Avocado-pit bioplastic firm ramps up production


In Mexico, a company making disposable cutlery and straws out of avocado pits has hit production capacity of 130 tons of bioplastic per month.

Founded six years ago, Biofase currently exports 80% of its products. Customers include popular restaurant chains, including P.F. Chang’s and Chilies.

The cutlery and straws biodegrade in 240 days when buried or placed in a composter—shorter than many bioplastics. Biofase products are more expensive than conventional single-use plastics, however. Forty cases of 24-packs of cutlery sells for $759, or 79 cts per utensil. Straws, which sell in boxes of 2,000, cost about 26 cts each.