PLA (polylactic acid)
PLA or polylactic acid is a common bioplastic which can be made from a variety of fermented plant starch such as corn, cassava, sugarcane or sugar beet pulp. Because it is derived from plant sources, it is a renewable material unlike traditional plastics.
We use PLA in some of our package to provide a moisture barrier without adding petroleum-based plastics.
PLA is biodegradable, however degradation is very slow at normal ambient temperatures. In order to properly compost PLA products, it is best to send them to a industrial compost facility, which maintains a consistent temperature of over 60°C for quick decomposition.
If you have questions about PLA or our packaging in general, we'd love to hear from you!