New Zealand’s Potatopak is exporting trays, plates, and bowls—all made from potatoes—to Australia and Britain.
The processing starts when potatoes are blasted with water, washed, scrubbed and then cut into pieces. The water is processed through a starch extractor and used to make the plates that are stronger, leak less, are microwave safe, and are completely biodegradable over two-to-five weeks.
After use, the plates can be composted or even fed to pigs. Although the plates are more costly and time-consuming to produce than polystyrene alternatives, the company said it has found people are prepared to pay extra.
The Blenheim-based company is targeting the barbecue/picnic market, catering and cafeteria companies.