We are environmentally responsible with a small eco-footprint, and are also socially responsible to our work force.
Our products are made from annually renewable resources like corn-starch, sugarcane pulp and other biodegdrable materials.
Bioplastics are a new generation of biodegradable & compostable plastics, derived from renewable raw materials such as starch (e.g. corn, sugarcane, tapioca etc), cellulose, soy protein, lactic acid etc some of which are by-products of the agriculture industry. They are not hazardous in production and decompose back to carbon dioxide, water, biomass etc. in the environment when discarded. . We use these materials to make sustainable alternatives to plastics and styrofoam.
Corn starch is currently the main raw material being used in the manufacture of bioplastic resins. Mater-Bi (main component corn-starch), and Polylactic acid (PLA) (made from corn-starch as well) are currently the 2 main resins (raw materials), being used today in the production of compostable & biodegradable plastics and are certified for compostability under standards set by international organizations.
The field of bioplastics is constantly evolving with new materials and technologies being worked on and being brought to market.
We now offer you products that are totally environmentally friendly and safe to use.
Features of our products?
We strive to responsibly make meaningful product that not only exemplifies style, but quality and substance to live it.
- It biodegrades in natural environment within 180 days
- It can be safely used in microwave and refrigerator, and can withstand temperatures ranging from -20C to 120C
- It is oil and water resistant
- It’s production process is pollution free
- This has been internationally certified that it does not cause any damage to the soil or environment after bio-degradation
- Once it has been used, it rapidly biodegrades in soil and converts into plant food
- It does not involve any chemical treatment and is totally healthy, non-toxic and harmless
- The sizes and shapes can be modified as per the customer’s requirement
- It evolves from nature and goes back to nature
- It has a strong and sturdy structure, which redefines the essence of consumption
Cornstarch Products : Features and Benefits
- PLA stands for Poly Lactic Acid and is the chemical name of a plastic made from corn, an annually renewable resource.
- 100% Biodegradable and Compostable
- At the end of life, PLA based products can be recycled or composted under commercial composting conditions. 90% within 60 days and the balance within 90 days.
PLA is highly transparent when unmodified, and off white when modified. PLA plastics look and act like the traditional petroleum base plastics (PS, PP and PET) but are very environmental friendly
How long does PLA take to biodegrade in a landfill
Even more info on PLA
It is important that PLA compares well with other popular plastics already used for packaging. It is clear and naturally glossy like HIPS and PET used in “blister packs, lids, containers and many others products. PLA is resistant to moisture and grease. It has taste and odor barrier characteristics similar to the popular plastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET) used for soft drinks bottles, trays and many other food products packaging. Tensile strength and modulus of elasticity of PLA is also comparable to PET.
PLA can be formulated to be either rigid or flexible and can be co-polymerized with other materials. Polylactic acid can be made with different mechanical properties suitable for specific manufacturing processes, such as injection molding, sheet extrusion, blow molding, thermoforming, film forming and fiber spinning. New improved and modified the PLA resins have been developed leading to our PLA products having better strength, higher heat-resistance and a nicer appearance. Products made from normal PLA resin have a lower heat- resistant temperature, and traditionally they could only be used for cold food. Now a modified PLA (C-PLA) resin has been developed which has high heat-resistant temperature. The products made from C-PLA resin could be used for hot food/drink. Their heat- resistant temperature can be up to 85°C.
How Is PLA made? (Let’s get technical)
Turning the lactic acid into a polymer plastic takes some specialized chemistry. Through a chemical process called condensation, two lactic acid molecules are converted into one cyclic molecule called a lactide. This lactide is purified through vacuum distillation. A solvent-free melt process causes the ring-shaped lactide polymers to open and join end-to-end to form long chain polymers. A wide range of products that vary in molecular weight and crystallinity can be produced, allowing the PLA to be modified for a variety of applications.
Bagasse Products: Features and Benefits
Bagasse products can be made from any sustainable and renewable natural material which can be grown and harvested within a one year. Bagasse is the remaining product (pulp) after renewable and sustainable raw materials (Bamboo, Reed Rice, Hemp and Sugarcane) are processed from the fields. Normally, this residue is burned after pulping, thus creating air pollution. However this sugarcane fibre can be re-used to make disposable products to replace products made from plastic or virgin paper. The tableware has no plastic or wax lining applied to it and can be used for both hot and cold items. This tableware has special additives added in the manufacturing process to make the material leak proof. This is a far superior alternative to both plastic (non-biodegradable, petroleum derived, pollution causing) and paper (causing the destruction of millions of acres of forests) tableware.
Cosmos Eco Friends products use natural sugarcane pulp to produce disposable tableware products.
100% Biodegradable and Compostable
Each food service item is processed through ultra-violet sterilization, thus eliminating all bacterial contamination from the fields. In addition, items are inspected through a metal detector to reject any items containing metal fragments.
All Sugarcane products are microwavable and fridge safe.
Cosmos Eco Friends products are manufactured in state of the art facilities. We are environmentally responsible with a small Eco-footprint, and are also socially responsible to our work force.
Cosmos Eco Friends products are manufactured as per requirements of U.S. and European product certifications, including FDA standards.
Our Cosmos Eco Friends PLA products comply to the following standards with regard to compostability:
ASTM D6400 (USA)
EN 13432 (EU)