Planners now can take advantage
of an increasing array of biodegradable food-service products made from renewable resources.
The Sugar Cane Paper Co. (thesugarcanepapercompany.com
) makes plates, napkins and more from bagasse, the material left over after liquid is extracted from sugar cane. A case of 1,000 six-inch plates costs $65.20 (compared to $55.35 for a case of Dixie plates from FoodServiceDirect.com
) offers cutlery made from wheat and small amounts of plastic. One thousand Wheatware BioMass-75 forks cost $79; 1,000 similar Dixie forks cost $95.25.
Steve Mojo, of the Biodegradable Products Institute, says renewable resources "are helpful in reducing our carbon footprint" -- but not when everything is thrown away after use. Instead, Mojo recommends planners seek to compost biodegradable items.