AUTHENTICITY

VerTerra Dinnerware has undertaken and passed the most stringent tests for safety and environmental concerns. Below is an overview of the testing, the results and what they mean.  Feel comfortable enjoying VerTerra Dinnerware and recommending them to your family, friends and colleagues.

 
We have separated our testing into 2 groups: those that have to do with health and safety (both testing and precautionary measures) and environmental testing.
 
Health & Safety Testing
Anaerobic Plate Count - APC35C
Test: Coliform and Yeast/Mold testing
Result: Passed. All tests showed at below the minimum detectable amounts.
Explanation: The products are sanitary for immediate use out of the package.
 
PhytoSanitation
Test: Before shipping, the container is fumigated and tested for safety. To be exported, the test must be passed.
Result: Passed.
Explanation: Plant material is safe for contact with food.
 
FDA & USDA Inspection
Test: Upon entrance to Port in the US, shipments are sample spot checked before release to ensure health and safety.
Explanation: VerTerraâ„¢ is FDA and USDA approved before reaching your door.
 
ASTM D-6400
Test: Health, Composting and Composition. Maximum thickness of 2.8mm (2x the thickness of our standard product) using FTIR infrared spectrometry, ash
testing and AA (Acid Ash) heavy metals testing. This test was run by Advanced Materials Center, Inc.
Result: VerTerraâ„¢ dinnerware was shown to pass against the standards for all 13 heavy metals.
Explanation: Testing for heavy metals is for both human and environmental concern. The tests showed that not only were VerTerraâ„¢ products well below the acceptable level, they were a fraction of any competitor product.
 
Compostability Testing
To meet the US Composting Council and Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) criteria for compostable
 
ASTM D-6866
Test: Biological material testing
Result: Bio-based determination showed a result average of 100%.
Explanation: VerTerraâ„¢ products are completely natural. There are no additives, plastics, waxes or glues in VerTerraâ„¢ products.
 
ASTM D-6868 with pre-screening of ASTM D-6002 per OECD 208
Test: Compostability and safety of composted material—summer barley used as the germinating spore. Test run by Advanced Material Center, Inc.
Results: Passed with 92% in 14 days. Additionally, plant growth was 66% greater than the base line soil test and 32% greater than the compost alone test.
Explanation: Simply put, the compost mixed with VerTerraâ„¢ byproducts acts as a fertilizer, enhancing plant growth.
 
ASTM D-5338 with pre-screening of ASTM D-6002 per OECD 208
Test: Compostability and safety of composted material—cress seed used as the germinating spore. Test run by Advanced Material Center, Inc.
Results: Passed with 95% in 14 days. Additionally, plant growth was 56% greater than the base line soil test and 69% greater than the compost alone test.
Explanation: A mixture of compost and VerTerraâ„¢ byproducts acts as a fertilizer, enhancing plant growth signicantly. Not only does VerTerraâ„¢ compost, but also
makes high-quality compost.
 
ASTM D-6868 and ASTM D-6400
Test: Speed and ability to be composted. Test run by Advanced Materials Center, Inc.
Results: The test was run for only 62 days instead of the full 90 day course, due to the expedited rate of composting. Samples averaged 95.4% compost disintegration
with a carbon nitrogen breakdown of 13.5:1.
Explanation: As the standard for this test is 60% in 90 days, VerTerraâ„¢ dinnerware breaks down 150% above the standard in 2/3 the time. That means that VerTerraâ„¢ breaks down at 227% the rate that competitors do, so if you run your own composting facility the product will be composted in a fraction the time.