Debra Lynn Dadd

Biodegradable Disposable Picnic Ware

QUESTION:

I wanted to check to see if you're familiar with any plastic-ware, plastic glasses and paper/plastic plates, napkins & table cloths that are now on the market and are environmentally friendly products. We'll be celebrating my daughter's graduation and are looking for something that we can hopefully purchase at Target or Walmart for her party. It is casual (picnic in local park), so no glassware is allowed. I've already checked with Target and Walmart to no avail. Any ideas?

POSTED BY DEBBIE :: DEBRA LYNN DADD :: DLD123.COM :: FLORIDA USA :: 05/19/2008 10:03 PM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

There are biodegradable cups, bowls, and plates made from "bagasse", which is sugar cane fiber that is a byproduct of the sugar refining process. Supplies are virtually unlimited, as a huge amount of sugar is processed internationally.

Flatware is made available made from potato starch and vegetable oil.

One place to find them is Branch. Another is Full Circle Planet.

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

This would require washing dishes, but enameled plates and cups are available almost anywhere like Target, etc. in the camping section. They are enamel over metal so they should be allowed in a park since they don't break.

Keep in mind how we used to make a sink full of hot soap water and let our dishes sit for a while and everything slipped right off.

We have a dishwasher at home but when we go camping it doesn't seem to take too long to do the dishes....a little soda in the water makes a little soap go a long way.

Sometimes we (yes I do it too) get so used to the "new" way to do things that we don't remember that the old way wasn't that bad.

POSTED BY JULIE :: IN USA :: 05/26/2008 12:55 PM


Check out disposable plates, napkins and eating utencils made of bamboo (at your local healthfood store or on-line at greenfeet.com).

OF COURSE you know what will work best for you and your family, but to save both costs and the environment, consider putting a no-utencils-needed menu together: croissant or pinwheel sandwiches, fruit on skewers, veges and dip, etc - - you can even make or buy cupcakes (that can be eaten out-of-hand) with a graduation theme instead of a large sheet or other kind of cake.

For table cloths: hunt down really inexpensive fabric ($1-2 per yard on-line, at Walmart or your local fabric outlet), cut to fit the park's table tops and then donated to a charity when you are done. OR - look for new or used twin bed sheets (the top sheet) at your local thrift store and dye them the color you want (and then donate them when you are done).

Decorate your tables with nature elements - beautiful, colorful flowers and/or herbs can be found in 4-inch pots in the garden centers at Walmart, K-Mart or Target. Wrap the plastic pots in fabric or greenery for the party, then plant them at home or donate them when you are done.

Congratulations on such a great milestone for your child, and have a great party!

POSTED BY MARY ANNE :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 05/26/2008 1:43 PM


Hi,

This is the first time I have posted on Debra's site and I hope I can be of some assistance.

I live in Brampton, Ontario and I recently went to the Green Living Show in Toronto. I purchased some bioderadable products from Core Sales Inc.

They have a website www.coresales.ca. They were selling biodegradable plates, cups, utensils etc for a reasonable price. At the show I picked up 50 cups for $5 (canadian). Not sure if they sell small amounts to ship to the US, but it may be worth investigating.

Hope that helps???

Erin

POSTED BY ERIN :: ONTARIO CANADA :: 05/27/2008 11:32 AM


Hello :).

Depending on the area in which you live, you might be able to now find the sugar cane disposable plates and bowls at your local health food store - Whole Foods definitely carries them at an affordable price. Whole Foods also carries thier own brand of recycled paper goods at reasonable prices as well. Have a great day :).

POSTED BY FLCLOVER :: SOUTH CAROLINA USA :: 06/02/2008 1:54 PM


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