How are compostable containers made?
The new compostable take-away materials are made with polylactic acid (PLA).
PLA products are made from dextrose, a sugar extracted from corn. No. 2 yellow dent corn is the cheapest, most abundant source of fermentable sugar in the world. In addition to being 100% renewable, the polymers in the new take-away containers emit 80% less greenhouse gases than traditional petroleum-based polymers and require 65% less fossil fuels to produce.