Simple Green: Biodegradable Dinnerware

Simple Green: Biodegradable Dinnerware

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Adrienne Breaux
Aug 12, 2008

Companies around the country have been taking steps towards running more environmentally aware businesses. One step that companies can take is the use of biodegradable, compostable food packaging. Could this green technology also benefit homeowners? Find out more after the jump…

We all try to use non-disposable items for cooking and eating whenever possible, but what about exceptions like picnics or camping? When you just need to have disposable dinnerware, bio-compostables might be an option for your home.

Bio-compostables provide a sustainable alternative to existing toxic food storage items like Styrofoam, plastic and paper products because they are made from renewable sources like sugarcane fiber, corn and potato, take less energy to manufacture, and can decompose after being thrown away.

Sturdy, all-natural and just plain neat, these items can help save you time without compromising your green household goals. Here in Austin, you can check out bio-compostables at Eco-wise, located at 110 West Elizabeth in Austin. Prices of biodegradeble and compostable food serving products are reasonable: a 50 count pack of bagasse (sugar cane fiber) 9" plates will run you $13.95 and a package of biodegradable and compostable utensils will cost $7.95.

Last week Gregory found some biodegradable products in the form of planters at Whole Foods: Ecoforms sustainable planters. For a list of other products that are certified to compost quickly, check out this post about the Biodegradable Products Institute.

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