Everything You Need To Know About Wheat Straw Plastic
We love to keep up to date with the latest in all things sustainable and today we’re looking at wheat straw plastic products – could this latest eco-alternative to plastic be a winner? Keep reading to find out more.
What is wheat straw plastic?
Wheat straw is a renewable and sustainable alternative to some solid plastics – think picnic plates that don’t stick around forever. It’s a BPA free and food-grade material that’s got its FDA approval.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the material is made from a natural byproduct of wheat production. The stems of wheat contain a compound called Lignin which is responsible for the crop standing upright, so it’s got durability and strength at its core. To put it simply, when Lignin is combined with sugar a bio-plastic can be made that can be turned into plates, containers, straws, coffee cups and so much more.
Are wheat straw plates safe?
Yes, they’re microwave and freezer safe!
Is wheat straw plastic biodegradable?
Yes, it’s fully biodegradable, but these products can also be melted back into a pulp which can be used again and again to make new products. So your coffee cup could have a new life as a few pens, a plate or even a container.
That can either be composted at home to biodegrade or done commercially.
Let us know your sustainability and lifestyle questions below!
By Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.