The Green Tones range is made from ‘bamboo fibre,’ a natural, durable and practical alternative to plastics, ceramics and glassware. This composite of bamboo powder, organic resin, corn starch and recycled rice husks is bonded together by a resin derived solely from renewable resources. The fantastic colours are achieved using natural, food grade dyes that run evenly throughout the material.
Is it biodegradable?
The simple answer is yes! Unlike the discarded plastics that are mounting up in land-fill sites, Bamboo Fibre has been designed to break down when buried in soil and exposed to the long term moisture this provides. Don’t worry, even under these conditions the process takes 2-3 years and bamboo fibre won’t degrade in any other situation.
The right mix
Bamboo Fibre is made up of a number of natural ingredients. Whilst the exact balance can vary according to the item being produced, a typical batch of Bamboo Fibre comprises:
63% Bamboo powder - This is achieved by grinding down decommissioned/sterilised bamboo products, such as chopsticks, tablemats and scaffolding.
20% organic resin - Melamine resin or PLA resin.
Cornstarch 10% - Helps bind the material and aids biodegradability.
6% Water - Good old H20 helps keep the composite malleable for the moulding process.
0.5% Water based paint - A natural, acrylic paint that is water based (or waterborne). Contains only natural resins and pigments that are certified foodsafe according to ROHS, REACH and FDA standards.
0.5% Natural Toner - Additional organic pigment that helps us achieve those striking colours. Also tested to ROHS, REACH and FDA standards.
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