We’ve all tried sneaking vegetables into our kids’ Bolognese (not always successfully). But it isn’t just the foods our families eat that’s important – it’s the plates and bowls they eat it off too.
With awareness for sustainable products on the rise, Nordlife is excited to announce that our bestselling brand Liewood has created a new generation of tableware made entirely from PLA or ‘bioplastics’.
Liewood has been hard at work for over a year perfecting this earth-friendly range and we are proud to join them in their mission to do better by our families and the planet.
What is PLA? We’re breaking it down below.
PLA is short for poly-lactic acid and is made from a plant starch base. It can come from products like corn, potato and sugar cane, making it a conscious alternative to traditional plastics.
Beginning its life as a plant or vegetable, PLA is created by extracting starch. This starch is then turned into pellets which can be processed into durable PLA products.
With plants at its core, it makes Liewood’s tableware BPA free and safe for contact with food. This range is both microwave and dishwasher safe and best of all, its biodegradable!
But just because your plate comes from the planet doesn’t mean you can chuck it in the compost heap. With this range, Liewood is all about embracing a circular mindset.
Once you’re finished with your well-loved tableware, pop it in a specialised food organic and garden organic waste bin (FOGO) and your product will be taken to a commercial composting facility. These facilities maintain the perfect conditions to allow PLA to decompose in around three months.
So where can I find an organic waste bin you ask? There are around 150 commercial composting facilities in Australia that accept PLA products. Some councils provide specialised composting facilities through their kerbside waste collection – like the FOGO waste bin – and some even have a dedicated organic recycling service. Some workplaces also support green initiatives and may have an organic waste bin for staff to use. And be on the lookout at your local café, as some also have similar services.
Sustainable ways to give your tableware new life
If you don’t have a commercial composting plant near you though, never fear! There are other sustainable ways to give your tableware new life: If your little one has grown into a not-so-little person, why not gift your set to an expecting mamma. Your PLA plates now looking well-worn? Add them to your camping box. Or donate to those in need.
With this collection, your Liewood goodies can be loved for longer.
If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, all while in an aesthetically-pleasing palette, check out Liewood’s new range of tableware today.
For information on commercial composting and organics recycling facilities contact your local council or the Australian Organics Recycling Association to find your nearest facility.