Driven by the demand of the consumer, businesses are looking for alternatives to plastic & polystyrene to reduce the impact on the environment.
One of the most increasingly adopted alternatives are bioplastics. derived from renewable biomass these materials are being used to produced disposable food packaging in the catering industry.
While there are a few bioplastics out there, the leading renewable plastic is PLA plastic.
What is REPA
REPA is nontoxic, 100% biodegradable material produced from ground seashells that provides the same consistency and practical use as plastic.
REPA applications as a plastic alternative is leading it to be touted as perfect for use in large commercial and catering establishments looking for harmful plastic alternatives.
Currently the most popular and successful use of REPA is in biodegradable drinking straws, in the UK alone approximately 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown away each year, an exponential amount that is proving near impossible to keep out of our oceans.
The UN reported each year 8 to 12 tonnes of waste plastic are dumped into the oceans and this rate continues there will be more plastic than fish in the seas by 2050. Switching to REPA made biodegradable straws will cut down on the amount of non-biodegradable waste the UK produced, it is also a great way for companies to come across more environmentally friendly.
REPA in the catering industry
Unlike with other plastic alternatives like paper REPA made biodegradable products have a much more durable and have the same properties as plastic, for example, paper straws used in drinks have a short lifespan and can break down while using, however REPA straws are sturdy but flexible like plastic will not break down or bend out of shape during use.
Bio-Degradable REPA Straws
- Manufactured from ground sea shells
- 100% non-toxic and 100% bio-degradable
- Improved durability compared to paper