Last year at this time, we had scheduled Japanese technicians to come over and adjust our machines so that they could utilize a compostable sugarcane material. Previous test trials of the material caused issues where the material would tear, the twine wouldn't connect etc.
We all have seen the movie by now.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to prevent them from coming over, however, there is some hope that will change in the coming months. Fortunately, we have received the sugar cane material in our warehouse and we are ready to start the switch. Since it is still unknown when the Japanese technicians will be able to travel here, we aren't able to provide a concrete date of when it will happen. When they are able to, production will gradually begin to transition to the compostable sachets.
Also, our tea business has been robust as all of you are drinking increasing amounts of tea from your homes. Because of that, we realized we needed to increase our production capacity. We have purchased three new machines, and as opposed to our existing machines, they will be ready to use compostable sugarcane from Day 1.
Everyone wishes that we had already changed over to sugarcane, however at this stage of the pandemic, there are many things we all wish were different.
We will get there, and we thank you for your patience.
** Note: The material is 100% PLA (sugar cane is used to make the PLA but no sugar exist as residue in final PLA mesh.) **