1. You can trust the Green Choice brand.

The Green Choice range consists of the most popular types and sizes of takeaway food and drink containers and utensils. Our products can be trusted, they have earned the required levels of managed forestry, compostability and food safety certification. All pulp used in paper and kraft manufacture is derived from well managed forests and complies with relevant sustainable forest standards. All PLA products comply with EN 13432 (09-2000) standards and AVI/OK 1 testing for "OK COMPOST" confirmation. All products passed SGS EU 10/2011 and EN 1186-1/9/14:2002 food safety testing methodology (tolerance to high temperatures and fatty substances, and absence of heavy metals). All our products are free of petroleum-based plastics and all inks and glues are food or water based.

2. We do not use petroleum-based plastics.

Choosing the right type of disposable container can be confusing, especially if a plastic liner has been added to the inside to keep it waterproof. Some products lined with plastic in NZ are labelled as biodegradable. This simply means that the normal rate of degradation will increase due to bacteria "being encouraged" to eat away at the plastic polymers and make them break down faster. This is fine if the polymers are food-based, like PLA (Polylactic Acid), because the remaining residue will be food matter. But, if the polymers are petrochemical-based (usually PE - Polyethylene) then the residue is still a petro-chemical and the biodegradation has actually speeded up the decay of the unwanted residues and made it easier for these to leach into our soils and waterways. We encourage New Zealanders to avoid purchasing products labelled as biodegradable but are not classed as compostable.

3. Only plant-based materials are used.

Our products are plant-based, it may help to picture what happens to an apple when left to decay. Left indoors with no control (changes to temperature, humidity, air movement and the likely existence of bacteria), the apple may only stay edible for up to a week. It will start to rot and will eventually decay. Left outdoors with no control (exposure to the elements, bacteria and animals), the apple may not last a couple of days. It will decay and likely be completely eaten by insects and microbes until nothing is left. If the apple is deposited in a landfill, the apple will eventually decay into food matter. It may not become suitable as compost because the right temperature, humidity, air movement and bacteria conditions may not exist. Nevertheless, it remains as decayed food matter and will not harm our ecosystem. This is what happens to Green Choice products in a landfill. If the apple was placed in a controlled composting bin (correct temperature, humidity, air movement and bacteria), then the apple will decay and eventually become compost (which means the residue will be suitable for adding to the soil and to nourish plants). This is what happens to Green Choice products in a commercial composting facility.

4. Plant-based materials are eco-friendly.

Our waterways are swimming with petroleum-based plastics that take thousands of years to breakdown. Even when the particles are at their molecular level, these are still ingested by the lowest members of the food chain, and these are then eaten by the largest members upwards (which eventually ends at human consumption). Our landfills are full of petroleum-based plastics as unfortunately most of the discarded plastics are contaminated with fatty food waste, and/or sealed in unopened black bin bags, and recyclers do not recycle them. These plastics take thousands of years to breakdown and they can leach petrochemical residues into our underground waterways. Plant-based products, such as corn-starch based PLA, are better options as these safely decay as nature intended.