Questions & Answers

Everything we think is important for you to know about renewable resources and disposable products:

What are Ecojo products made of?

  • Our product line can be divided according to the raw material plant into four categories:
  • Corn
  • Sugar cane
  • Palm leaves
  • Other plants

What are the origins of the raw materials?

The corn is grown in Nebraska, USA; the sugar cane is grown in East Asia; the palm leaves are grown in India, other plants originate in Europe and South America.

Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) is the most common raw material for biodegradable products. Corn is currently the main source for PLA production. The process involves extraction of lactic acid from corn starch-based lactose. Other components of the compound include cereal extracts and synthetic polyester. The compound is produced through lab-controlled bacterial activity.

Sugar cane products are produced from the cellulose waste that remains after sugar extraction, thus we contribute towards complete utilization of the plant. Sugar cane is a perennial grass, which re-grows after its upper part is harvested.

All the raw materials are produced from renewable, vegetal sources, and are extracted and manufactured in compliance with the applicable American and European standards.

Where are the products manufactured?

In Europe and in East Asia.

Does not the production process cause water consumption?  Will corn production for product manufacturing not increase edible corn and cereal prices?

No. the corn is planted in areas where it does not replace other crops; the sugar cane is a fast growing grass with lean water consumption; the palm leaves we use are naturally shed leaves.

How long it takes to the products to degrade? What is the optimal termination of the product life-cycle?

The most recommended and conventional disposal method of bio-plastic products is composting. Through the composting process, the product disintegrates and returns to its pre-polymer natural form. The degradation process is waste-free and the product’s components return to their natural forms by disintegration into water molecules, CO2 and biomass (soil); therefore directly return into the natural cycle leaving no traces and definitely no harmful or poisonous material behind.

Compost is used in soil fertilization and reclamation and helps to drastically reduce waste piles otherwise buried in various sites.

If I don’t have my own compost pile and will eventually dispose of the products along with my regular waste, have I actually contributed nothing at all, and the products will not biodegrade?

When we use biodegradable products, our environments benefit twice: first, when we use products manufactured of renewable sources (plants) instead of plastic or Styrofoam products, which are made of oil – a depleting resource.
The second benefit: when the products will disintegrate in compost within (within ninety days) in contrast to “regular” oil-produced products, which are here to stay. Therefore, even if you do not have a compost pile, and you throw our products along with the regular waste, they will eventually biodegrade in a year or so, depending on the environmental conditions – heat, humidity, etc.

What are your product certifications?

Our products are certified according to the European standard institutes including the European Union EN 13432 standard, American FDA and other relevant certifications.

The European Union standard: the European Union has regulated the EN 13432 standard that determines the properties of biological plastic materials. The standard complies with the universal standard terms and included several tests of biological plastic:

  • A chemical test for compliance with maximal heavy-metal content
  • Biodegradation in liquids: at least 90% of the organic material must turn into CO2 within six months.
  • Degradation in organic waste: following three months of composting process, no more than 10% of the material’s original mass may remain following sifting through a two millimeter hole-size sieve.
  • Inspection of the plastic’s impact on composting process in industrial or semi-industrial sites, in order to ensure no adverse effects.
  • Inspection of the organic waste impact on agricultural crops to ensure it is not poisonous.

(The explanation about the EN 13432 standard was written by Mr. Yaniv Ronen).

What types of food may come in contact with the tableware products?

All food types – warm and cold.  Most tableware is suitable for baking, freezing and heating, we recommend you to consult with us prior to the purchase.

Can I reuse the tableware?

Some products are suitable for multiuse, mainly with dry refreshment.

If I did not use all the products and stored them indoors, will they not disintegrate?

As long as the ambient temperature is under 40°C, and the products are not directly exposed to sun radiation – they will maintain a similar shelf life to plastic ware.

If you have any other questions, we'll be always glad to know.