06 Apr The Future is in Your Hands…
PLA – Saving The Earth is in everybody’s best interests
Disposable packaging can adversely affect our environment. Here at Lakeside, we are aiming to make a difference. We know disposable packaging is something today’s society embraces, so why not use it in a way in which it can be environmentally beneficial? We are proud to introduce a number of PLA products to the business!
What is PLA?
Polylactic Acid (PLA) is a biodegradable and compostable substance made from renewable sources, most commonly corn starch. It is a natural polymer designed to replace PET-based plastics.
The Benefits of PLA
As a natural substrate, PLA will fully compost into natural elements in a short period of time. Sounds great, right? It gets better. Not only are there no toxic gases released when composted, but PLA also provides nutrients back into the soil once the composting process is complete.
Compostable & Biodegradable – How do they compare?
As mentioned earlier, PLA is in fact both compostable and biodegradable. But what is the difference between the two? If a product is biodegradable, it means it has the ability to decompose back into natural elements after customary disposal.
Compostable is very similar, however the main and most impressive difference is composting provides nutrients back into the soil when completely broken down.
How Lakeside are helping to make a difference…
Here at Lakeside we can supply PLA disposable packaging. Whether it be PLA plastic components such as cup lids, straws or disposable beer tumblers. Or indeed products such as coffee cups lined with PLA rather than PET. The replacement of PET-based products is something we strive to eventually completely substitute across the product range of disposable products.
The majority of people are aware of the damage being caused by plastic disposables. So one step at a time, we hope this change can make a positive difference, even in a small way.