Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can coffee cups and soup cups be composted?

The sugarcane cups are made to be composted. Well-maintained home composts will be a good fit, however the fastest route is through a commercial compost facility. We understand many of our customers do not have access to the compost pile on site so here are some local resources for private haulers and drop off stations. If you need help finding a composting facility, refer to our composting map of Florida here.

2. What is the difference between bioplastic & fiber products?

Bio-based plastics are made from renewable resources like corn starch. These plastics are not always compostable and can be just as harmful to the environment as normal plastics. Fiber products are created from natural materials like sugarcane and are compostable. They provide a more environmentally friendly product which is made from renewable resources.

3. Can compostable products be recycled?

It depends on the product, but most items that are compostable must be composted rather than recycled. The materials used to create compostable items are made to decompose! Therefore, they cannot be remade into something new.

4. What kind of materials does Lean Orb use to build products with?

At Lean Orb,  we use sugarcane, areca palm leaf, bamboo, wheat straw, birchwood, and post-consumer paper. Please refer to our materials section for a more detailed explanation here

5. Can sugarcane and wheat straw products handle heat?

Sugarcane and wheat straw products are made to handle heat!

6. Are wheat straw products gluten-free?

Wheat straw products are gluten free. The process of making wheat straw eliminates the gluten-containing part of the plant.

7. How durable are compostable products?

Compostable products can be used several times before they must be composted!

8. Can sugarcane cups handle hot liquid?

Yes, sugarcane cups can handle hot liquid.

9. What is the difference between commercial and home composting?

This process recycles various organic materials otherwise regarded as waste products. A good compost is rich in plant nutrients and beneficial organisms. Home compostable means a product can be composted in a garden or a residence and does not require extra processing. Unlike smaller piles, however, the heat generated within commercial-scale piles is usually sufficient to compost food waste of any kind—including meat and dairy products.

10. Can I put my brand on Lean Orb products?

Yes, however we require that our clients order a certain number of units per product to make branded products. We require that our clients buy: 5000 units for bags, 20,000 units for plates, 30,000 units for cutlery, 50,000 units for cups and 50,000 units for straws. You may also order more of each product. We will consult closely with you on how best to brand these products. Please email us at anastasia@leanorb.com if you have any questions or would like to create branded products with us.

11. Do you make custom products?

Yes, the minimum order quantity for custom products range from 20,000 units or more. We can do custom fiber selections, design or simple branding. What products are you looking for? Email us a product description to anastasia@leanorb.com! We welcome the chance to design new products with all of our clients and would be happy to help you.

12. Do you ship overseas?

Yes, we are able to ship to most destinations. Delivery time estimates are based on the product and amount to be shipped.


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