Well, it turns out, that stuff isn't breaking down in the compost facilities and is creating more harm to the compost than anticipated. If we continued to use the bio-plastics, knowing that they would end up in the landfill, where they would be emitting methane, which is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide. On top of that, it takes more petroleum, energy, and resources to make bio-plastics than it does to make a petroleum-based plastic cup. So the carbon footprint alone is very substantial. Lastly, compost facilities cannot resell their compost as organic fertilizer if they accept bio-plastics. What a mess!! Right?
Because of this, we have to switch back to Polyethylene Terephthalate (Plastic #1) cups. As there is currently a market for them at the recycling facility that we send our recycling too. This decision was not made lightly and included multiple conversations with the compost facility and recycling facility.
We hope that you still stand by us in this extremely hard discuss our team had to make. But this is the most sustainable option we are currently presented with. You bet your 'snow' we will be working hard to figure out a single-use plastic-free version for 2020, but please bear with us for 2019 and recycle your plastic #1 cups. As for everything else, it will still be 100% compostable.
Living plastic-free and still want to get your drink on??
Here are some tips you can do to reduce your plastic footprint while at SnowGlobe
- Buy drinks that come in a can - beer, wine and seltzer
- Bring your own *clean* cup to reuse for drinks
Thank you for understanding and we promise we will continue to research the most sustainable option.