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How “green” is the Greenware we are using?

While I was outside the shop the other day I noticed our friend Alyson left with a cold brew with no top on it. I asked her why she wasn’t using a top and she told me she wanted to avoid using any extra plastic that wasn’t necessary. I thought that telling her our cold cups and lids were compostable would put her mind at ease. It did not. Alyson brought up some good points that everyone should consider when they are “told” that products they are buying or using are green. She said she knew¬†we used compostable cold cups but what did that actually mean? What were they really made of and how much of them was actually compostable? I didn’t have the answers to these questions so I figured I better get some more information about Greenware before I continue feeling like I am doing my part by carrying these cups and lids. It could really be a marketing hoax right?

 

Below is what I have gathered about Greenware, the line of cold cups and lids we use at Steeplechase:

 

.Greenware products are made from Inego bipolymer, a PLA resin derived entirely from plants

.Plant sources are domestically grown and annually renewable

.Greenware products are 100% compostable in actively managed municipal or industrial facilities

.Greenware is family-owned and American made

.Greenware is made in the USA by Fabri-Kal a family owned eco and performance packaging leader for more than 60 years

.Fabri-Kal is headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan and employs more than 800 workers at manufacturing and warehousing facilities throughout the country

.Fabri-Kal stands against “Greenwashing” practices where companies manipulate consumers into believing they are using environmentally sustainable products when they are not

 

One Response to How “green” is the Greenware we are using?

  1. Melissa June 23, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    I’m very interested to know what it means for the greenware to be compostible in industrially managed facilities. Does Steeplechase sort and bring the cups from its garbage to compost facilities? Is this plastic home-compostible? Is the community garden around the corner able to composte it? If the cups do wind up in the trash (as most of them will), do they biodegrade? There is so much recyclable plastic around the city (takeout containers and plastic drink cups, for example) that CAN be recycled, but NYC doesn’t actually allow it to be recycled, so it’s really just waste plastic like any other thing you throw in the regular landfill trash, only worse because it won’t break down like paper or cardboard. I’d appreciate answers to any of these questions, if you came across them in your research. Thanks!

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