Because plastics are synthetic or “man-made” materials, they do not break down and decompose easily.
Your disposable plastic plate could take hundreds of years to break down. Also, eating hot food off plastic plates could actually be harmful to health since high temperature of food can leach chemicals into the food.
Now, a Poland-based company Biotrem is offering a well-designed, viable alternative to single use plastics. The company is using the wheat bran, a by-product of the cereal milling process to make biodegradable, single-use plates, bowls, and cutlery. The company’s products made a splash at Toronto’s Green Living Show recently.
Wheat bran is a good choice for a healthy digestive system due to its highest fibre content
- The wheat bran tableware is made from compressed wheat bran.
- It can handle hot or cold food, liquid or solids and is microwave-safe.
- Upto 10,000 biodegradable plates and bowls can be made from one ton of wheat bran.
- These biodegradable cups and plates which are actually edible could decrease landfill-bound garbage.
Biotrem’s production plant in Zambrow, Poland can currently produce about 15 million biodegradable bowls and plates per year.