When you are choosing to purchase Areca plates over the standard disposable plates, you would want to make sure that the Areca plates you choose are actually as healthy and eco-friendly as they are advertised or claimed to be.
The plates can be tested and certified by competeing authorities and private agencies before exporting. We have composed a complete and comprehensive guide for buyers looking for information areca palm leaf plates testing and certifications.
Areca palm leaf plate certification can be classified into:
As indicated by the name, these are the tests used to check whether an Areca plate product is safe and healthy to use or not. The following tests are officially classified as health tests for Areca plate certification:
This method simply provides a “count” or number of the microorganisms present in or on the Areca plates – primarily the anaerobic and mesophilic bacteria. Anaerobic means that they can survive without oxygen and mesophilic means that they can grow at temperatures around 35 degrees Celsius. The microbes that have both these characteristics can be detected by the test – thus giving a clear idea about the pathogens that a product might contain that can cause serious health issues for the consumers or users.
The method that is used to obtain the Anaerobic Plate Count involves the keeping of the sample in a petri dish that contains a nutrient-rich medium like agar to sustain the microbes under anaerobic (free of oxygen) conditions and at the temperature of 35 degree Celsius. It provides certification for the Areca plate or palm dinnerware regarding its health impacts.
As you know, palm leaf dinnerware is made from the sheath from the areca nut tree. It is plant material it is mandatory to get plant quarantine certification before export for the following reasons:
The method of plant and animal “quarantine” was first applied around the mid-1300s, subsequent to the spread of a malignant malady called Black Death in Europe. A waiting period of 40 days was imposed on all the animal and plant stock being imported into Italy from other countries to ensure that the stock is free of any kind of disease.
The Inspector randomly pulls the sample from the consignment for testing and this will be sent to the lab for testing.
Using a illuminated magnifying glass the sample will examined to detect live pests.
X-ray tests are used to detect hidden infestation. This is especially done for seeds and legumes.
The sample will examined using a powerful stereomicroscope for the infestation on the surface. This will done mainly items made out of plant material.
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The following is a phytosanitary certificate issued by Directorate of Plant Protection, Quarantine & Storage. It is mandatory to get tested and certified by these organization before customs clearance for export.
These methods are used to certify the eco-friendly side of the palm dinnerware – making sure that it degrades or decomposes under the action of biological decomposers (biodegradability) and under compost conditions (compostability).
This Areca plate certification method is mainly used to test plastics and other materials to certify that they are biodegradable under certain conditions provided by a standard compost facility. This method only and specifically certifies that the palm dinnerware is bound to decompose in a compost facility – above 50 degree Celsius – but not certain to decompose in a home compost environment as there is a very low chance of home composts achieving temperatures as high as the ones required.
It is a test that lasts 90-180 days, and it is carried out in multiple steps used to analyze an Areca plate through the following three techniques:
The Areca plates that incorporate plastics and polymers in their coatings or binders are sometimes made to be composted in an aerobic compost facility – an airy environment where there is adequate oxygen for biological decomposers to survive and thrive. The palm dinnerware is kept in an aerobic industrial or municipal compost facility to test whether it is actually degradable.
The Areca plates are tested to see whether they:
This is a method used to test the bio-based or organic carbon content of any product sample. It can be used to determine what amount of carbon it can contaminate the environment with if it is burned. The technique can be used effectively to delve deeper into the carbon content of the Areca plates or other palm dinnerware to understand whether it can harm the environment.
The method used to analyze the bio-based carbon content is radiocarbon dating. The radioactive carbon is mixed with the samples to create a carbon footprint and thus evaluate how much bio-based carbon content a product has. It does not measure biodegradability – it only provides a measure of the carbon content and certifies the eco-friendliness of Areca plates and other palm dinnerware based on that.
Naresh Kumar started CrozBorder Exports in the year 2017 and deals with manufacturing, consolidating and supplying eco-friendly products to global customers. Amidst various projects, he takes time to write and create awareness about a sustainable environment. He is also an active fundraiser for environmental activities. Low input organic farming, Rainwater harvesting, Eco-friendly and sustainable homes, solar cooking, and biogas are some of his other key areas of interest.