What is OOSH eco tableware made of?
OOSH has a wide range of proprietary biomaterial as feedstock, from plant-based sources to biotechnologically derived surrogates. Each formulation has its own merits to suit differing consumer segments and is classified into ascending order of Generations, namely Generation 1, 2, 3 and so on. Generation 1 is the basic, cost effective entry level with later Generations having stronger performance capabilities, hence pricier. Unless otherwise specified, all products are at default Generation 1. Refer to Accreditations for an overview.
Is OOSH eco tableware biodegradable?
All materials and chemical compounds will biodegrade over time, be it 1 day or 1000 years, yes including petroleum based plastic. A discussion of biodegradability can never be complete without an analysis on the environmental factors surrounding the process and its associated timeline. Environmental factors such as the availability of inorganic nutrients, the presence of multiple substrates, the redox environment, substrate concentration, temperature, water activity and the adaptive response of the microorganisms. Assuming all conditions are favourable, a meaningful stretch for biodegradability should ideally be 2 years or less. Generation 1 biodegrades as well but since its biodegradation takes more than 2 years, no accreditation is sought relative to its more advanced counterparts. However, OOSH Generation 2 eco tableware and above can achieve this objective of 2 years or less and will be introduced to the markets at the best opportune time.
Is OOSH eco tableware compostable?
Yes, it is but specifically home compostable and not industrial compostable. Since the conditions surrounding biodegradation differs globally, compostability is a preferred trait rather than biodegradability. OOSH eco tableware of Generation 2 and beyond can achieve the objective of home compostability, and will be introduced to the markets at the best opportune time.
Can OOSH eco tableware be composted in a home composter?
Yes but only for Generation 2 and up.
How can the usage of OOSH eco tableware assist in my contribution to the environment?
OOSH eco tableware lowers your overall dependency on petroleum beginning from Generation 1’s range of products. With a high biobased content, one is relying on renewable and sustainable resources rather than finite ones.
A high biobased content also gives rise to a high degree of carbon neutrality. This helps to lower your carbon footprints and is especially relevant for large organisations that need to offset or mitigate carbon taxes.
With Generation 2 product range and up (inclusive of the above advantages), they can be home composted and biodegraded without burdening your local waste management systems.
Can OOSH eco tableware be washed and used again?
Yes, you can use it as many times as you deem fit. However, it is not recommended as its prolonged usage may result in the product becoming brittle.
Is it microwavable? If it is, how many minutes can it be for?
Yes, it is. Recommended for high heat setting for not more than 1 minute.
Is it combi oven safe?
Yes, it is. Recommended heating of up to 70 degrees Celsius.
What happens when OOSH eco tableware is exposed to temperatures higher than 120 degree Celsius?
No leaching will occur. However, the product may become softer than usual.
Will there be food stains on OOSH eco tableware after coming into contact?
Generally stains will not occur unless the sauces are liken to that of curry, then some amount of stains adhere on the material.
At what levels of pH is it acid proof?
Our products can take acidity as low as pH 4 which is more than sufficient for the majority of the acidic foodstuffs commonly used.
How long can OOSH eco tableware be stored for?
In a dry and cool condition, it can be kept for at least 2 years. After that, they will become brittle.
Can OOSH eco tableware be recycled?
Technically, it can be recycled in specialized and dedicated facilities. However, the volume used by the citizenry and collected by the local municipalities must be sizeable enough to warrant cost efficient recycling.
Can OOSH eco tableware be eaten?
It cannot be digested by the human digestive system, although it is not poisonous even if accidentally swallowed.
Can printing be done?
Yes but we try to discourage printing as the process wastes energy and resources. Embossment is a better recommendation since this method of production is more resource efficient.
How do I know that OOSH eco tableware is green and safe?
See Accreditations tab.
What is considered as a good biobased packaging ?
In our opinion, a perfect biobased packaging must fulfil 6 key traits:
- Be Independent of Finite Resources: Derived from renewables rather than petroleum, thus freeing up the latter for the production of products that last.
- Counter Pollution: Biodegrade quickly within reasonable time in soil, water and marine even if the used packaging is littered (does not constitute a permit to).
- Complement Home and Industrial Composters: Decay into carbon dioxide, water and biomass without affecting the integrity of the overall compost.
- Refine Incineration: Even though incinerated packaging releases carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere, but because of its carbon neutrality in theory, there is no additional burden on our existing levels of carbon dioxide present. This will play a contributory role in reducing global warming.
- Complement Landfills: Decay into carbon dioxide, water and biomass in an aerobic environment or remain inert (sequestering carbon) in an anaerobic environment and does not affect the integrity of the compost after biodegradation. Landfilling is an expiring technology and there are better and more efficient recovery solutions.
- Be Capable of Recycling: This will be the last leg to create the perfect low carbon, circular economy.