FAQS

1. Why are you promoting “compostable” products, when recycling is a more popular means of disposal?

2. Does that mean all Cap-It-All products are biodegradable?

3. So are all your products compostable in my home composter?

4. What is the shelf-life of Cap-It-All biodegradable products?

5. Are all GoodLife products certified biodegradable?

6. Are Cap-It-All products certified safe for food use?

7. Can your products be used for cooking?

8. Do your PLA products, based on corn starch, contain GM materials?

9. Where does the wood in your cutlery products come from?

10. Why not manufacture your products closer to home?

1. Why are you promoting “compostable” products, when recycling is a more popular means of disposal?

Composting is a highly desirable and natural form of recycling and is recognized as such by DEFRA. The difference is that products revert to organic material, instead of being turned into new consumer goods.  At a time when it is expensive to collect recycling and there is a surplus on world markets, composting is a favourable alternative.

All our sugar-cane (bagasse) products can be recycled, however. They can be disposed of with paper waste as long as you comply with legislation on Animal By-Products, as it relates to food leftovers. If you are uncertain about these regulations, advice should be taken from your waste disposal contractor or local authority.

2. Does that mean all Cap-It-All products are biodegradable?

Not all of them, but we’ve made it easy for our customers by branding all our biodegradable products “Goodlife™”, so it’s easy to see which ones are environmentally-friendly.

Customers sometimes get confused about the difference between degradable, biodegradable and compostable. 

“Degradable” products break down into small fragments over a period of time, which could be many years.

Biodegradable products, on the other hand, break down cleanly into naturally-occurring molecules such as carbon dioxide and water. Both the UK and EU have specified acceptable timeframes for degradation of products which claim to be “biodegradable” and our products conform to these parameters.

If you want truly biodegradable products then our Goodlife range offers a wide variety of options. Ask our team if you need help selecting the right ones.

3. So are all your products compostable in my home composter?

Not necessarily. Bagasse products are certainly suitable for home composting. However, PLA products, derived from corn starch, require a constant temperature of 65˚ for 50 days under managed conditions to ensure degradation. This is unachievable in home composting and these products can be dealt with by industrial composters.

4. What is the shelf-life of Cap-It-All biodegradable products?

If stored in their sealed packaging, deterioration should not be an issue. Where products are left open for several months limited degradation may begin.

5. Are all GoodLife products certified biodegradable?

We won’t make claims for our products that can’t be substantiated and we protect our environmentally-friendly credentials by rigorously pursuing appropriate certifications to show how our products conform to UK and EU standards. Likewise, we require our suppliers to give us all the necessary assurances about their production processes and the materials used.

Our PLA bears the INGEO trademark logo and, like all PLA worldwide, is certified by the German DIN authority as being fully compostable within 50 days under managed temperatures.

6. Are Cap-It-All products certified safe for food use?

Of course. Food-related legislation can change rapidly, and at Cap-It-All, we work hard to ensure we stay compliant with all relevant UK and European legislation. Our products are certified accordingly. We won’t launch products to market unless we can satisfy ourselves they conform to all necessary food standards requirements.

7. Can your products be used for cooking?

Our bagasse products are microwaveable and can be used for reheating pre-cooked food in a conventional oven up to 200˚C. Most PLA products can only resist temperatures of up to 50˚C and therefore are mainly used for cold drinks and fresh food.

8. Do your PLA products, based on corn starch, contain GM materials?

No, they do not.

9. Where does the wood in your cutlery products come from?

We only use Chinese birch wood.

10. Why not manufacture your products closer to home?

Cap-It-All is committed to environmental sustainability, including reducing transport costs and carbon emissions.  

We manufacture in the sugar-growing region of the Far East because it would use more resources to transport bulk raw materials to the UK for processing. Similarly, the steam pressing system used for producing products is low-energy and low in emissions.