Island Plastic Bags, Inc. sells single use packets of plastic cutlery as well as cases of plastic forks, spoons, and knives. Single use packets are popular among restaurants and airlines that provide their customers with a set of plastic cutlery to go with their meals. The plastic cutlery is made out of polystyrene and manufactured so that the cutlery is sturdy. For the more environmentally conscious customer, the company also sells biodegradable* plastic cutlery.



The company sells polystyrene cutlery that utilizes an additive made by ECM Biofilms, Inc. to make the cutlery biodegradable (49.28% biodegradation in 900 days under non-typical conditions. No evidence of further biodegradation.). Plastics manufactured with the ECM additive will break down completely into water, carbon dioxide, and humus in the presence of oxygen or into methane, carbon dioxide, and humus without the presence of oxygen under conditions within a landfill. The additive allows the cutlery to degrade when it comes into contact with micro-organisms in the soil. The advantage of using ECM technology to make biodegradable* cutlery is that the cutlery retains the strength of polystyrene and the cutlery does not start to degrade until the cutlery comes into contact with micro-organisms. Biodegradable cutlery made out of organic material does not have the strength of polystyrene cutlery and it starts to degrade from the moment it is manufactured. Biodegradable cutlery made out of organic material is also far more expensive than the company’s biodegradable polystyrene cutlery. For more information about the company’s biodegradable* products, click here.

The advantage of using ECM technology to make biodegradable* cutlery is that the cutlery retains the strength of polystyrene and the cutlery does not start to degrade until the cutlery comes into contact with micro-organisms.

For a listing of plastic cutlery and biodegradable* cutlery the company keeps in stock, click here.

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* 49.28% biodegradation in 900 days under non-typical conditions. No evidence of further biodegradation.