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Plastic water bottle alternative for caterers
March 19, 2015 - 9:14 pm

 The catering firm at our town hall puts out plastic bottles of water at all food & beverage events.  I want to suggest something non-plastic, but I’m stymied.  There aren’t any dish-washing facilities on the premises so that cuts out using glasses.  I really could use some ideas to present to the event planners on how to get rid of the plastic water bottles. Thanks!

Beth Terry
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March 23, 2015 - 10:23 am

While I don’t like to advocate disposable products, I recognize that in some cases there’s no other option. In those cases, it’s important to realize that not all “green” foodware is created equal. First, look for compostable cups that are not made from any kind of plastic. Even supposedly compostable plastic-based plastics can contain toxic additives, and all of them require the high heat of an industrial compost facility. Even those that are certified to break down in a commercial facility often need more time than the facility will allow. Instead of compostable plastic, look for certified compostable fiber-based materials (they will be coated with a thin layer of bio-based plastic to make them leak-proof, but it will be more likely to break down than a cup made entirely of compostable plastic) like paper, bagasse, etc. Check out the BPI website for ideas:…..e/hot-cups

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