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How to Care For and Store PLA Packaging

So, while your PLA packaging looks and feels like the typical plastic products, they need to be cared for differently because of the nature of the material.

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Congrats! You’ve made the switch from single-use plastics to plant-based compostables. To make sure your packaging lasts for you and your customers, we’ve put together this easy care guide.

PLA, or polylactic acid, is a polymer made from biomass such as corn or sugarcane. PLA is meant to break down in commercial composting environments while traditional plastics are meant to last forever. So, while your PLA packaging looks and feels like the typical plastic products, they need to be cared for differently because of the nature of the material.


Keep them cool

Temperatures above 110 degrees Fahrenheit can warp your PLA products.

  • Keep out of direct sunlight
  • Store in air-conditioned storage space. Avoid hot kitchens or food truck storage
  • Move the boxes to a cool location as soon as they are delivered

Remember, PLA is designed to breakdown in hot temperatures just like compost. It’s important to avoid placing them in the type of conditions that promote degredation.

Consider Alternatives

If you don’t have a good location to store these items safely, we provide alternatives for many of our PLA containers. These alternative are still compostable, plant-based, and eco-friendly, but may work better if your storage is not temperature-controlled.

  • Instead of PLA deli containers or salad bowls, use fiber bowls or paper bowls
  • Instead of PLA straws, use PHA straws
  • Instead of PLA clamshells, use fiber clamshells
  • Instead of PLA cold cups, use paper hot cups

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