Disposables with a coating: PE vs. PLA

If you have taken a look at our digital shelves, you may have noticed that some of our cardboard products have a coating. This is usually a PE coating or a PLA coating. But what is the purpose of this coating? And what are the differences? In this article, we will explain it to you!


Why apply a coating?

The majority of the products in our assortment are made for packaging and transporting food and beverages. Think of cups, snack boxes, menu boxes, and more. For this reason, it is important that the packaging is food-safe, grease-resistant, and leak-proof. To achieve this, a thin coating is sometimes applied to the inside of the product. For example, think of cardboard soup cups. Without a coating, the soup cup would become soft and start leaking within a few minutes. The applied coating keeps the cup with hot soup firm and leak-proof.

What is a PE coating?

Some of the products in our assortment have a PE coating. This is a protective polyethylene coating made from petroleum. Products with a PE coating are usually very suitable for recycling.

What is a PLA coating?

Another coating used for our disposables is the PLA coating. PLA stands for polylactic acid and is made from plant-based raw materials such as sugar cane and corn starch. Products with this coating are not suitable for recycling, but for composting. PLA is 100% biodegradable.

Products without coating

Not all products in our assortment contain a (bio)plastic coating. This depends on the material the product is made of and what the product is used for. When a product in our assortment contains a coating, this is always indicated in the product description and/or physical properties.

Curious about all our products? Check out our complete assortment. Do you have any questions about our products or do you want to know more about the different coatings? Please contact us.