April 19, 2011

Setting The Table with Environmentally-Friendly Options

Depending on the type of food business you run (or want to run) you may need to provide plates, napkins, takeaway containers, or cutlery to your customers.   While not glamorous, these items are a necessity to many a small food business and if you’re looking for one-time use/disposable items it’s great to know that there are now biodegradable and compostable options available.

VegwareUS makes a number of items integral to food business including bio-degradable cutlery made from a natural starch and compostable plates, bowls, and take-out containers made from Bagasse which is the leftover residue from sugar cane stalks after the juice has been extracted.  This process makes their plates and containers stable for both hot and cold foods without adding a petroleum-based lining which is not always the case when it comes to eco-friendly food packaging.  The company also features napkins made from 100% recycled paper and compostable garbage bags so that you can be confident your garbage bag itself isn’t adding to the pollution problem.

If you’re interested in trying VegwareUS you can purchase sample packs from them to see how their products work for your business and clientele.  They also offer their products for sale on their website or, with a business license, you can find a wholesale representative who should be able to provide you with wholesale pricing.  One thing to keep in mind is that compostable and biodegradable products can start to break down after about 180 days so you shouldn’t bring in more items then you think you will use during that time.