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08. 29. 2006

Biodegradable dinnerware

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It's true, I don't host many brunches or entertain a lot from home, but if I did, I would definitely get these biodegradable dinnerware sets, not just because they are attractive (call me boring, but I hate paper plates with designs on them, especially seasonal and holiday themes), but because they are made of 100% biodegradable, compostable sugar cane fiber, and the utensils are made of 80% potato starch and 20% vegetable oil.

Sugar cane fiber is a renewable resource, and these pieces are much sturdier than paper; thus they're "microwavable, freezer safe, oil resistant, and capable of handling hot foods and beverages." Never mind that some people consider using disposable dinnerware tacky when entertaining (maybe it's a cultural thing, but I grew up using paper plates at every family gathering), but if you'd rather use your fine china when guests are over, consider these the next time you're planning a picnic.

Get them at Branch.

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Bill:

don't forget the very cool and green bambo disposable dinnerware:

http://www.joannehudson.com/shop/browse/category/dinnerware_bambu

Allison:

Ecoproducts has a similar product that is easily obtainable at my local Whole Foods...saves on shipping!

You can find a growing list of compostable foodservice items on the BPI website, starting at
http://www.bpiworld.org/BPI-Public/Approved/2.html

Most are made in the US and contain high amounts of renewable resources as well as being certified as compostable in professionally managed facilities.

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