Planning on a green outdoor party - biodegradable, compostable plates and cutlery are a must on your list."730 thousand tons of Styrofoam and plastic plates and cups (710 thousand tons were Styrofoam) were disposed in 2003 (EPA)
970 thousand tons of paper cups and plates were discarded in 2003 (EPA)."
We're dumping a lot in our landfills. What happens then?
They just fill in the landfills. "Many people believe that landfills are just big, carefully controlled compost piles. They are not! In compost piles, the garbage is chopped, kept moist and stirred. No one chops garbage in a landfill and no one adds fluids – it’s usually illegal. And no one has figured out a way to stir it. The result is very little biodegradation." (Info source: EPIC doc on BPIworld
VerTerra™ has some awesome products made only of fallen palm leaves, steam, heat and pressure.
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A good comparison on using leaf based plates and other green alternatives is here
.What to do with soiled plates and cutlery?
These can be thrown in the trash, you'll be helping the environment since these products would not sit in the landfill, and you are saving the trees by not using paper based products.
Or these can also be composted in your backyard composting bin.
A biodegradable compostable plate must not contain any plastic or wax liningsWhat is bagasse?
Bagasse is the sugarcane fiber remaining after extraction of juice from sugarcane and the wheatstraw is the remaining plant material after the wheat grain and chaff have been extracted. (Info source: Worldcentric.org)