Natural Tableware embrace the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations, each goal has a specific target to be achieved over the next 15 years. Natural Tableware focus foremost on goal 13 addressing climate change and goal 14 aiming to conserve the oceans.
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Planetary warming continued in 2016, setting a new record of about 1.1 degrees Centigrade above the preindustrial period, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2016. Drought conditions predominated across much of the globe, aggravated by the El Niño phenomenon In the Statement, WMO also noted that the extent of global sea ice fell to a minimum of 4.14 million km2 in 2016, the second lowest extent on record. Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels also reached a record high of 400 parts per million that year. Mitigating climate change and its impacts will require building on the momentum achieved by the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which entered into force on 4 November 2016. Stronger efforts are needed to build resilience and limit climate-related hazards and natural disasters.
Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development 18. The increasingly adverse impacts of climate change (including ocean acidification), over fishing and marine pollution are jeopardizing recent gains in protecting portions of the world’s oceans.
All the products we manufacture and source support these two sustainable development goals. Made of natural or residual materials where no chemicals or toxins are added during the production process, resulting in a 100% compostable product.
Compostability Is The Solution
Renewable resources are any natural resource that can replenish itself naturally over time, such as the palm bark used to produce our Hampi line. No trees are cut down or torn apart when sourcing this raw material, the bark simply falls off naturally and is collected once it’s on the ground.
Biodegradable vs. Compostable
Biodegradability and compostability are two terms used to describe our products, but the two terms differ slightly. Both biodegradable and compostable materials will breakdown and decompose overtime, however, the difference between the two is the time frame of the decomposing process and the by-product that is left behind. This depends on the material and the circumstances of the process. Technically all materials are biodegradable, but a traditional plastic water bottle will take 450 years to decompose.
Biodegradable refers to the ability of materials to break down. In order for packaging products or materials to qualify as biodegradable, they must completely break down and decompose into natural elements within a short time after disposal - typically a year or less. Biodegradation occurs when microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and algae convert materials into biomass, carbon dioxide and water.
Composting process is similar to the biodegradation process, except that the biodegradation process is carried out in a composting facility, where conditions (water, humidity, temperature, and lighting) are optimally tuned to bring about a speedy biodegradation.
Compostable materials are similar to biodegradable materials, as they are both intended to return to the earth safely. However, compostable materials go one step further by providing the earth with nutrients once the material has completely broken down. These materials are added to compost piles, which are designated sites with specific conditions dependent on wind, sunlight, drainage and other factors. While biodegradable materials are designed to break down within landfills, compostable materials require special composting conditions. Compostable packaging materials include starch-based packing peanuts - an alternative to Styrofoam loose fill packaging that can be dissolved in water and added to composts for safe disposal.
According to standards developed by the Biodegradable Products Institute, PLA, a popular biodegradable material for green companies, will only decompose into carbon dioxide and water in a “controlled composting environment,” not in a backyard composting arrangement.
When it comes to sustainable products many people are suspicious to how sustainable they actually are and therefore want to see proof of this in the form of certification schemes. We understand where they are coming from and appreciate their critical mind set, but certifications are expensive to register for and maintain and for some reason sustainability certifications are very expensive.
There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of certification schemes on every aspect of sustainability, who knows exactly what they mean?
We prefer to spend our money on innovation and invest in the end product. We believe in the power of the strength of social network, transparency and partnership where peer-review is applied to certify our sustainable credentials.
We commit ourselves to the following principles:
We value all our resources
All our products are made from organic, renewable sources. We minimize waste from our production and reuse our resources as much as we can.
We involve the people we work with
Phasing out plastic disposables is a big task, and we need everyone in our team to rise to the occasion. That’s why we empower our employees, partners, suppliers, and our community; invest in training and in the exchange of knowledge; and enable everyone who works with us to contact us, to engage with us and to share ideas for improvement.
We integrate circular economy principles in our production
We use as little fossil/non-renewable resources as we can, we don’t add chemicals or toxins to our products, we try to find recycling uses for everything we can’t use ourself and we monitor and improve our use of water and energy.
Our products promote sustainable consumption
We set the standard for sustainable products. Our products show end-users how great alternatives to fossil-based products actually are. We inspire our customers to support more sustainable options and create a change in their industy.
Our products reduce the environmental impact of our clients
All our products can be processed as organic waste, all of them are biodegradable, most of them even compostable.
We strive to increase the awareness of compostable products
Refuse and replace plastic disposables is the only way to go. Many people are under the impression that recycling plastic is helping us solve the issue with plastic litter but this is not the case. The only way to get the problem under control is to phase out plastic, especially single use packaging and disposables.