Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dinnerware Goes Green on Thanksgiving

So, you are the host for this year's family Thanksgiving gathering and you're coming up short on dishes. It has happened to the best of us. When you have a large family, you have two options:

  • Ask some guests to bring extra dishes
  • Use paper/plastic disposables

I know the latter has been the bad boy of holiday shindigs, but it doesn't have to be anymore.

Pictured above, scanned from Eco Products site, are some of the more useful and popular items you might need. No, they're not plastic and they didn't cause irreparable harm to the environment in their manufacture. Their only downside is locating them locally. I haven't yet found the cups, utensils or plates in my area. The good news is I have found several local retailers who carry BioBag biodegradable bags (available in various sizes). These are a blessing when you have a lot of company and need waterproof waste bags. If you have 10 kids at your Thanksgiving day meal, you're bound to get at least one cup full of beverage dumped into the trash. Plastic is necessary on these occasions.

A little bit of info on these products is needed to understand just how green they really are. For starters, they are all made from renewable sources, and they are all compostable. If you are a composter, there will be no big bags of junk sent to the dump after this Thanksgiving. If, like many people, you haven't quite reached the stage of jumping into composting, not to worry. This stuff will biodegrade easily in the landfill, unlike its predecessors, the plastics.

According to Eco Products' site, the compostable "cold drink cups are made from PLA plastic derived from corn. PLA plastic is a compostable material that when placed in a commercial environment will naturally decompose back to organic elements. Unlike regular cold cups that are made using petroleum, PLA plastic products are made using US grown corn!"

The cutlery is made from corn, and the plates are made from sugarcane; both also compostable. These new creations are healthy for you and the environment. I hope you'll give them a try. No doubt they are available on other websites as well. You can search Google for them in the right sidebar, if you're looking for a closer supplier to reduce the shipping (Eco Products is in Boulder, Colorado), or just check out Eco Products for their extensive list of green products. Good luck.

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