Q: How many pieces per package?
A: Naturally Chic eco-friendly products range in quantity per package, from 200 - 2000 items per carton depending on the individual product. Each product listing includes the specific quantity you will recieve per carton.
Q: Are your products really USDA certified?
A:Yes. It would be illegal for us make this claim and use the labeling if they weren't. Please view the official certification letter on our FB page or by clicking here.
Q: What is USDA BioPreferred / Biobased?
A: Basically it means our products are made from a renewable, non-petroleum source. Please refer to the USDA BioPreferred website for more information.
Q: Can I request custom printing for my order?
A:Yes! Depending on the product and quantity you need we can offer you custom printing so you can add your businesses' branding to cups, boxes and more. To see the available products we offer custom printing for please check out our custom printing collection
FAQ FOR PALM PLATES
Q: How are Naturally Chic Palm Dinnerware products made?
A:The leaves that fall naturally on the ground are collected and washed with fresh water to remove dirt and dust. The leaves are then heat pressed into the desired shapes and sizes. Finally, the plates are cleaned, sterilized, and packaged. You can learn more about the process here.
Q: Are Palm Leaf plates made of Palm Oil?
A:No. Our palm leaf products are made from the leaf of the areca palm tree. Palm oil, which is linked to mass deforestation, is harvested from a completely different variety of palm tree.
Q: Are any chemicals or coatings used in the manufacturing of these plates?
A: No chemicals or additives are used in manufacturing the plates. Only water and heat is used throughout the process.
Q: Do any trees or leaves get cut in gathering of the raw material?
A: No. Only naturally fallen, dry leaves are used for manufacturing of these products, which are otherwise waste. The raw material sourced is completely sustainable!
Q: Why does product colour and thickness look different from one item to another?
A: The leaf is completely natural, therefore color variations are normal reflection of this. Since products are not treated with any chemicals or additives, the original colours remain in the products.
Q: Can we use these products in a refrigerator?
A: Yes, you can use the Areca leaf products in the refrigerator. The food will not react with the product material.
Q: Can we use the Areca plates for hot liquid food items?
A: Yes, we have personally tested our products and when filled with boiling water and left standing at room temperature, they will easily maintain their integrity for well over 45 minutes.
Q: Can we use Naturally Chic Dinnerware products in the microwave?
A: Naturally Chic Dinnerware is significantly more durable than plastic or paper plates. It is also perfectly safe to heat in the microwave for up to 2 minutes.
Q: Are they reusable and can they be washed?
A: While they are very durable, they are a disposable product and recommended for single use only. If they were only used for light, dry snacks, it may be possible to wipe with damp cloth. Prolonged submersion in water will cause them to soften, as they are purely natural and not treated with any protective coatings.
Q: How strong is Naturally Chic Dinnerware?
A: Our products are very strong and possibly the strongest & toughest disposables currently available on the market.
Q: How does Naturally Chic Dinnerware react when disposed of?
A: Our product is 100% biodegradable and compostable. Because there is no bonding agents, wax coatings or chemicals it becomes good organic compost when disposed of.
Q: How do Naturally Chic Dinnerware products impact the Society?
A: Our products are produced in rural India which generates employment opportunity in the villages. Workers are taken care of with fair wages and safe working conditions.
FAQ FOR BAGASSE PRODUCTS
Q: What is Bagasse?
A: Bagasse is the name for the residual fibers that remain after the squeezing of sugarcanes at the sugar production. Usually, they consist of 40 – 60% cellulose, 20 – 30% hemicellulose, and about 20% lignin. Bagasse is primarily found in countries that produce a particularly high amount of sugar, for instance, Brazil, Vietnam, China or Thailand. Even though bagasse is a so-called by-product, many people see it as a waste product because in the past, bagasse was mainly used as a fuel for the production plants. Even today, a part of the bagasse is still used for the factories’ ovens. But since humans have started to recycle materials, bagasse’s value was also increased. Nowadays, it is used for the production of building materials, packaging materials, and disposable tableware. The paper industry has also started to replace wood fibers with sugarcane fibers to produce napkins, toilet paper and cardboards.
FAQ FOR BIOPLASTICS PRODUCTS
Q: What are Bioplastics?
A: The term bioplastics is composed of the two words bio and plastics – two conflicting terms for many people. Nevertheless, plastics can also be biological. Since the term is not sufficiently legally protected, there are different definitions. For some people, bioplastics are plastics made of renewable resources. For other people, bioplastics are all biodegradable plastics (including petroleum-based). Our bioplastics are both biodegradable and made of renewable resources. Most of our plastic products consist of the bioplastic polylactic acid (PLA) which is based on corn starch. Only our biodegradable plastic bags are made of Mater-Bi®, a bioplastic that does not only contain corn starch but also plant oil (no palm oil!). They are transparent and can be processed easily into various commodities, for example into cups, bowls, and bottles.