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PLA Plastic in Brief

PLA Plastic is made by fermenting the starches found in corn. The sugars in the corn’s starch ferments into a compound called Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) which can then be used to create plastic pellets that are injection molded into PLA Plastic products.

PLA Plastics have three options at the end of their lives. They can be recycled at a PLA recycling facility into new PLA Plastic products. They can go to an industrial composting facility where temperature and enzymes will completely biodegrade them in just a few months. If they end up with the conventional plastics in landfills, they will biodegrade at their own pace depending on the temperature and humidity of the environment. We don’t recommend putting our reusable PLA Plastic mugs, pens, and letter openers in your home compost pile. Without the proper nitrogen to carbon ratio, they may take longer than you had hoped to break down and compete with your food scraps for room in the bin. Your PLA Plastic products will provide you many years of good use in their original form!

Did you know that PLA Plastic is one of the only plastic products with net zero emissions? This means that the carbon gasses they emit while decomposing are exactly equal to the carbon gasses consumed by the plant material that made them. This is just one of the many great reasons why PLA Plastic is good for the environment!