Sunday, September 22, 2013

Repurpose Compostables

Repurpose was founded in 2009 by a group of young environmental entrepreneurs who were looking for quality solutions ot the problem of single use petroleum based plastic products. They did some searching and only found a few quality and cost competitive compostable solutions so they decided to manufacture their own. Repurpose was born with one mission, to replace all single use disposable plastics with high quality, innovative, plant based alternatives. Repurpose products are available to consumers as well as businesses so everyone gets the opportunity to lessen their carbon footprint, find non-toxic and safe alternatives to plastics.

Insulated Hot Cups

 Repurpose Compostable Insulated Hot Cups ($4.99ARV) are the greenest coffee cups in the world! These insulated hot cups hold 12 ounces and come in a 12 pack, including 12 lids and 12 cups. With the technology behind them they keep hot beverages warmer longer and prevent heat from escaping all while protecting the user from burning their hands and you don't even need a sleeve or to double cup! Other insulated cups are made by adding additional layers or paper, while Repurpose does do the same thing, it is done better with their patented insulation material on a single wall cup. These cups are also chlorine free and have soy-based inks on them.

 Cade was being my little helper, he wanted to demonstrate how to put the lid on. 

 "See mommy! I put the lid on it, but I need some juice it in now." -Cade. I love my big boy, he is such a big helper. Even though these are insulated hot cups, I did put some juice in one for him and he thought it was the coolest thing! Then he asked for chocolate milk in his insulated hot cup because I had hot chocolate in mine... guilty by association. The cup definitely helped keep my hot chocolate warmer for longer! I don't have any thermal travel coffee cups with a lid to help hold heat in, I only have a few ceramic coffee mugs and after about 5 minutes my hot chocolate is like watered down slightly flavored chocolate something or another. I'm not sure if I'm just weird or if hot chocolate really does taste that different when cold vs. hot. Anyhow, it kept my hot chocolate warm and delicious until it was gone! My hands didn't become hot and I didn't have to worry about the boys accidentally touching the side walls of the cup as if I were to use another paper or ceramic coffee cup. I really like these cups as well as Cade. 

Cold Cups

Repurpose Cold Cups ($3.99ARV) come in 20 packs of 12 ounce cups. These "plastic" cups are made from plants, not pretoleum, they are also certified compostable so it will break down in just a matter of months, not millenia! These high quality, convenient cups are definitely available at an affordable price, I was actually surprised that you get 20 - 12oz cups for only $4.99!

Okay, so I had a little fun with these aside from using them with their intended use... in middle and high school we used to make towers like this with plastic cups and then try to "collapse" the tower and have all the cups in just one or two stacks by sliding them all together, but without lifting them up. I'm not sure I've explained that well, probably didn't.

We have cook outs pretty often from spring til fall, if it's tolerable weather. We have used these cups at a few cook outs and the kids also like when I put their snacks in one. Cade has eaten Cheerios, small crackers, chips, etc out of a couple of these cups. As Cade is 3 years old, I also like to give him water from a big boy cup every now and then and he loves drinking water from these cups! He wouldn't be on a sippy cup anymore, but he is way to hyper and careless still. Ezio who is only 21 months old has even drank from these "big boy" cups.

So you may be wondering how sturdy these cold cups are if both of my toddlers were able to drink from them. Well, they are very sturdy, the sides do not collapse easily. In fact the kids didn't damage the cups until they accidentally stepped on one! In the past we've had plastic cups the caved in just when you held them gently. I was rather impressed by the quality and durability of these cups!


Repurpose also has plastic utensils ($2.99ARV) that come in a 24 pack, with 8 spoons, 8 forks and 8 knives. These plastic utensils are different from your traditional plastic, disposable utensils as they are made from plants, not petroleum. These are also certified compostable, meaning they will break down in a just a matter of months. Repurpose uses a heat tolerant technology in their cutlery that helps them stand up to hot soups and other warm foods and still maintain their strength. These are also BPA FREE.

Before opening our box of utensils from Repurpose I doubted their strength, however as soon as I held one, I knew they were of great quality and durability. We also used these at our cook outs and Ezio ate lots of meals with these utensils. They do not break nor bend unlike tons of other plastic utensils we've used. Even ones that Ezio had dropped or tossed on the floor didn't break if someone stepped on it before noticing it was there.

Repurpose Compostable and Eco-Friendly products are of great quality and definitely durable enough for the whole family to use! I was pleasantly surprised by all of the above products ability to perform just the way they were designed to!

Where to Find Repurpose Compostable?
Repurpose Compostable products are available on Amazon as well as these retailers; Bed, Bath & Beyond, Abe's Market, Gourmet Guild, Gelson's, Lassen's, Raley's, Bristol Farms as well as Mother's Market.

Twitter @repurpose

What do you like most about Repurpose Compostable products? Which product(s) would you like to try?

Disclosure: I received the above products in exchange for my honest review, all opinions and experiences are my own and may differ from those of your own. I received no monetary compensation for this publication. 

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