PLA, or polylactic acid, is a popular bioplastic. It's made from plants like corn and is often labeled as compostable. But there's a catch. PLA doesn't break down easily in your backyard compost pile. It needs special industrial composting facilities to fully break down.
Many eco-friendly products use PLA. But without the right facilities, these PLA products act just like regular plastic. For example, check out these compostable straws made from PLA. They need special facilities to fully break down.
Want to know more? Check out "A popular ‘compostable’ bioplastic isn’t as biodegradable as it seems" by Popular Science.
On a brighter note, our Pandaboard bamboo fiber products, made from bamboo fiber and plant starch, are home compostable - a true green alternative!