Mitti-vs-Alternative

Mitti vs. Bamboo

Test Mitti Leaf Dinnerware Bamboo
Biodegradable Biodegrades naturally in less then 2 months time after disposal. Biodegrades in 4-6 months after disposal. There are no bio degradation facilities in the US, so these products go to a landfill.
Compostable BPI-certified 100% compostable. Will fully break down in, at most, 60 days. Becomes fertilizer wherever composted. Bamboo is not compostable, so it ends up in land¬fill after use.
Renewable Resource Made from naturally fallen palm leaves that are collected, cleaned, and pressed. Made from bamboo plants that are cut down for the purpose of making plates.
Hot Liquids No heat transference. Product maintains shape. Often deforms quickly and loses rigidity.
Hot Foods No heat transference. Product maintains shape. Have been reported to deform the product and melt the laminate.
Sun Resistance The sun has no affect on our product. The sun has no affect on bamboo.
Microwave Safety Can be used to reheat food in the microwave on high for a max of 2 minutes. Not safe for microwave use. The laminate could dissolve into the food.
Oven Safety Can be used to cook food in the oven up to 350 degrees for up to 45 minutes. Not oven safe.

Mitti vs. Sugar Cane/Bagasse

Test Mitti Leaf Dinnerware Sugar Cane/Bagasse
Biodegradable Biodegrades naturally in less then 2 months time after disposal. Biodegrades in 100 - 200 days after disposal. There are NO biodegradation facilities in the US, so these products go to a landfi¬ll.
Compostable BPI-certified 100% compostable. Will fully break down in, at most, 60 days. Becomes fertilizer wherever composted. These products are not compostable.
Renewable Resource Made from naturally fallen palm leaves that are collected, cleaned, and pressed. Made from sugar cane waste, with glues or bonding agents.
Hot Liquids No heat transference. Product maintains shape. Often the product softens and may deform.
Hot Foods No heat transference. Product maintains shape. Transfers heat, but maintains shape.
Sun Resistance The sun has no affect on our product. The sun has no affect on Bagasse
Microwave Safety Can be used to reheat food in the microwave on high for a max of 2 minutes Some can be used in the microwave, others cannot.
Oven Safety Can be used to cook food in the oven up to 350 degrees for up to 45 minutes Cannot be used in ovens.

Mitti vs. Bio-Plastic/PLA

Test Areca Leaf Dinnerware Bio-Plastic/PLA(Corn, wheat, soy based)
Biodegradable Biodegrades naturally in less then 2 months time after disposal Will not degrade in a natural environment.
Compostable BPI-certified 100% compostable. Will fully break down in, at most, 60 days. Becomes fertilizer wherever composted Reported to compost in an industrial composter in 90 days; however, many facilities report the product does not compost.
Renewable Resource Made from naturally fallen palm leaves that are collected, cleaned, and pressed. Corn is a renewable source.NOTE: it is GMO corn used for this product.
Hot Liquids No heat transference. Product maintains shape. The products tend to soften and can melt; however there are some that have additive chemicals to allow for heat
Hot Foods No heat transference. Product maintains shape. Transfers heat, but maintains shape.
Sun Resistance The sun has no affect on our product. Cannot be left in the sun, as the products can melt.
Microwave Safety Can be used to reheat food in the microwave on high for a max of 2 minutes. Cannot be used in the microwave as the product will soften or melt.
Oven Safety Can be used to cook food in the oven up to 350 degrees for up to 45 minutes Cannot be used in the oven, as the products will melt.

Mitti vs. Recycled Plastic

Test Areca Leaf Dinnerware Recycled Plastic
Biodegradable Biodegrades naturally in less then 2 months time after disposal Plastic is a permanent material that is reformed through recycling for reuse. It does not biodegrade.
Compostable BPI-certified 100% compostable. Will fully break down in, at most, 60 days. Becomes fertilizer wherever composted Plastic is a permanent material that is reformed through recycling for reuse. It does not compost.
Renewable Resource Made from naturally fallen palm leaves that are collected, cleaned, and pressed. Usually petroleum-based and not considered a renewable material.
Hot Liquids No heat transference. Product maintains shape. No functional problems, but questions exist about BPA and other chemicals leaching.
Hot Foods No heat transference. Product maintains shape. No functional problems, but questions exist about BPA and other chemicals leaching.
Sun Resistance The sun has no affect on our product. The sun has no affect on recycled plastic.
Microwave Safety Can be used to reheat food in the microwave on high for a max of 2 minutes. Some are ¬ne for microwave use, others are not, but questions exist about BPA and other chemicals leaching.
Oven Safety Can be used to cook food in the oven up to 350 degrees for up to 45 minutes Cannot be used in the oven, as the products will melt.

Mitti vs. Recycled Paper

Test Areca Leaf Dinnerware Recycled Paper
Biodegradable Biodegrades naturally in less then 2 months time after disposal Does not compost. After use theproducts go to a land¬fill.
Compostable BPI-certified 100% compostable. Will fully break down in, at most, 60 days. Becomes fertilizer wherever composted Reported to compost in an industrial composter in 90 days; however, many facilities report the product does not compost.
Renewable Resource Made from naturally fallen palm leaves that are collected, cleaned, and pressed. Made of recycled waste stream paper, chemically cleaned, then reformed to pulp for reprocessing.
Hot Liquids No heat transference. Product maintains shape. Products will transfer heat. Some maintain shape while others do not.
Hot Foods No heat transference. Product maintains shape. Products will transfer heat, but will maintain shape.
Sun Resistance The sun has no affect on our product. The sun has no affect on recycledpaper.
Microwave Safety Can be used to reheat food in the microwave on high for a max of 2 minutes. Often can be used in the microwave.
Oven Safety Can be used to cook food in the oven up to 350 degrees for up to 45 minutes Cannot be used in the oven, as the products will melt.