Innovative green company debuts single use clear cups for cold beverages and high-heat tolerant cutlery made from plants—not petroleum, helping consumers lower their carbon footprint

image Los Angeles, CA, April 2012 : Repurpose® Compostables, creators of premium, eco-friendly food service products, based in Los Angeles, is pleased to announce the release of their plant based, clear cups for cold beverages and heat resistant cutlery. Traditional plastic cups and cutlery are made from oil but Repurpose Compostable’s products are made from plants. Repurpose’s mission is to eliminate single use plastics from the environment and help consumers easily incorporate eco-friendly, sustainable products into their lives. The high performance clear cups are BPA free, non-toxic, and made from annually renewable resources using Ingeo™ resin. The durable cutlery is also made from Ingeo™ resin, is heat resistant up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, and won’t bend or break giving consumers the same performance as the plastic products they are used to. Perfect for parties, picnics, sporting events or anywhere disposables are needed; consumers now have the convenience of single use product while still lessening their impact on the environment. The cups and cutlery will compost in 90 days in a commercial composter offering the most efficient end of life option for disposables.

Repurpose Compostables clear cups will be available to consumers in 12 and 16 oz sizes in packs of 24 and 50. Cutlery will be available in boxes of 24 forks, 24 knives and 24 spoons as well as in a 24 count mixed pack with 8 of each item.

“We are excited to be extending the Repurpose line to consumers with our clear cups and cutlery,” said Lauren Gropper, Chief Executive Officer of Repurpose Compostables. “The cups and cutlery look and feel like the traditional cups and cutlery consumers are used to but by using plants we are lessening the amount of C02 generated each year and offering people the comfort of knowing their cup isn’t made of petroleum.”

Repurpose Compostables launched the award wining, revolutionary, insulated hot cup at Bed Bath & Beyond in 2011 and will be introducing the clear cup, cutlery and the hot cup to a variety of new retailers in the coming months.

Unbeknownst to many consumers, traditional cups are made from petroleum meaning they will not biodegrade and with recycling rates in the United State below 10%, most end up in landfills. Repurpose® products break down into carbon dioxide, water and biomass in a commercial compost setting in 90 days or less. The compost material from our products is then used to grow more plants creating a complete cradle-to-cradle setting when used optimally. If not composted, Repurpose® products still generate less C02.

About Repurpose:

Repurpose products are made from plants, not petroleum, using Ingeo™ resin and meet ASTM 6400 compostability standards. Founded in 2009, Repurpose® Compostables offers a line of high quality, compostable food service products for consumers at a reasonable price. Repurpose’s mission is to educate the public about the problems of continuing to use petroleum-based plastic products while offering renewable, plant-based, compostable alternatives.

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