Material

PLA is a poly lactic acid based on natural sugars made from corn or sugarcane. In the future it could also be made from sugar beet and algae. We also hope we’ll be able to make it from residual waste soon.
PLA is a chemical that is present in your body already! Your own body creates it …. PLA by itself can’t cause any allergic reactions or any other harm. In order to make a product out of PLA we use certain additives. If there are any health implications from these additives, we will mention so in the product passport.
Yes. We fit the criteria for EN-71-3, which is a European standard for toys for babies.
PLA has low odor retention. In practice it holds more odor than cotton but less than polyester.
Yes, if you would leave your products outside if would take around 10 years for it do biodegrade, in a controlled compost environment it would take around 10 days.

Recycling

Our goal is to create a circular economy. If you forget to return your bag and you throw it in the trash, unfortunately our products will become part of the linear economy. When discarded through regular waste or through textile waste collection, in both cases our products will end up burned or landfilled. This is because recyclers are not yet familiar with PLA and recycling for PLA is not yet internalized into conventional recycling.
Yes, to a certain extent. Once we receive your product, we will determine whether we should refurbish or recycle the product. Once we know what will happen with the product that will show in the product passport.
At CuRe technology in Emmen, Netherlands or at Futerro in Henegouwen, Belgium.
If it’s mechanical recycling, yes, in mechanical recycling you mince up the material and the fiber breaks, if you spin it again it loses some of its strength. If it’s molecular recycling then no, in this process the fiber loses none of its original properties.

Environment and Food

As of now we are getting our PLA via Total Energy Corbion, they source their PLA from Thailand, Brazil, etc. However, a factory for PLA in being built in France and we expect to source all of our PLA from there by 2024. We can say for sure that deforestation will not happen with the production in France, however we cannot say that about our current sources. You can read more in Total Energy Corbion's statement here.
Yes and no. Any land that is used for a different purpose than food is in principle taking that space away. But the percentage of land used for the growing of crops for PLA is very small. The land use for the growing of plants for materials is 0.16% of all the land use. (NEEDS EDIT JORN)
At the moment it is still impossible to make PLA out of residual waste, thus the crops are grown for the production of PLA. We expect that in the future it will be possible to make it out of residual waste.