FAQ

Where to buy

How/where do I purchase LifeMade products?

Many LifeMade products seen here are available for purchase at your local Walmart store, and will be soon available for purchase online at leading online retailers.Please visit our site again soon for more details.

I’m a business, how can I purchase in LifeMade products in bulk or at wholesale prices?

Please contact us directly, we’d be happy to address your business needs. We look forward to connecting with you!

Sustainability

What does the term “compostable” really mean?

The simple definition of a compostable product is this: the product will break down in a reasonable amount of time, leave behind no toxic residue, and safely become an additive to soil.

What does “home compostable” mean?

This means that every product component is made from materials that will break down and decompose into organic soil in a compost bin. Home compostable materials do not require the high heat (over 136° F) of industrial compost facilities to break down. They can biodegrade in the moderate heat (68-86° F) of home compost piles/bins. To be certified as home compostable, this process must be completed within 84 days.

What does “commercially compostable” or “industrial compostable” mean?

This means that the product requires processing in a specialized commercial facility to decompose into organic soil. These facilities are typically found near your local landfill. Commercially compostable materials require high heat (over 136° F) to break down and typically will not break down in a home composting environment. To be certified as industrial compostable, the product must degrade by at least 90% within 180 days.

What does it mean for a product to be 100% biodegradable?

This means that an object is capable of completely disintegrating by biological means. In order for packaging products or materials to qualify as biodegradable, they must completely break down and decompose into natural elements within a short time after disposal – typically a year or less.

What does it mean for a product to be eco-friendly?

The term “eco-friendly” refers to products which have been designed to do the least damage to the environment. However, it is very important to define the meaning of the term as it pertains to each product it describes. If not properly defined by the manufacturer, it is reasonable to assume that this open-ended term can lead to confusion, the spread of misinformation, and often the improper disposal of the product.

What does it mean for a product to be made from 100% recycled plastic?

Products made from 100% recycled plastic like our Earth In Mind cutlery are made from either pre- or post-consumer recycled resins, or a combination of both. Pre-consumer materials are generated after the manufacturing of the product but before it reaches the end-user, such as scraps, rejects and trimmings. Post-consumer materials come from finished products which have completed their life cycle as a consumer item and are collected from office/curbside recycling programs. By using recycled plastic, we are doing our part to help reduce reliance on new petroleum-based materials.

Our products

ICE SUBSTITUTES: What is inside?

Our Freez pak is an ice pack that uses a safe, non-toxic gel.

ICE SUBSTITUTES: Will it sweat or leak?

The Freez pak exterior bottles are tough and will not leak so you can safely use it over and over again.

ICE SUBSTITUTES: What makes the Extra Cold Freez Pak so (extra) cold?

We’ve designed the Extra Cold Freeze Pak to design even better than the standard Freez Pak! If you’ve been searching for one of the best ice packs that keeps your cooler cold for days, look no further. It is also available in a larger size for your bigger cooling jobs.

ICE SUBSTITUTES: How long will it keep my items cold?

The Freeze Pak is designed to keep items cold for longer than regular ice would. It makes a great reusable ice pack for your cooler.

ICE SUBSTITUTES: Are these better for the environment?

Yes! Freez paks are reusable and reduce water waste. At the end of your use, the Freez pak exterior bottle can be recycled if the gel itself is disposed of first.

ICE SUBSTITUTES: Where are your Freez paks made?

Our Freez pak bottle and bags are proudly made in the USA.

CUTLERY: Is LifeMade's recycled cutlery durable?

Yes. Our cutlery is a premium product and is engineered for strength and durability.

CUTLERY: Are there larger pack sizes?

Not at the moment! Feel free to buy multiple packs to be ready for your next party!

CUTLERY: Is LifeMade's plastic cutlery recyclable?

Yes, all of LifeMade’s plastic cutlery is recyclable at local recycling centers accepting #6 polystyrene. This information can be found on the bottom panel of the packaging and the cutlery itself.

CUTLERY: Is LifeMade’s recycled plastic cutlery FDA approved?

Yes, our cutlery meets FDA 174.5 Good Manufacturing Practices. We conduct annual audits of all manufacturing facilities to ensure compliance.

CUTLERY: Do you carry different colors?

We are currently working on expanding our product offering, so stay tuned for future updates to our product line.

CUTLERY: Where are your cutlery items made?

All our cutlery is proudly made in the USA.

CUTLERY: Is LifeMade’s plastic cutlery dishwasher safe?

Yes, our cutlery is dishwasher safe on the top rack.

CUTLERY: What is BPA and does LifeMade’s plastic cutlery contain it?

BPA, or bisphenol A, is an organic compound commonly used in the production of polycarbonate plastic found in a variety of common products including baby and water bottles, sports equipment, medical devices, lenses, CDs and household electronics. All LifeMade plastic cutlery is BPA free.

