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FAQ About Our Products in Detroit, MI

At Green Safe Products we are aware that some businesses in the community are unaware of our products and the science behind them. That is why we have included a list of common questions that we receive from our clients.

Q: Where can I buy Green Safe products?

A: Green Safe products are primarily sold out of our main warehouse in Detroit. There are biodegradable restaurant supplies available at www.greensafestore.com where they can be ordered and shipped anywhere in the United States. You may also purchase them at Plum Market stores found in Ann Arbor, Bloomfield, and West Bloomfield Michigan. Minimize your footprint with our eco-friendly food packaging supplies. Detroit business owners put their trust in us.

Q: What makes Green Safe products compostable?

A: Some Green Safe products are made from Bagasse, the natural cellulose fibers that remain after sugarcane has been processed to remove all the liquid “juice” from the sugarcane stalk. Traditionally, these fibers were either burned for making steam at the sugar mill or thrown away. Sugarcane is biologically a tropical grass, and hence the fibers are natural cellulose, which are very similar to the fibers from trees, bamboo, hemp, and other fibrous plants in nature. Natural fibers, such as these, will biodegrade in the presence of heat, moisture, oxygen, and microorganisms that feed on the fibers as part of their normal diets. There are no synthetic fibers used in Green Safe products. Green Safe’s Jaya and Planet + products use polylactic acid (PLA) and other biopolymers, that are also made of sustainable plant materials and industrially compostable.

Q: What is bagasse?

A: Bagasse is the biomass remaining after sugarcane stalks are crushed to extract their juice. The material is made from upcycled sugarcane waste recovered from sugar refineries. The crushed stalks, which are normally disposed of by burning, are taken to a processing plant where they are converted into paperboard in much the same way as wood pulp is used for cardboard. Since the raw materials used to produce Green Safe tableware and packaging are the byproduct of food-grade sugar processing, the bagasse paperboard is clean and free of any contaminants throughout the entire manufacturing process. This makes it safe for food contact, pharmaceutical packaging, and personal care items. The process requires no bleaching and has less impact on the environment than making paper from trees. Bagasse is used as a tree-free alternative for making paper. Bagasse paper, along with papyrus and parchment (made from animal skin) was one of the earliest types of writing surfaces and is still popular today with artists and calligraphers.

Q: Can Green safe provide privately labeled products?

A: Absolutely. Many restaurants carry private labeled Green Safe products. In addition, food service providers may order branded food packaging supplies. Michigan eco-friendly companies use our products.

Q: What is the best way to dispose of Green Safe products?

A: All refuse should be disposed of properly and should never be thrown away in the ocean. Green Safe products can be disposed of or composted. When there is food residue on the plate, container etc. disposal of our products into the wet garbage stream is preferred, or ideally in a commercial composting facility. Many municipalities direct their wet garbage (food waste) into composting operations. The best way to dispose of Green Safe products at home is to use a home composter. Green Safe plates can even be torn up and buried in a garden where they will break down and become part of the soil. Green Safe biopolymer products will also break down in a home composter, but the process will take noticeably longer than other Green Safe food packaging supplies. Detroit homeowners can minimize their carbon footprint by composting.

Q: How long will it take Green Safe products to break down?

A: There are several variables that can influence how long it takes for our products to decompose when composted. Heat and moisture are two of the most significant. On average, the Green Safe sugar cane fiber products break down in 6 or 7 weeks. Our biopolymer products normally break down in 12 to 18 weeks. Tearing or breaking the products before placing them in the composter will speed the process.

Q: What happens if Green Safe products wind up in a landfill? Will they still biodegrade?

A: Our products break down extremely quickly in commercial composters. Even if our products end up in a landfill, they will still break down provided air and moisture is present, though the process may take significantly longer and greatly depends on how the landfill operates.

Of course, Green Safe recommends that businesses and consumers take an active role in managing their own waste in an earth-friendly way by using our food packaging supplies. Detroit community members can make a difference. The process of commercial composting and home composting has come a long way in the past few decades, and effective composting units are readily available. Furthermore, it is important for businesses and consumers to hold local governments accountable to how waste is handled in your area and to help be an agent of change in areas where poor practices are still in place. Many can start by simply deciding to purchase biodegradable restaurant supplies for alternatives to what they have now. Everyone needs to be a part of the solution.