What are OOSH eco tableware made of?
Till date, we have multiple generations of bioplastics in varying degrees of eco friendliness, derived from a range of renewable natural resources. Corn starch used to be the material for bioplastics but that was in the past. Today we have a wide range of biomaterial as our feedstock, from the humble plant based biomass to biotechnological derived surrogates. Each generation will have its own merits and performance capabilities to suit differing consumer segments.
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. OOSH Generation 3 eco tableware can achieve this objective and will be introduced to the markets in due course. Generation 1 and 2 biobased bioplastics biodegrades as well but since biodegradation takes more than 2 years, no accreditation is sought relative to its more advanced counterparts.
Is OOSH eco tableware compostable?
Yes it is. Since the conditions surrounding biodegradation differs globally, one should look out for compostability rather than biodegradability capabilities in a product. OOSH eco tableware of Generation 2 and beyond can achieve the objective of industrial to home compostability, and will be introduced to the markets in due course.
Can OOSH eco tableware be composted in a home composter?
Yes but only for Generation 3 and up.
How can the usage of OOSH eco tableware assist in my contribution to the environment?
The usage of OOSH eco tableware will lower your overall carbon footprints. As OOSH eco tableware is carbon neutral (see Carbon Neutral in Common Jargon), is compostable and biodegradable for Generation 2 and above, the tableware will not release pre-historic carbon dioxide (unlike petroleum plastics) into the atmosphere of today during incineration, landfilling or even if they are carelessly littered (does not constitute a permit to). When carbon dioxide is taken in and released within current times, global warming will not be further aggravated.
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 medium heat setting for not more than 1 minute.
Is it combi oven safe?
Yes, it is. Recommended heating of up to 100 degrees Celsius.
What happens when OOSH eco tableware is exposed to temperatures higher than 150 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, bioplastics can be recycled. However, the volume used by the citizenry and collected by the local municipalities must be sizeable enough to warrant a facility to tackle it.
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.
Is your product corn-ware?
Yes, in the broad sense of the description. Corn-ware is a loosely used layman term to describe a piece of tableware that is made from corn. Our biobased bioplastic tableware is derived from a wide range of renewal materials and corn starch is one of the many amongst others.
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.