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A new line of plastic eating utensils from the Dutch firm De Ster uses potato starch as the basic polymer. This application of get cialis prescription potato starch to replace plastic is the result of a collaboration between the German firm BIOTEC (for raw materials) and Dutch manufacturer of disposables plastic worldwide, De Ster.

This is the first time potato plastic has been used in a product which replaces conventional plastic. De Ster has replaced standard plastic ware with an ergonomical, high-tech, high-design product.

Potato starch is a biopolymer with the same properties as conventional plastics. In the manufacturing process the material can be treated like plastics, for instance subjected to canadian pharmacy viagra prescription normal injection moulding techniques. With these disposables a biodegradable product made from an agricultural raw material is completely reusable as compost. A new generation of biopolymers which can be recycled into cattle-fodder is currently being developed. 

While De Ster claims to have a unique product, they should watch out for start up Spudware, a line of Potato based cutlery from Excellent Packaging and free cialis sample Supply in Richmond CA.  Their Spudware uses the same basic potato to plastic process - albeit without the usa pharmacy cialis designer flair.

Or maybe they should be watching out for you! Check out this DIY project (pdf) where you can extract starch from potatoes and make it into plastic in your own home. 

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We use spudware at CSU Monterey Bay
written by Kevin Miller, July 19, 2007
The folks at Spudware have been using our small state university (CSU Monterey Ba) as a test-bed for their wholesale sales of bioplastic utensils... the great thing is that we are able to compost them for local school gardens!
Spudware Compost
written by jsbarrie, July 20, 2007

Do you know how well these things compost? I'd imagine it would take some time to get the material to break down, otherwise it might dissolve in your coffee.

Thanks for the comment.

written by culprititus, July 20, 2007
If these starch-polymers are really compost-able in short time-lines, they need to replace petro-polymers ASAP. The environmental problems of persistent toxic petro-polymers are immense and growing. The Pacific Garbage zone is only one example of the huge magnitude of online cheap viagra nearly indestructible pollution resulting from the constant manufacture of petro-polymers for the last 50 years.
Compost Data Needed!
written by jsbarrie, July 20, 2007
I hope someone out in EcoGeek Land can point me toward data on starch based plastic compost.


Composting Spudware
written by Kevin Miller, July 20, 2007

While I don't run the composting on our campus, I have taken a few to my home to test this very theory. I would say spudware is somehwere between a hard winter squash and wood chips in compostability (yes, it should be a word).

Our campus uses a grinder on compost, so I would imagine increasing the surface area helps speed up the process. Also, they do kinda get floppy in hot coffee, so perhaps heat plus an acidic environment would speed up their disintegration. Of course, plastic knives and forks get this way too in hot beverages, but I would prefer leeching some potato starch in my tea over plastic!
Composting Spudware
written by Firms Directory, July 27, 2007
I hope someone out in EcoGeek Land can point me toward data on starch based plastic compost.

written by Evelyne, August 12, 2007
Dear John,
I believe these potato starch-derived ustensils for catering have been introduced in 1996. ;)
written by Tany, February 28, 2008
What about people with potato allergies? Will this have an effect on them?
written by Soumyadeep Dhar, June 10, 2008
Is it really possible to make plastic from potato.
how long to biodegrade
written by Edwin H, September 04, 2008
From what I read, PLA plastic can biodegrade under commercial aerobic composting situations (ie. the right temperature and moisture) in about 100 days. It does not degrade in landfills due to the buy pfizer viagra insufficient conditions, especially the lack of oxygen. Manufacturers do not recommend composting it at home unless you can guarantee perfect composting conditions.
written by Erica M., November 29, 2008
Potato based polymers are not made from PLA, they are made from the natural polymers that exist in starch, amylose and amylopectin. Therefore the composting of potato based products will be much different than PLA.
written by Rev John Sleestaxx, March 16, 2009
Really? why bother all the sinners in the world do not care and the entire planet will be paved over by the time the spud plastic breaks down.
ONE Step
written by L.E.Whitman, July 26, 2009
Why? Because there is no use of complaining about the world not doing anything about the world's safety and others not doing anything when what really matters is the first step. If one person begins a Green way of life, another person will, and then another, and yet another. It may take a while, but it will pick up. Just as religion and equality moved by beginning with a handful of people, so will everything else.

I personnaly have tried these before, and their quite good, for eatign anyway, I don't know anything about how they decompse. They do have a subtle taste, though I'd say it doesn't really taste like potatoes. But the texture of buy propecia online from usa pharmacy the utensiles I find a little better than plastic ones, and they didn't have sharp edges to cut your tongue. >x
written by ggreen (really)!, March 15, 2010
So I was driving through Idaho when i saw a huge silo with the word POLYMER on it. My husband and I discussed the possibilities of what they could be making out of potatoes... and I can't wait to show him this site. Does anyone know of a polymer co in Idaho making these forks?
using adhesive to bind potato plastic to levitra online pharmacy no prescription materials
written by simone, July 29, 2013
Does anyone know if its possible to use adhesive to bond the potato plastic to a material/fabric? and if it will hold?

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