …

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Stronger Bioplastic Developed: Kenaf + Polylactic Acid (PLA)

by Justin Thomas •

A stronger bioplastic has been created by NEC. It was achieved by reinforcing polylactic acid with kenaf fiber. Kenaf is an extremely fast growing plant which absorbs more CO2 than other other crop. The bioplastic would be beneficial to the ecosystem during its manufacture and when it is discarded and biodegrades. The superior stength and heat resistance of this bioplastic …

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Where To Get Bioplastic Dinnerware

by Justin Thomas •

Sometimes, well, it’s just hard to find Bioplastic dinnerware! We’ve found a couple of places that have a good range of biodegradable dinnerware and related items. SimplyBiodegradable and SinlessBuying carry restaurant-style “to go” dinnerware. Gaiam also sells picnic-style place sets. Bioplastic dinnerware by Danish designers Papcorn.