Ecovita is a company known for its compostable utensils that are not only great for the environment but are durable enough to use while eating. These plastic-free utensils prove that single-use products aren't always a bad option. Especially for my fellow gardeners, as they can be thrown directly into our compost bins after one (or a couple) uses. While the products are sustainable, the company lacks clarity on how it's made, the treatment of employees, and how they are making strides to help the environment. While the company does have a great product, It leads us as consumers with unanswered questions as to whether the brand is truly sustainable, or is it just another case of greenwashing?
The utensils are said to be made out of crystalized polylactic acid, which is found in corn products. While roughly over 90% of crops like canola, cotton, soybeans, and corn are genetically modified in the United States, the company prides itself on using non-GMO corn. Because of what these forks are made out of, they are also certified as 100% compostable. In fact, Ecovita complies with the ASTM D6400 and EN13432. These certifications are meant to show that the product is biodegradable/compostable and will decompose naturally within a specific time span (Ecovita states that their product takes 2-4 months to decompose).
The raw materials used in the product are sourced throughout the United States. When comparing other companies who use products like trees, plastic, or petroleum, Ecovitas resources are able to grow back quickly, and it takes less energy to produce. While the company prides itself on manufacturing in an energy-efficient manner that produces fewer greenhouse gasses, they never explain how this is achieved. Are they conserving energy by growing the products naturally? Are they using solar panels? How many machines are used?
Although Ecovita prides itself on its products' sustainability, they appear to avoid discussing their treatment towards employees. There are currently no complaints that have been made by either current or past employees. Also, based on the company's several certifications (mainly focusing on their certification that states their building is a registered FDA Facility) one can infer that there is nothing to worry about. However, based on the companies' lack of clarity, it brings concern, especially when Ecovita explains that most of their facilities are based in the US (their main one located in California).