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Since launch, Repurpose has saved 8,638 metric tons of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere and 3,531,805 pounds of waste from ending up in landfills.
Not only does the manufacturing process reduce our footprint, but the compostable nature of our products further reduces greenhouse gas emissions. By diverting waste from landfills, emissions associated with landfills—such as methane which has a global warming potential (GWP) 25x that of CO2—are greatly decreased. Composted products can be used to help grow the plant-based materials used to make future products. This is closed-loop sustainability.
Our design goal is to make products so good, you’d want to use them even if you didn’t care about being green. On top of our environmental commitment, our products live up to these standards:
Safer—our plastics are BPA-free, a toxic hormone-disrupting chemical found in many plastic products. They are also free of phthalates, PC and PBDE. And our paper pulp is naturally white so it’s unbleached and chlorine-free.
Our products are also wheat-free, gluten-free, and soy-free. Good for all but especially those with allergies.
Durable— our products match or exceed the durability of conventional products.
Great design— thoughtful features and aesthetics make using and serving with Repurpose a great experience.
Peace of Mind—better for the earth, better for you, better all around.
Innovation is a constant for us. We’re committed to using and finding the newest green technologies to create the very best products possible at affordable prices. We work with our partners to find new upcyclable materials, take advantage of new methods and even work with communities to help compostable systems become a larger part of our waste and climate change solutions.
Currently, our priorities are to find new and better ingredients, reducing the cost to consumers, and moving our manufacturing to the United States.
ASTM D6400 and D6868 Certified – all compostable products
The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) certifications ensure that our products break down into natural materials; decompose at a rate fast enough that the products are not visually distinguishable within 90 days; and leave no toxic residues behind.
BPI Certified – all compostable products
The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) is a 3rd party validator of the compostability of materials based on ASTM standards. Our products have been thoroughly vetted and found to be completely compostable by BPI.
USDA Certified Bio-based – compostable plates, bowls, cups and cutlery
This United States Department of Agriculture certification ensures that our products are manufactured using only approved substances in a way that protects natural resources and conserves biodiversity.
Our goal is to reduce single-use plastic. By addressing the plastic problem, we're offering manageable, everyday actions to help address climate change.
Our platform is turning the overlooked, wasteful items of everyday life—disposable paper and plastic, trash bags, kid’s cups—and turning them into wantable essentials with far less impact. We use plant-based bioplastics, upcycled materials, and great design as our primary tools.
It is very important to dispose of ALL products in a responsible manner to make sure they do not reach waterways. When foreign material ends up in bodies of water, marine habitats are disrupted and wildlife is harmed.
A 2012 study from CalRecycle found that when our PLA products breakdown in a marine environment they do not release microplastics, toxic chemicals or other hazardous byproducts like oil-based plastics do. No matter where they end up, they have a lower carbon footprint than comparable non-compostable products.
In theory, our PLA based reusable products could be recycled and remade into new products. However, there isn’t currently enough demand for recycled PLA products, so our current waste systems will typically sort them into landfill waste if recycled. No matter how they are disposed of, our products have a lower carbon footprint than non-compostable competitors.
We’re happy to say our products will eventually break down into natural elements without leaving behind microplastics. Our reusable products and PLA based compostable products do not release any hazardous byproducts or toxic chemicals when they breakdown in environment.
Our reusable products are not certified compostable. They are made from the same material as our compostable cups and cutlery, but are much thicker so will not break down in the 180-day time frame needed to be considered compostable.
No matter where our reusable products end up, they will eventually break down into natural elements that return to the earth leaving no microplastics or toxic chemicals behind.
Our reusable products are manufactured overseas (in China and Taiwan) in factories that meet all social compliance standards and are ISO Certified. We are currently formulating a cost-effective strategy to shift manufacturing to the United States.
Our reusable products are free of toxic chemicals and safe for you, your family, and the planet.
Our reusable products are made from 100% plant-based materials derived from corn and sugar beets. We’ve ensured that our products are sustainably-sourced down to the tiniest detail. Even our ink is vegetable-based.
Materials used include:
It is very important to dispose of any and all products in a responsible manner to make sure they do not reach waterways. When foreign material ends up in bodies of water, marine habitats are disrupted and wildlife is harmed.
Composting our compostable products for the greatest environmental benefit. However, if they end up in a landfill their carbon footprint is still less than non-compostable competitors. No matter where our products end up, they will eventually break down into natural elements without leaving behind microplastics.
