TwentyFifty™ Offers First Truly Compostable Alternative to Single-Use Plastic Spoons

After two years of development, TwentyFifty™ launches the first mass-produced plant-based single use utensils

San Diego, CA (September 15, 2019) – For the first time since the Ocean Conservancy began keeping track, plastic cutlery is showing up on the Top 10 list of trash found during beach cleanups. What the fork, humans?! In an effort to reduce this and take plastic utensils #OffTheTable (and therefore, beaches), TwentyFifty is launching the world’s first 100% compostable utensils. Forks, knives and spoons that break down in your average, backyard, home-scale compost in as little as 10 days.

Named after the year 2050 – the year the population is projected to reach 10 billion and when it’s estimated that the amount of plastic waste in the ocean will exceed the amount of fish – the brand has one mission: to stop, or at least significantly reduce, plastic pollution.

IMG_5098_2048x2048Zack Kong, a bioengineering graduate from the University of California San Diego, developed a patent-pending air flow molding technology that compresses natural grain flours and enables the company to mass produce the utensils. The recipe is simple – wheat flour, soy flour, corn flour and water. The result is a strong yet pliable material perfectly suited to grabbing and holding food.

“The idea for edible utensils is originally from a Japanese designer in 2008,“ said Zack Kong, Founder and CEO of TwentyFifty. “He made conceptual utensils like bowls and chopsticks out of flour. When I took on a project at UCSD about San Diego River trash, I began to research the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. While some efforts had been made to mitigate the trash, what we really need to do is completely replace plastic. I wanted to promote this idea by inventing comprehensive formulas, at a molecular level, that would allow this cutlery to be made around the world using locally sourced grains.”

TwentyFifty differs from other supposedly ‘compostable’ brands whose utensils require industrial-scale plants to compost them. Others use cornstarch as a base for their products which requires the product to be broken down into extremely small pieces and then composted with a very high heat in order to biodegrade. Even then, a sticky, resin-like material is left that is both not good for the soil and also a cause of methane gas. If you were to discard them in a backyard compost it would take two years (or more) for them to fully decompose. A TwentyFifty fork, spoon or knife is composted in 30 days or less and according to Kong, actually provides a significant amount of nutrients for your plants.

IMG_5070_2048x2048“This compostable spoon may seem like a small thing, but it is a first step toward meaningfully addressing the problem of plastic waste in the oceans,” said Albert Liu, a fellow UC San Diego Alum and business advisor for Kong. “This is one of the best things a consumer can directly do to help alleviate the problem of single use plastic.”

TwentyFifty is based in San Diego, CA where they use a custom, automated baking process to create quantities of utensils ready to ship to conscious consumers, natural grocery stores, zero-waste events, and food service establishments that care about reducing plastic waste in our world.

Forks and knives are coming soon, and spoons are now available on their website for immediate delivery. To learn more and to order your compostable spoons, please visit: https://twentyfiftyfork.com.

 

ABOUT TWENTY FIFTY

TwentyFifty, based in San Diego, is the only truly backyard compostable utensil brand.  Their natural grain formula means that when you dispose of a TwentyFifty Fork or Spoon, it will compost in 30 days or less. Join them in taking plastic utensils #OffTheTable and saying NO to single use plastic.


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Waste Management PGA TOUR Picks Recover Brands as Sustainable Apparel Partner

Lacing up their golf spikes, Recover Brands is heading to “The Greatest Show On Grass” – or the Waste Management Phoenix Open on January 29th-February 4th – as their official Sustainable Apparel Partner. Recover – a Charlotte, NC based sustainable apparel company – will be making and supplying Polos, Sports Tees, and Coozies from its 100% recycled product line for the Arizona stop on the PGA TOUR.

“The WM Phoenix Open continues to improve its sustainability efforts year after year, and in 2018 will take things full circle by partnering with Recover,” said Bill Johnston, Recover’s Co-Founder. “The new license between the PGA TOUR and Recover affords the opportunity for the WM Phoenix Open to sell merchandise made from 100% recycled materials. Given the events zero waste initiatives, the partnership is a perfect fit.

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The WM Phoenix Open is the highest-attended tournament on the PGA TOUR and claims to be the most sustainable sporting event in the world. Among other eco-friendly initiatives, the event boasts a four-year record of repurposing 100 percent of all waste generated for beneficial use. Theoretically, some of this year’s plastic bottle consumption could go into the production of their future Recover event apparel.

The PGA TOUR will be using a variety of our 100% recycled products at the WM Phoenix Open, including our Recover Polo which is made with a blend of upcycled cotton and recycled PET, our Sport Tee which is made entirely with recycled PET (just 8 bottles to make 1 shirt!), and our coozies which are made from upcycled neoprene surfing wetsuits,” said Johnston. “A lot of the post-consumer recycled plastic bottles that we use to make our products actually come from Waste Management’s recycling programs, so it’s really cool to see that waste go back into first-quality products that the event is selling

An environmentally conscious company, Recover’s method of creating comfortable active apparel out of discarded plastic bottles and upcycled cotton has resulted in diverting over 5 million plastic bottles out of landfills, plus a 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, 66% reduction in energy consumption, and 55% reduction in water consumption over their competition. They also don’t use dye in the creation of their shirts, opting instead to presort the plastic and cotton by color. For more on Recover’s manufacturing process, head to: https://recoverbrands.com/pages/process

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ABOUT RECOVER

Recover’s mission is to create the best, most environmentally friendly and socially responsible products possible, educating and inspiring those around us to live and work for a sustainable tomorrow.  Recover uses recycled PET (plastic) and upcycled cotton to make its 100% recycled apparel.  Just 8 plastic bottles make 1 shirt.  Learn more at recoverbrands.com and join the conversation @RecoverBrands.