Leaving Nothing Behind with StalkMarket Compostable Products

With growing concern over the environmental impact of single-use, disposable foodservice items, cities like San Francisco are leading the country with rigorous laws to incentivize greater adoption of compostable products. At the same time, manufacturing technologies for producing compostable products are growing faster and leaving smaller carbon footprints, which in turn makes it more affordable to switch.

For over 15 years, StalkMarket has been the leading supplier of 100% compostable plant-based coffee cups, lids, tableware, cutlery and food packaging. All StalkMarket products meet strict ASTM D6400 compostable standards, are BPI certified compostable and breakdown completely within months in commercial composting facilities. Leaving no toxic byproducts behind. This is due in part to their natural base materials: Sugarcane and Corn.

Sugarcane Bagasse for StalkMarket Compostables

Sugarcane (Bagasse)

StalkMarket tableware is made from sugarcane stalks that would otherwise be discarded by refineries. The stalks form a dry, pulpy residue called bagasse. Converted into paperboard in much the same way wood pulp is converted into cardboard, bagasse is heated, steamed, shaped and molded into tableware. The result is strong, attractive single use serveware you can use once and then dispose of guilt-free.

CPLA

Fermented cornstarch and glycerol? That’s exactly what makes up StalkMarket’s line of cutlery, cold beverage cups, lids and straws. Crystallized polylactic acid or CPLA for short, is a plant-based biopolymer functionally identical to plastics, yet fully compostable in commercial composting facilities. Burning this will release no toxic substances, ever.

Corn for CPLA production into StalkMarket Cups

Good for the Earth, Good for You

Hot or cold, wet or dry, StalkMarket products resists boiling liquids, are microwave safe, can be frozen, and are oil- and cut-resistant. As the raw materials used to make these sturdy utensils and tableware are byproducts of food-grade sugar processing, they are free of contaminants and perfectly safe for food contact.

Along with green cleaning supplies and reusable kitchenware—compostable products are another component you can adopt for a more eco-friendly office breakroom.