Sustainability

Sustainable Lifecycle Pioneers in Cutlery:

Lifecycle of EcoTensil Products

Disposables are part of our world. EcoTensil’s goal is to offer affordable, disposable, single-use utensils that reduce the amount of costly waste impacting our planet and future generations.

Beginning of Life

Sustainably managed forests:

The cradle-to-cradle lifecycle of EcoTensils begins with well managed forests, where biodiversity is allowed to thrive, waterways are healthy, and CO2 is sequestered. 

 

Supporting well-managed forests:

By supporting well-managed forests, we create greater market demand for certified material. This grows a system that supports healthy, carbon sequestering forests instead of harmful clear cutting.

Conscientious manufacturing:

Our primary facility has won numerous awards and is engaged in many levels of sustainability practices, from recycling 95% of waste to energy efficiency measures.

100% made in the U.S.:

Our paper is harvested from sustainably logged forests in Arkansas, Idaho and the Midwest. Localized production in the Midwest reduces greenhouse gases. We are proud to support American companies and their work forces.

Middle of Life

Reduce, Reduce and Reduce:

The best way to reduce our exploding human footprint on our one and only planet is to simply reduce the amount of material we use. EcoTensils are extremely material efficient, literally using about 1/3-1/5 of the material and space of their plastic counterparts!

Reduced shipping:

Reducing material also means a significantly lighter carbon footprint in shipping.

Reduce demo materials:

Because our tasters have a full-sized “bowl” area they can replace costly, dense FULL-sized utensils frequently needed in demos! EcoTasters are used to “plate” samples, reducing the need for a spoon AND a cup.

End of Life

Compostability

The “GreenDot” EcoTasters have a primarily mineral-based coating as a moisture barrier, and they have passed the Cedar Grove test for compostability. The AquaDot material is EN13432 certified for "OK Home Compost." 

Compostability_Test_SamplingSpoon_BioPlastic_vs_Paperboard_EcoTensil

EcoTaster after four weeks in compost, compared to a “biodegradable” spoon in the same compost.

EcoTasters break down completely in 3-6 weeks, so they easily break down in composting facilities that require 180 days! Happily, the number of composting facilities is increasing, so items like food waste and EcoTasters can be regenerated in a closed loop lifecycle. 
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Recyclability:

GreenDot EcoTasters and AquaDot EcoTensils are fully re-pulpable, and produce high quality recycled fiber.

Reducing waste in landfill:

Importantly, if EcoTasters do end up in the landfill, they will have used 1⁄4 the amount of material and take up 1⁄4 of the space vs. plastic utensils.

EcoTasters use roughly 20% of the cube space of plastic.

Our two product lines: • GreenDot   AquaDot 
 GreenDot line consists of EcoTaster MINI and MID 
   • Our most sustainable material
   • Used for sampling — perfect for a few bites.
   • Compliant for Compostability
   • Recyclable
   • Uses roughly 1/4 the material of plastic/bioplastic/wood utensils.

AquaDot line is used for on-package products, food service, and iScoops for ice cream.
    Certified plastic-free (SUPD compliant)
   • Long lasting for full servings.
    Material efficient – uses roughly 1/4 the material of plastic/bioplastic/wood utensils.
   • Recyclable and compostable.