FAQ

Learn more about our company, restoration practices and products below.

Ordering Information

How can I order Restoration Packaging™ products?

Contact us through our contact form via this website.  Click here.

Custom Designs and Printing

Do you do custom printing?

Yes!  Minimum quantities vary depending on the products ordered.  Lead time is 10-12 weeks.  Click here to order custom printed products.

Can you make custom molds for products?

Yes!  Minimum quantities vary depending on the products ordered.  Lead time is 10-12 weeks.  Click here to order custom molds for your products.

Can you assist with design layout and strategic branding?

Our design team can assist with design layout on all of our products as well as assist with co-branded marketing messaging to best showcase the 1-for-1 plantings being conducted with your products.  

Can you co-brand with our products?

Yes!  We highly recommend co-branding our 1-for-1 planting program with your new sustainable product lines.  Click here to begin placing a custom branded order.

Pricing and Discounts

How can I obtain pricing?

Contact Us to receive pricing and open an account.

How do Restoration Packaging™ products compare to non compostable alternatives like plastic and styrofoam?

Our prices are comparable to the highest quality plastics on the market.

Are discounts available?

We offer discounts to qualified distributors and direct customers ordering over $5000/month.

Restoration

What restoration sites do you contribute towards?

We have an internal database of partnerships with hundreds of restoration groups throughout the globe.  To learn more about the restoration sites we are actively working on, please visit our Restoration Sites page.

How can you fulfill planting large volume of plants?

We use industry standard planting methods to conduct large scale plantings such as hydro-seeding and seedling plantings.  Each site is different as our restoration professionals gauge and analyze each site on an individual basis.  To become a restoration partner today and begin restoring a certain project in a neighborhood near you, please contact us.

What is the benefit of landscape restoration?

As our world continues to urbanize and change climates more frequently, our local landscapes undergo certain burdens.  Wildfires, un-sustainable farming practices, decrease in native habitat, invasive species expansion and storm destruction are just to name a few.  Often times, these landscapes need additional professional aid to initiate proper native rehabilitation again.  In the past, government funding was abindant towards the initiation of these projects, but now much of that funding is being cut.  This is where our company is an industry leader in establishing new and existing restoration projects on local levels through the use of our everyday products.  By using our products and contributing towards local landscapes restoration, our customers and their community members often see economic benefits, landscape beautification and increase in consumer knowledge about their local landscapes when our products are implimented.

Where are your restoration sites?

We have an internal database of partnerships with hundreds of restoration groups throughout the globe.  To learn more about the restoration sites we are actively working on, please visit our Restoration Sites page.

Are all plants being planted native?

Of Coarse!  All of these natives are site specific, analyzed and seed by professional restoration and betony industry leaders.

Product Questions

PLA Products - Hot and Cold Cups

What are compostable PLA products?

All of our compostable products are made from renewable materials which are not oil.  Depending on the product type, the materials vary.  See descriptions below:

Plant Fiber:

Hundreds of different fibrous plants can be manufactured into alternatives to tree-based paper products. Our main source of plant fiber is wheat straw, though it is occasionally supplemented by sugarcane and bamboo. In many agricultural processes, wheat straw is treated merely as the agricultural waste that remains after grain or juice is extracted. It is commonly thrown away or burned.  For us, straw is a valuable resource that can be fashioned into disposable products like plates, take-out containers, bowls, etc.  Using plant fiber protects forests, uses less energy and fewer toxic chemicals than paper alternatives, provides a new revenue for farmers, and is a renewable and sustainable resource.  

Paper:

Restoration Packaging™ provides a line of hot cups and bowls made from paper.  While we believe that the best way to protect the world’s forest is to reduce consumption of tree-based products, many of our customers want products which cannot yet be replicated by plant-fiber.  Our paper products are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council guaranteeing the responsible management of the forests.

Polylactic Acid (PLA)

PLA is a bio-based plastic derived from renewable resources such as corn starch, tapioca roots, or sugarcane.  Restoration Packaging™ products are made from a type of PLA called Ingeo™.  To make Ingeo™, sugar from plants is turned into lactic acid through fermentation which is converted into polymer.  At this stage, it is shaped into pellets which can be transformed into a wide variety of products.  Manufacturing Ingeo™ produces 75% fewer greenhouse gasses and uses 50% less non-renewable energy than traditional polymers like PET & polystyrene.

What are your recyclable PET products?

Our RestorationPET™ items are made from at least 25% post-consumer recycled PET plastic, so we are excited to give a second (or third) life to these materials. Unfortunately, it can be hard for some recycling facilities to capture these items – instead, their environmental benefit lies in their front end materials. For these items, please dispose of them responsibly and only recycle them if they are accepted.  There are some regions where #1 PET recycling has expanded and you can put our RestorationPET™ items in the recycling bin. It's not everywhere yet, but hopefully one day soon. We encourage you to check with your local municipality or materials recovered facility (MRF for short) to see if they are accepted and if not, to learn when they will be.

Where is your PLA sourced from?

Our raw materials come from a variety of plant-based sources including wheat straw and sugar cane fiber, corn, talc, and paper from sustainably harvested trees.  Our PLA comes from a variety of sources, depending on which manufacturing facility we are manufacturing at.  Most of our products are manufactured in the United States and Asia.  Our PLA is often times sourced nearby those manufacturing facilities.

