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FAQs

How can I purchase Karat products?
Karat products are generally sold through a distribution network. If your distributor does not carry Karat products, please encourage them to contact us to learn more about our products, pricing, and samples.

I am a distributor and I am interested in carrying Karat products.
Please contact us or complete our Inquiry Form.

How can I find a Karat distributor in my area?
For the name and phone number of a Karat distributor in your area, please contact us or go to our Inquiry Form.

What if there are no local distributors carrying Karat products near me?
If you’re unable to find a local distributor, you may Refer a Distributor or visit CupDepot for Karat products.

Is international shipping for Karat products available?
Karat does not offer international freight or shipping options from our U.S. headquarters. Please contact our International Sales department by completing our Inquiry Form.

What is polystyrene (PS)?
Polystyrene (PS) is a versatile plastic that can be rigid or foamed. General purpose PS is clear, hard, brittle, and has a relatively low melting point. Typical applications include protective packaging, containers, lids, cups, and bottles, and trays. (Source: American Plastics Council)

What is polypropylene (PP)?
Polypropylene (PP) is a plastic with good chemical resistance, is strong, and has a high melting point making it good for hot-fill liquids. PP is found in flexible and rigid packaging to fibers and large molded parts for automotive and consumer products. (Source: American Plastics Council)

What is polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE)?
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) is a clear, tough plastic with good gas and moisture barrier properties. Commonly used in soft drink bottles and many injection molded consumer product containers. Other applications include strapping and both food and non-food containers. Cleaned, recycled PET flakes and pellet are in great demand for spinning fiber for carpet yarns, producing fiberfill and geo-textiles. (Source: American Plastics Council)

What is polylactic acid (PLA)?
Polylactic acid (PLA) is a clear bio-plastic formed from plant starch, primarily from corn feedstock, used only for cold food and beverages. PLA is not readily recyclable, but is compostable in commercial facilities where available. (Source: American Plastics Council)

What is Karat doing to reduce its carbon footprint?
Karat developed Karat Earth, a line of eco-friendly paper & plastic beverage & foodservice products. Please see our Products for more information.

What temperatures will your products withstand?
Our products will generally withstand a wide range of temperatures, but this can be influenced by the presence of fats, sugar, and other ingredients in food and beverages.

Can I request product samples?
We would be happy to send you samples of the products (a $10 non-refundable processing fee will apply) you are interested in so that you may try them to see if they meet the requirements of your specific application. To request product samples, please contact us or go to our Inquiry Form.

Can I purchase Karat products printed with my name and/or logo?
Please see our Custom Printing for more information.

How do I apply for employment at Karat?
Please visit Lollicup USA for more information.

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