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Compostable Packaging Test: Whole Foods Deli Containers
Eight days in, the box was breaking down.
Ashley Hawkins, of Whole Foods Market, told me that the boxes are made from a mixture of natural fibers grown annually, including sugar cane pulp (bagasse), corn starch, cattails (bulrush), asparagus, tapioca root, and bamboo. ‘[The box] can also be easily integrated into our store compost and food waste collection programs,” said Ashley.
After noticing how well and quickly the box broke down in my backyard bin, I wasn’t surprised when Ashley also told me that Whole Foods tested the compostability of the packages themselves, in various locations (the dry and less-rainy Cali climate is very different from the hot, humid and rainy weather I get in Connecticut, yet good biodegradability needs to occur in both locations for a successful product).
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