Lollicup USA Beach Clean-Up

Lollicup USA Inc. Gives Back!

Lollicup USA, Inc.’s first ever beach clean-up was a success! Over 40 employees showed up with friends and family to help tackle ocean pollution.

Lollicup employees show that they care about the environment by donating their time and effort to help clean Huntington State Beach this past weekend. Many employees expressed that they were excited to help make a difference, especially those with younger children.

Veronica Diaz said “I brought my niece because I want her to be aware about the importance of recycling and taking care of our planet, I want her to connect to nature.”

This was also a great way for fellow Lollicup employees to bond with each other as people from all departments showed up .This was an effort that took many people to put together as we teamed up with Coast Keeper to help learn how to approach a beach clean-up.

Lollicup USA Inc. hopes to carry a tradition of doing more volunteer work as we believe in giving back to our communities for a better future.

Community Clean Up Day

A group of employees teamed up at our Chino, CA location to help follow our companies initiatives to be more Eco-friendly. With thought about how they could help, they decided to go to a local park to pick up trash as a small step to start. In fact, the average American throws away more than 7 pounds of garbage a day which can add up to about 254 million tons of trash each year.

This is a shocking amount and our team knew we should help tackle this issue. This local park has a small pond with an ecosystem of ducks, turtles, and other living creatures that could suffer from pollution. The Lollicup Team took on the job of cleaning up the park to make it a safer, cleaner place for the animals to inhibit and the local community to enjoy.

Even though this gesture was small we know we made a positive impact on our local community and environment. We hope to have future events that can help bring our team together to bond and create more change for our planet because being more Eco-friendly is not only for our products but something that is a part of our company’s culture and goals.

Lollicup® USA Inc. is a company that knows times are changing and being environmentally friendly is a social issue important to a lot of companies and customers. Lollicup® USA Inc. launched their brand Karat Earth® in 2008 in order to help make it easier on their customers to switch to Eco-friendly products without compromising quality.

What is PLA Plastic?

The field stretches for miles and the tall stocks gently blow in the breeze. They are waiting to be harvested, but these stalks will not be used for human consumption or even livestock. This stalk is part of a new generation that will be used as a renewable resource.

This is not a new concept, as we have seen Brazil using sugar cane to make ethanol, lessening their dependence on fossil fuels. Other countries are exploring and using alternative energy such as: geothermal, wind, biomass, solar energy, etc.

That is why it is only natural that the disposable foodservice industry would follow course, and enter products into the marketplace that would leave less of a carbon foot print.

What began as an experiment has now turned into a large scaled plant and laboratory at NatureWorks. Their CEO Marc Verbruggen said, “PLA will give you lower carbon footprint, lower energy use, because you’re using renewable feedstock – that is clearly a positive aspect.”

How do these plants that were standing in the field become straws, utensils, food containers, plastic cups, etc.? The process basically begins when the plants are harvested and milled to extract the starch. Enzymes are then added to the starch changing it to dextrose, which is a simple sugar identical to glucose. This sugar is put into huge fermenters to ferment the mixture into lactic acid, a colorless syrupy organic acid. This acid is now converted through a proprietary process into lactide and finally into polylactide pellets. The pellets look like little beads that are sent to manufacturers where they make plastic sheets that will eventually turn into food disposable goods.

“I saw the potential for PLA plastic and how it can lessen the carbon foot print, and I wanted to offer this product to our customers. Now that we are seeing over one hundred twenty plastic bans springing up across the country, this product, that we were already carrying, is an eco-friendly alternative.”

– CEO Alan Yu of Lollicup® USA, Inc.

Products using PLA plastic are gaining popularity in the market. CEO Alan Yu founded Lollicup® USA, Inc. and started their eco-friendly line Karat Earth™ about ten years ago. He said, “I saw the potential for PLA plastic and how it can lessen the carbon foot print, and I wanted to offer this product to our customers. Now that we are seeing over one hundred twenty plastic bans springing up across the country, this product, that we were already carrying, is an eco-friendly alternative.”

The plastic bans on disposable products, that are gaining momentum nationally and internationally, are in response to the incredible amount of waste that disposables cause. For example, the U.S. uses five million straws daily. This amount would fill one hundred twenty-seven school buses every day. Another example is plastic utensils. The U.S. throws away an estimate of six million tons per year. You could line up garbage trucks from Los Angeles to New York three times.

It is through these innovative ideas that the incredible amount of waste can be reduced. PLA plastic is an innovative biobased product. Biobased is defined by the United States Secretary of Agriculture to be a product that is made from a renewable resource, including plant, animal, marine, and forestry materials. So basically, what was once standing in a field became a product and then can return to the field, starting the process all over again.