Mar 10, 2023

Q&A on PLA Products

  1. What is the material difference between general plastic and PLA(Polylactic Acid)?

    • General plastic is a synthetic polymer that is made from petrochemicals, while PLA is a biodegradable thermoplastic that is made from renewable resources, such as corn starch, or sugarcane.
  2. How long does it take for PLA to biodegrade?

    • The length of time it takes for PLA to biodegrade depends on the environmental conditions, but it can take anywhere from several months to a few years.
  3. Can PLA be recycled?

    • Yes, PLA can be recycled. PLA has to be separated from othe plastics during collection and it requires high temp./humidity process to break down.
  4. Is PLA food safe?

    • Yes, PLA is generally considered to be food safe as it is plant starch extract in essence.
  5. How do I know if a product is made from PLA?

    • Check out on the recycling symbol on the product or packaging, which should indicate the type of plastic used. PLA is typically labeled with the number 7 and the letters "PLA" underneath the symbol
  6. What is the best way to dispose of PLA products?

    • The best way to dispose of PLA products is to dispose them in the compost bin. They would be gathered and sent to commercial composting facilities, where they will break down into organic matter.
  7. How can I dispose of PLA products if composting is not an option?

    • If composting is not an option, PLA products can be disposed of in the regular waste sysetm, where they will still break down over time. However, they could take longer to biodegrade than in a composting facility. 

  8. Are PLA products as strong as traditional platics products?

    • PLA products have similar strength and durability as traditional plastic products. They may not be suitable for certain applications that require high heat or pressure resistance. PLA products are often used for disposable items such as food packaging, utensils, and straws.