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Compostable To-Go Products for Food Providers:
You can make a great impact with your business by changing the types of to-go containers you give out. There are many items available today that can be composted at home by your customers, reducing the amount of single-use plastic waste that is sent to our landfills. Please consider switching to one of these products. They might cost a little more but they are so much better for the environment. If you cannot afford to cover the cost of switching to these products, consider adding an optional charge of anywhere from .25 to $1 to customers' bills to help you cover the cost of providing environmentally friendly options. But don't be a victim of greenwashing! To make sure your to-go items are actually accepted for composting, be sure to purchase items that are ASTM d6400 certified 100% compostable. Some of the other classifications are partially compostable or biodegradable, which is hardly the same thing. The Compost Company in Ashland City recommends these brands: WorldCentric, Eco-Products, & Verterra for cups, plates, bowls, and utensils. For bags, they recommend EcoSafe, BioBag, BioTuff and Unni. Confused or not sure what to buy? Email us for help.
Compostable in back-yard piles:
These are the best products to buy because they can be composted in back-yard piles. Straws made from paper, pasta or wheat stems are a better choice than compostable or "biodegradable" plastic. Contact us for a discount code to order the Hay Straws! pictured above. World Centric unbleached plant fiber containers pictured right are made with no wax or plastic lining and are BPI Certified compostable. Available in many convenient sizes, including catering pans which are available with fiber lids and a plant based bio-lining for leak resistance. To purchase these products, visit worldcentric.com
Compostable in a Commercial Facility:
Although reusable/washable materials are always better, these products work well for food providers who absolutely cannot use reusable containers for dine-in. If you choose to use compostable plastic, you must complete the circle by making sure these items get composted by one of the commercial composting companies listed above or you are barely making a difference. And you MUST make sure your customers understand that these items are not recyclable with petroleum-based plastic. Otherwise, these items might contaminate regular recycling streams and your intentions might end up doing more harm than good. Need further clarification? Email us for help.