Our PLA based compostable products do not release any hazardous byproducts or toxic chemicals when they breakdown in environment.
Recent studies have shown that much of what we put into our recycling bins actually ends up in landfills. Due to geopolitical reasons and the sheer volume of waste produced, recycling does not solve all our waste diversion needs.
That’s where we come in! Composting offers a closed-loop solution for single-use products and helps ease the burden carried by recycling plants. When done correctly, composting generates no waste and helps contribute to the production of more plant-based plastic alternatives.
In theory, our PLA based compostable products could be recycled and remade into new products. However, there isn’t currently enough demand for recycled PLA products, so our current waste systems will typically sort them into landfill waste if recycled. No matter how they are disposed of, our products have a lower carbon footprint than non-compostable competitors.
No matter where they end up, our products will eventually break down into natural elements without leaving behind microplastics. Our reusable products and PLA based compostable products do not release any hazardous byproducts or toxic chemicals when they breakdown in environment.
We recommend that our products be composted in an industrial/commercial compost facility to ensure that they fully breakdown in a reasonable timeframe.
Some major cities including San Francisco, Portland, Minneapolis, Boulder, and Seattle have curbside composting programs. Contact your local waste management service to see if your city is one of them and find more information on how to properly compost our products.
Here is a link with industrial composting sites across the nation:
Here is a link to some independent businesses that specialize in compost pick-up:
The packaging for our compostable products is made from recycled materials as much as possible. It is recyclable, not compostable. The available packaging made from compostable materials does not perform well enough to ensure your products make it home clean and safe. On top of that it would add 20-30% to the overall cost!
We are committed to continuing our work innovating cost-effective compostable packaging that’s up to our performance standards. We hope to make all our packaging compostable soon.
Great question! Most people thing these words mean the same thing, but there’s a very important distinction.
Biodegradable simply means that disintegration will occur, without specifying an amount of time or what the end material may be. Technically, any material is biodegradable given a very broad time scale. We may be talking billions of years!
Companies often use the term “biodegradable” to confuse consumers. It is now illegal to label a product as “biodegradable” in California, and any product must legally undergo third-party testing to claim it anywhere else.
Compostable materials must degrade at a certain rate into a nutrient-rich substance to earn certifications. We consider “compostable” to be a legitimate way to measure and represent a product’s end-of-life impact on the environment.
Our compostable products are certified as compostable, not just biodegradable.
Composting is the process of transforming organic waste into a rich soil material through natural processes. This material is called humus—not to be confused with the delicious chickpea dish. Humus is a natural fertilizer with wonderful benefits.
Composting happens because of the activity of aerobic microorganisms. In the right conditions, they go to work pushing along the decomposition process of naturally sourced materials like food scraps, egg shells and our products. They need a moist, oxygen-rich environment to make this happen. This not only diverts waste from the landfill, but also directly enhances the health of the environment by creating alternatives to chemical fertilizers.
Based on our certifications, you can count on our compostable products being totally composted in a commercial facility within 90-180 days.
As of Feb 1, 2021, Repurpose factories are 100% PFAS-free. We're proud to be the first tableware brand to address, eliminate, and replace PFAS in our products. Our PFAS-free products will begin shipping late 2021.
Our compostable products are safe for you and better for the planet, which in our minds, is the ultimate safety consideration. You can rely on this:
Chlorine free Chlorine is used to manufacture many plastic consumer products. Chlorinated chemicals can cause cancer, harm your nervous system, and cause liver, kidney, and lung diseases.
Yes. Some companies use wheat scrap as a plant fiber in their products. By relying on plants like corn, sugarcane, wood scrap, and eucalyptus, we provide an allergy-free solution.
Our compostable products are:
Our compostable products are made from various renewable, plant-based materials that provide excellent quality, while allowing you to feel good about using them. We’ve down the work to be sure each is sustainably sourced down to the tiniest detail. Even our ink is vegetable-based.
Our products require very specific conditions (microorganisms, certain temperatures, and moisture) to begin the composting process, so they will not break down if stored for long periods. Always check products for any applicable expiration dates.
The cost of shipping single-item orders starts at $8.99 and will vary depending on the method selected. Orders shipping to Hawaii and Alaska are subject to additional fees. You’ll see them in the checkout process before you complete your order.
Currently, we do not ship to outlying U.S. island territories such as Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
All orders are carefully packed and shipped via USPS Priority Mail (Expedited) or UPS Ground (Ground).
Yes! Orders are shipped to military addresses via USPS Priority Mail's expedited shipping.