New Biodegradable To-Go Packaging!


“Good & Good For You” now applies to Mäni’s packaging! Many of you have seen our made-of-corn biodegradable cups; we’ve extended that eco-friendly purchasing attitude to all of our to-go coffee cups, soup containers, salad/sandwich/burger boxes, straws, etc.

Although the city of Santa Monica has legally bid adieu to all Styrofoam and non-biodegradable packaging, the city of Los Angeles has yet to make any city-wide regulation official (though they have taken a step in the right direction by banning the future use of plastic bags, and of polystyrene in city buildings).

Mäni’s is taking a stand in the anti-Styrofoam movement by committing to our new biodegradable packaging! What makes them eco-friendly, you ask? Read on to find ways to get involved, and for a description of PLA, the biodegradable material that makes it all possible! image

Polylactic acid or polylactide (PLA) is a biodegradable, thermoplastic, aliphatic polyester derived from renewable resources, such as corn, wheat or rice (in the U.S.) or sugarcanes (rest of world). Although PLA has been known for more than a century, it has only been of commercial interest in recent years, in light of its biodegradability. When the resource is harvested, it is made into bio-based resin pellets through a polymerization process.

Manufacturers then take the resin and convert it to a useful & sanitary single-use foodservice item. After the product is used, it is ideal for it to be returned to a compost facility where it can turn into rich compost within 60-180 days. However, PLA materials will also biodegrade in a standard landfill (but at a longer rate of time). All PLA products must meet standards for compostability and carry the stamp of approval from an official US-based organization.

For more information on Santa Monica’s ban of polystyrene, see this blog entry from the Times: ity/2008/02/santa-monica-sa.html

For a complete list of local ordinances, and ways to get involved, see Californians Against Waste’s website: c_campaign/polystyrene/local




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