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Chinet Class Action Lawsuit; What’s Up With Your Disposable Plates?

About the Chinet Class Action Lawsuit

People often purchase disposable plates for parties and events where guests are expected to eat as it saves time cleaning being that you simply have to throw the products out once you’re finished with them.

When a California woman purchased a set of Chinet disposable plates, though, she later realized that they actually contain chemicals that actually make them… well, not very disposable.

What Makes Them Non-Recyclable?

The Chinet Class Action lawsuit includes allegations that claim Chinet disposable plates contain perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals or PFAs that do not break down. What they actually do is pollute the soil and water, which may include any crops that were planted in the soil. 

Once this occurs, the chemicals in the plants are passed on to the animals that eat them.

Under California’s Green Guides, it is mandated that compostable products must become usable compost in a safe and timely manner in an appropriate composting facility, home compost pile, or machinery.

These PFAs cause dangerous health issues, and because of recent studies and products that contain the chemicals, they may cause contamination of nearby soil and water, making them non-recyclable.

The Chinet class action further claims that consumers who purchase these products may end up, unknowingly, putting these items in the compost pile, which, of course, may in turn end up being soil fertilizer for crops that may further contaminate food sources, and so on.

This case can be referenced under the name: Velma Hernandez v. Huhtamaki Inc., Case No. 3:20-cv-08155.

Editor’s Note on the Chinet Class Action Lawsuit

This case is written about the recent Chinet Class Action. If you believe you are an affected consumer we’d be happy to help you take a step in the right direction, fight this issue, and better enable you to join in on any potential consumer class action. If interested, please send an email to, find us on Twitter or Facebook, or even connect with us directly on our website! We look forward to hearing from you all.

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