These bars are so tasty that we wanted people to savor them down to the very last lick, and since many consumers told us they hate the feel and aftertaste of traditional wooden sticks, we decided to get innovative and come up with an entirely new solution. That’s right, after 90 some years of enjoying a frozen-dessert-holding monopoly, So Delicious Dairy Free is leading the lowly stick into the 21st century with our plant-based, lickable, compostable stick!
Sometimes it’s the little things that add up to big changes, and that’s how we like to think about our new sticks. Made right here in Oregon, it offers several advantages over the traditional wooden ice cream stick. For one, it’s made from a non-GMO plant-based polymer from an annually renewable resource that is sustainably grown and harvested, as opposed to wooden sticks that typically come from white birch trees that take 20-30 years to grow. Switching from wood to a plant-based polymer greatly improves the raw material cycle time and gets rid of the funky feel and taste of wooden sticks.
The new stick material is certified compostable and meets the requirements of the ASTM D6400 Standard, which is the gold standard specification for labeling of plastics designed to be aerobically composted in municipal or industrial facilities. In addition, we’ve subjected our sticks to a series of rigorous tests including two pilot scale compostability tests and one commercial composting test, and it turns out that our new sticks compost much faster than their wooden counterparts, as we discovered in our side-by-side trial (check out a quick rundown of our results below).
So, what about your backyard compost pile, you may ask? We do believe the material will certainly degrade into high quality compost at home if given enough time, but it may take longer than your other compostables due to variables like moisture, heat, size, and microbial content of the typical home compost pile, so we don’t certify them as home compostable.
Try them out and let us know what you think!