FLIP TOP PLATES
Tackle the world wide food waste AND recycling crisis through innovation of everyday household products.
Our team searched high and low for the most sustainable and eco-friendly material on the planet for the production of plates. The verdict (believe it or not) is PET plastic. PET is one of the few materials that promotes a circular economy. This means waste and pollution are minimized, products and materials stay in use, and natural systems regenerate.
Did you know that 1.3 Billion tons of food is wasted each year?
Flip Top plates help get more food put back in the fridge,
preventing less food from being tossed in the trash.
- The average person throws away $375 worth a food a year.
- Since 1974, food waste has increased by 50%.
- Food waste contributes to approx. 37 MILLION cars worth of CO2 annually.
"REDUCING FOOD WASTE,
is one of the most important things we can do
to reverse global warming." - The Washington Post
2 PLATES = 1 CONTAINER
No more wrapping disposable plates with aluminum foil, borrowing Tupperware for leftovers, or throwing away left over food from the BBQ.
FLIP TOP PLATES are identical plates that interlock to form transportable containers.
These plates save on food waste, are fully recyclable, and can be bought in packs for nearly the same price as most other disposable plate packs on the shelves.
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Labeled #1 for a reason. This plastic is 100% recyclable, durable, and considered especially safe for food. Approved by all cities across the nation.
While these plates are cheap, they are some of the worst for the environment. This foam can not be recycled in any of our current centers whatsoever. Knives also shred through it. Outlawed in many states and soon to be banned nationwide.
Most of the "plastic" plates on the shelf are made of Polystyrene (same stuff as Styrofoam). Most recycling plants refuse and can't recycle this. Avoid PS-plastic #6!
Paper plates with designs are usually covered with polystyrene resin. They can't be composted OR recycled. The "eco- friendly" advertised paper plates also use "glue" to hold together the paper pulp, which is not so "tummy-friendly" (cross contamination with your food is cancerous). Deforestation and land clearings have many negative impacts on our ecosystem.
Plant based PLA's don't actually break down as advertised. They need special conditions and temps of 140F before they can. Unfortunately it's not a worldwide sustainable solution and it's inn-ability to recycle does not support a circular economy the way #1 PET can.
Can we tell you a secret? Biodegradability is not the magic bullet for garbage disposal and waste removal.
Its been said "this false perception, stating how marketeers love to tout the biodegradability of plant based materials. It's true, at some point, perhaps in hundreds of years, these materials will biodegrade. PLA (the most common biodegradable material on the market) however, requires oxygen, a temperature of 140+ degrees, and a 2/3 cocktail of organic substrate. Collectively, the things necessary to create decomposition are absent outside of industrial composting facilities (many of which don't exist in or even near major cities). This means that PLA plastic will sit in that landfill for a very long time."
So will Flip Top Plates biodegrade? No, but neither will anything else buried in a landfill. So we made our plates recyclable instead, which is something most other plastic, paper, and "biodegradable" plates cannot do. For these reasons, many scientists believe PET to have the most positive environmental effect compared to other materials on the market.