March 2005

Plastic cutlery confirmed compostable

Nat-Ur Inc., a Los Angeles company, has produced the first corn-based compostable cutlery that the Biodegradable Products Institute has recognized as compostable plastic in the U.S.

Nat-Ur Inc.´s utensils will be able to bear the institute´s Compostable Logo, indicating the product meets the institute´s American Standards for Testing and Materials specifications for compostable plastics. The company will use the symbol on all of its utensils. The utensils are made from renewable resources and compost, just like food scraps and yard trimmings, said Frederic Scheer, president and CEO of Nat-Ur.

The Compostable Logo is a joint effort between the U.S. Composting Council and the Biodegradable Products Institute to identify biodegradable plastic products. Manufacturers must submit data from an approved independent laboratory that shows their products meet the ASTM specifications. The standard ensures that the products will disintegrate and biodegrade quickly without leaving behind toxic residues or plastic fragments.

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