RECYCOOLER: What is the capacity of the Recycooler?

The Recycooler can hold 20 12-oz cans plus ice.

RECYCOOLER: Will it leak?

No. Our Recycooler is built tough, with a waterproof inner shell to prevent any leaks.

RECYCOOLER: Can I recycle it?

Yes. The Recycooler not only made of 60% post consumer fiber, it is also curbside recyclable, making it better for the environment from start to finish.

ENVIROCOOLER: Where are the Envirocoolers made?

All our coolers are proudly made in the USA.

ENVIROCOOLER: Can I recycle it?

Yes! The Envirocooler is recyclable and will be accepted at any local recycling centers that accept #6 polystyrene.

ENVIROCOOLER: What are microplastics?

Microplastics are plastic debris that are less than 5mm long that can be dangerous and harmful to our ocean and animal community. Our Envirocooler does not produce any microplastics, unlike traditional styrofoam coolers.

ENVIROCOOLER: How is this cooler different from styrofoam or foam coolers?

This cooler contains a proprietary additive that makes it 50% denser and stronger than the traditional foam cooler, as well as causes it to degrade by 92% within 4 years

ENVIROCOOLER: What is the capacity of the Envirocooler?

At 28 quarts, this Envirocooler is proven to hold 24 12-oz cans and ice!

ENVIROCOOLER: Will it leak?

Our Envirocooler has been engineered for durability and will keep ice cold for days without any leaks. Take it on a day trip to the beach worry-free!

STRAWS: How long does it take for the paper straws to decompose?

Paper straws take about 2-6 weeks to decompose in landfill.

STRAWS: Do you have bendy straws?

Good question! We appreciate and share your love for a whimsical straw; this is something we are considering adding to our product portfolio!

STRAWS: Where can I purchase these straws? Are these available in stores?

Many LifeMade products seen here are available for purchase at your local Walmart store, and will be soon available for purchase online at leading online retailers.

STRAWS: How are straws made from PHA different from other compostable straws?

Many other compostable straws are made from polylactic acid (PLA), which is a material that only biodegrades in industrial composting facilities. Because 90% of composting facilities in the US will only accept yard trimmings, most of these straws end up in landfill. In contrast, PHA straws are marine biodegradable, soil biodegradable, and home compostable, so they will fully degrade regardless of how they are disposed of.

STRAWS: What are LifeMade’s Earth-Friendly Straws made of?

The LifeMade Earth Friendly Straw is made from a material called PHA. PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) is created by feeding common renewable plant oils to micro-organisms. In technical terms, PHA is a polyester biosynthesized by a bacterium fed by inexpensive oils derived from the seeds of plants such as canola, soy, and palm. This process is very different than the manufacturing methods used to make petrochemical plastics. Because PHA is derived from organic materials and is fully biodegradable, it offers a better beginning-of-life and end-of-life scenario than any of today’s traditional single-use, petroleum-based plastics.

STRAWS: How are straws made from PHA different from other compostable straws?

Many other compostable straws are made from polylactic acid (PLA), which is a material that only biodegrades in industrial composting facilities. Because 90% of composting facilities in the US will only accept yard trimmings, most of these straws end up in landfill. In contrast, PHA straws are marine biodegradable, soil biodegradable, and home compostable, so they will fully degrade regardless of how they are disposed of. 

Other compostable straws are made of paper, which tend to wilt and collapse over time. The PHA straw’s performance far exceeds that of paper straws and will be very similar to that of traditional polypropylene straws, while being safe for the environment. 

PARTY FIBER COOLER: What is the proper way to dispose of the Party Fiber Cooler?

The Party Fiber Cooler is compostable or can be recycled curbside!

PARTY FIBER COOLER: What is the capacity of the Party Fiber Cooler?

At 16 quarts, this cooler is proven to hold 22 12-oz cans and ice.

PARTY FIBER COOLER: Will any EPS bans impact the Party Fiber Cooler?

No, the Party Fiber Cooler is made from over 90% recycled paper and 99% organic biobased materials, not EPS, so it is not impacted by bans!

PARTY FIBER COOLER: How long will it retain ice?

The Party Fiber cooler has been tested to retain ice for 16-18 hours.

About LifeMade

Who is LifeMade?

Our story dates back to the late 1800’s when the Diamond Match Company was formed. Since then, we have been on the forefront of innovation, launching the first disposable tabletop cutlery in 1958 and the first ever disposable cooler in 1960. Today, LifeMade is driving sustainability across our product portfolio by reducing materials while increasing product performance, as well as commercializing unique materials which deliver true sustainable end-of-life stories. Our team is inventing the future of sustainable disposables and bringing you convenient products that are good for the earth.

What other products do you make?

We are always working on new innovations in sustainability and have several new products in the pipeline. Stay tuned! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with the latest here at LifeMade.

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