Most people are against wasting plastic, including the team at Sourced. I (chef Jessica) have been known to go so far as to wash, dry and reuse ziploc bags around my house when possible. It was important that Sourced Cuisine use packaging that is eco-friendly, though the options are limited.
When we launched in 2015, we researched options, finding a supplier named EcoProducts, where we sourced our delivery packaging. We selected a clear recyclable and compostable bio-plastic container. Among the options available, this was the most supportive of our high level of presentation and artful plating, even though it was a little more expensive.
Curious about how this “plastic” could be eco-friendly, I did what I always do: research. I found out that the clear plastic containers are actually made of plant sugars. A patented product called Ingeo is the material they are composed of, a biopolymer formulated from leftover corn sugars. The sugars are fermented and formed into long chain peptides that become beads of a biological material that look and act like plastic. These beads are made into a number of things including our Sourced Cuisine food containers.
I wondered how it was possible for plastic to break down in compost, so I found this info from the Ingeo site interesting: “Food serviceware products made from Ingeo plastic can be industrial composted – a much needed solution when disposable utensils are contaminated with food remnants. This organics recovery is already successfully diverting food waste from landfill to compost. There are case studies showing how Ingeo is helping teams across the United States and Europe reduce their environmental impact here.”
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