Karat Earth is Karat’s environmental initiative to create a compostable line of products, including paper and plastic ware, developed from the idea that living green can help people save green. Karat Earth products are fully compostable in commercial composting facilities, and can be converted back to monomer and polymer or composted into water, carbon dioxide, and organic materials. Karat Earth also offers compostable utensils, eco-friendly food containers, and eco-friendly paper hot cups, which are all Cedar Grove Certified. Karat Earth compostable plastic products are made with NatureWorks® Ingeo™ PLA, a polymer that is completely degradable, which means it poses no threat to the natural environment. The life cycle of Karat Earth PLA plastic starts with starch rich plants, such as corn, wheat, and sugar beet. The plants are milled to separate the starch and produce unrefined dextrose. The dextrose then undergoes a fermentation process that creates lactic acid. After condensation, two lactic acid molecules convert into one lactide, which is then purified through vacuum distillation and a solvent-free melt causes the ring-shaped molecule toe turn into long-chain polymers. These polymers allow Karat Earth to form high quality eco-friendly disposables that are both earth and budget friendly. Karat Earth creates the popular Karat KEBHC 9x9x3-Inch Bagasse Hinged 3 Compartment Containers and other compostable take out containers. They also create the ever so popular Karat EXPB Interfolded Napkins which are used all across the country in single napkin dispensers that create an economic and environmentally friendly way to use napkins.