FAQ

What are the green goods that Passion Purveyors® distributes?
Our green goods are sustainable and compostable packaging solutions created from renewable agricultural resources like sugarcane, reed, bamboo, palm, corn and potato.  Our packaging is an environmentally responsible and attractive replacement for industry standards like StyrofoamTM and other non-renewable petroleum-based products.

In the past, all foodservice packaging was considered equal, selected for its presentation and ease of use.  Unfortunately, the negative effects of using petroleum-based products (polluted groundwater, increased greenhouse gases and the dumping of non-degradable materials in our landfills and waterways) have become apparent.  Steps to reduce these environmental consequences have become equal in importance.  The green goods that we distribute are an excellent way to care for the environment without losing the convenience or aesthetic appeal of traditional packaging materials.

What is the clear material that looks like regular plastic?
That is ingeo®. It is a clear plastic used for cups, deli containers, bowls and hinged containers that are made from the starches in plants.  It is designed for cold applications and will not tolerate temperatures over 110◦ F.  The basic raw material for ingeo® is dextrose.  Dextrose is a natural sugar derived from the starch in plants, carbon dioxide and water.  ingeo® uses up to 100% fewer fossil resources in its manufacturing process than conventional plastics.  It can compost completely back to carbon, water and organic matter, helping to eliminate its ecological footprint.

What is Bagasse?
Sugarcane Bagasse is the fibrous waste left after the extraction of the sugar from the cane.  Historically, the waste has been burned in the fields.  Now, however, it is a valued as a green energy source and packaging material.  It tolerates both high and low heat applications holding either wet or dry food.  It is freezer, microwave and oven safe and is the most cost-effective replacement for all varieties of StyrofoamTM plates, cups and containers.  Bagasse is compostable in both municipal and home compost piles.  It is an excellent alternative to both plastic and paper tableware.

What is the cutlery made of?
We carry two kinds of cutlery – bamboo and plant starch.  The plant starch cutlery is made from non-gmo corn starch that can sustain temperatures of 200◦ F.  The bamboo cutlery is simply stamped from the bamboo stalk.  It’s sturdy and of course, can be composted – it’s simply bamboo fiber!

What is the difference between ‘BIODEGRADABLE’ and ‘COMPOSTABLE’?
Biodegradability: capacity of a substance to be broken down by microorganisms with no set time scale.

Compostability: capacity to biodegrade in a managed process, producing useful compost within a period of 180 days.

Why should we buy compostable packaging if it is not being composted?
The value of sustainable, renewable and compostable packaging is not diminished if it is not composted.  As waste, if degrades much more quickly than non-degradable petroleum-based plastics.  Even the traditional paper cup is lined with a petroleum based layer that is impenetrable by naturally occurring microorganisms.  Greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced as more packaging is made from renewable resources and less from oil.  The amount of carbon released from the Passion Purveyors products is equal to the carbon fixed in the plant as it grew.  In other words, as the plants grow, they are absorbing carbon from the atmosphere only to release the same carbon when burned or composted.

The only way we can achieve viable, sustainable products with reasonable prices is to create a market for them.  When you support Passion Purveyors by purchasing our line of compostable packaging, you are creating the demand that will force prices down and enhance availability.  Passion Purveyors is a local company, reducing transportation costs and emissions to deliver the products to your door.

Why should we buy compostable packaging if it’s not ‘recyclable’?
Just like you wouldn’t put a banana peel in the recycle bin, you wouldn’t put in our compostable packaging.  Any packaging item that has held food is considered ‘contaminated’ in the recycling world.  Remember – recycling is a business.  That business thrives on after markets that value our recyclables with two aspects in mind – weight and level of contamination.  Since packaging that has held food or drink is considered contaminated and the sorting process is a fast conveyor belt being picked over by workers – foodservice packaging is commonly overlooked as contaminated residue, even if it’s rinsed.

Packaging designed to hold food needs to be disposed of WITH the food – as nature would.  That is why compostable packaging is the next generation of foodservice packaging – it closes the loop.

Plus – if you live on the Monterey Peninsula and you don’t compost – your compostables will break down slowly in the landfill located in Marina.  They have an award winning system that collects the methane when items break down and turn it into electricity.  They power all their offices and sell the excess back to PG&E!  You can feel good about using compostable products – but remember – they go in the trash bin or a compost pile!