How can I tell the difference between compostable and traditional products?

Will compostable products breakdown faster in the landfill than traditional items?

No. Our products are designed to be composted using a process which does not occur in landfills. Microorganisms, carbon, water, oxygen, and nitrogen are all necessary elements of the composting process.  If sent to an open landfill or dump where oxygen is available, compostables will degrade at a rate similar to other biodegradable materials in the same setting. If compostable products are placed in the more common air-tight landfill and deprived of oxygen and microorganisms, they will not be able to biodegrade. This is true of all biodegradable materials in landfills, including paper, yard waste, and food waste.

Can I put hot liquid in compostable products?

Ingeo products (all clear items) are ideal for cold foods and liquids and should not be used for products over 120°F.  Paper cups and bowls that are lined with PLA are suitable for temperatures up to 220°F.  Plant fiber products are suitable for temperatures up to 200°F.  Our utensils and dinnerware is suitable for temperatures up to 200°F.

How long does it take these products to breakdown in a commercial composter?

  • PLA cold cups, deli containers, straws, etc. - 2-3 months

  • PLA utensils - 2-4 months

  • PLA trash bags and kitchen bags - 2-3 months

  • Wheat straw plates, take-out containers, bowls, cups, and trays - 2-3 months

  • Paper hot cups and bowls - 2-3 months

  • Lids for hot cups and bowls - 2-4 months

Are these products BPI certified?

Yes!  All of our compostable products are BPI certified.  To find a commercial composter near you, click here.

Plant Fiber Products

What are your plant fiber products made from?

Our main source of plant fiber is wheat straw, though it is occasionally supplemented by sugar cane and bamboo. In many agricultural processes, wheat straw is treated merely as the agricultural waste that remains after grain or juice is extracted. It is commonly thrown away or burned.  For Restoration Packaging™, straw is a valuable resource that can be fashioned into disposable products like plates, take-out containers, bowls, etc.  Using plant fiber protects forests, uses less energy and fewer toxic chemicals than paper alternatives, provides a new revenue for farmers, and is a renewable and sustainable resource.

How well do the plant fiber products handle heat?

Our plant fiber products will handle hot food and beverages up to 200° F.  They are both microwave and freezer safe.

How long does it take for these products to breakdown in a commercial composter?

When these products make their way into a commercial composting facility through proper collection and dispersal, they will breakdown in no more than 2-3 months.

Paper Products

What kind of paper do you use?

  • Our paper hot cups and bowls are made from sustainably harvested paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).  This certification verifies that a forest is responsibly managed to mitigate the common destructive consequences of logging: habitat destruction, water pollution, displacement of indigenous peoples, violence against people who work in the forest, and violence against the wildlife that lives there.

  • Our paper napkins are made from 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper.  Hot Cup Sleeves are made from 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper.  In our office and in all marketing materials, we use 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper.

Composting

What is composting?

Composting is breaking down organic material by bacteria, yeasts, and fungi into healthy, fertile soil.

How do I find my nearest composting facility?

To find a commercial composter near you, click here!

How do I properly dispose of my compostable products?

Compostable products should be sent to a commercial composting facility. Unfortunately, not every city has a nearby composting site. You can contact your city’s waste management and/or recycling programs for further information on your composting options. Your city or county website will often have information on composting and free composting classes available.

 

Information on how to create your own compost can be found here.

Will compostables breakdown faster in the landfill?

No. Our products are designed to be composted using a process which does not occur in landfills. Microorganisms, carbon, water, oxygen, and nitrogen are all necessary elements of the composting process.  If sent to an open landfill or dump where oxygen is available, compostables will degrade at a rate similar to other biodegradable materials in the same setting. If compostable products are placed in the more common air-tight landfill and deprived of oxygen and microorganisms, they will not be able to biodegrade. This is true of all biodegradable materials in landfills, including paper, yard waste, and food waste.

Health Related

Are your products edible?

While our products are generally non-toxic, they are not recommended for human consumption. If accidentally ingested, contact your physician.

Are your products gluten-free?

Yes. Our wheat straw products are gluten free. These products are made from the straw leftover after the grain is harvested, not the grain itself. A third-party test confirmed the protein in wheat that can trigger reactions is not found in our finished products.

What if I am allergic to corn starch?

When food is heated past the heat-labile point, its chemical configuration changes. Due to the extreme heat and numerous processing steps to convert corn into our feedstock and then to Ingeo, it would not contain immunologically reactive profilin and therefore no concerns regarding allergic reactions from Ingeo.

Is the corn used to make the compostable liner GMO-free?

The corn used to make Ingeo™ is a mixed stream of non-GMO and GMO corn grown within 30 miles of NatureWorks’ facility in Blair, Nebraska. During the manufacture of Ingeo™ biopolymer, the multiple-stage processing and high heat used to create the polymer removes all traces of genetic material.

Does this mean the Restoration Packaging™ supports GMOs?

There is a lack of access to GMO-free crops that could be affordable to consumers.  Currently, 86% of the corn grown in the US is GMO, with 45% of it being used for livestock, poultry, and fish production and 27.5% for ethanol production.  While we do not want to purchase anything with a GMO-base, our primary goal is to lessen our reliance on petroleum-based products and prevent the environmental degradation caused by the manufacture of these products.  We believe that as the market for compostable bioplastics grows, we will soon have the purchasing power to eliminate GMOs in our products!