Why is Zuperzozial Raw Earth better than other tableware?
The tableware is made of i.a. bamboo fiber and corn powder; natural materials posing no threat to the world's oil reserves (plastics). The natural aspect is evident in the products and the beauty is in the colour and size tolerances. This makes each product slightly different from the other, which doesn’t interfere with daily use.
What is Zuperzozial Raw Earth made of?
Zuperzozial tableware consists of a number of in gredients that are pressed in a mold under high pressure and heat. The main ingredient is bamboo fiber (80%). But there is also an organic binder (resin) and corn powder that creates a smooth surface and fine texture. Some products contain different materials, such as a sealing ring on the lid of a cake box. Again we
proceed very carefully. The flexible material is made of a silicone containing no plasticizers, safe for food and the most environmentally friendly of its kind at the moment.
The product is not smooth. Is that right?
Yes, Zuperzozial tableware is made of natural materials which all behave differently during production. Dots, white flakes and small colour differences on the product are also included. That makes Zuperzozial tableware so natural. It is not plastic!
Where do the ingredients of Zuperzozial Raw Earth from?
All ingredients are grown and produced in China.
Are bamboo and corn grown organically?
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth and is harvested after 3-5 years. This rapid growth has a minimal impact on the environment. The bamboo is cut with a official cutting license of the government. There is no use of pesticides. The ingredient corn is grown in the same manner as food crop. There is thus limited use of pesticides, but it is not (yet) organically grown. The corn component however is only a small part of the ingredients.
Does Zuperzozial Raw Earth compete with global food production?
Yes, but this relates only to the corn component, which is only a small percentage of the product.
What dyes are used for the tableware?
Zuperzozial uses only natural colourants.
How are the working conditions during the production?
Zuperzozial Raw Earth is made in China. Through contractual arrangements we guarantee that the production is (of course) free of child labor and that the workers work under normal conditions and do not come into contact with hazardous or toxic materials. We are also regularly present at the factory.
What about the colour authenticity of the material?
In ordinary everyday use each piece of tableware will keep its beautiful deep colour. But some red and pink shades may eventually reduce in power in bright sunlight (become paler). We therefore recommend not to leave the tableware in bright sunlight for too long.
Why is Zuperzozial Raw Earth 100% biodegradable?
Because the main ingredients are vegetal and therefore can digest.
Our SGS test report on whether Zuperzozial is 100% degradable confirms this.
How long does this degradation process take?
With normal use, the tableware does not break. Only when it comes into contact with certain enzymes (say, below ground) the digestion will start. Depending on the size of the product, this process takes 12 to 24 months.
Can Zuperzozial Raw Earth be put in the organic waste bin?
In principle, you can put the dishes in the organic waste bin. However, in most countries organic waste processing prescribes that this waste may only decompose a couple of weeks. Residues that remain such as nut shells, etc. are then filtered. The same happens with the remains of Zuperzozial tableware. If more companies like us (think of the bio-plastic packaging bananas and coke bottles will offer biodegradable products, this will encourage the waste processors to adapt their process accordingly.
What can I use Zuperzozial Raw Earth for?
The tableware is suitable for everyday use and can be compared with dishes made of ceramic or melamine. It also has the same strength. We have an "EU Food Safe Certificate" (Europe) and "FDA Food Safe Certificate (USA).
Is the tableware sensitive to discolouration (from food such as curry, tomato soup, coffee)?
The surface has an organic coating that repels dyes. If a coffee cup does have a discolouration, it will disappear again after a hot wash (dishwasher).
There is white powder on the dishes with purchase. What to do?
This white powder is excess coating and will disappear after a hot wash (dishwasher) because it draws deeper into the product. It also fills any small knife cuts back up.
Can Zuperzozial Raw Earth be put in the dishwasher?
The tableware behaves well in a domestic dishwasher. Over time, flat products such as plates will deform slightly. This is due to the natural ingredients and has no adverse effect on the use.
Note: The tableware is dishwasher safe up to a max of 40 ° C.
Can Zuperzozial Raw Earth be put in the microwave / oven?
No, the tableware can not be put in a microwave, oven, steam oven or grill.
Why is there a label on each product?
To make Zuperzozial tableware even more environmentally friendly, we choose to use no packaging material. All necessary information is on the bottom of each product and the label on the front. This label is made of recycled paper.
Why is the label so hard to peel off?
For the label we use reused or recycled paper with bio-degradable non-permanent adhesive. The combination of the adhesive with the organic coating on the product gives a lot of tolerance in the adhesive force of the label. Usually the label comes off effortlessly (see cut line in label and draw a circle in motion the label off), but sometimes this is difficult. We advise cooking oil.
How does the tableware behave over time?
Due to the natural materials, there is a tolerance in size. Also, the product deforms very slightly over time. This has no effect on the use. Plates or bowls can still be stacked and retain their colour. The products keep getting more beautiful over the course of time. You can enjoy Zuperzozial tableware for many years!