Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Plastic or decomp?

…Kerry Fehr-Snyder, writing in the Arizona Republic (Nov 23, 2007), says some caterers out here in the good old Valley of the Sun are starting to use biodegradable plates and utensils.

…The cups are made of polylactic acid from corn. The paper plates from bamboo or recycled fiber. The utensils are from potato or cornstarch.

…Several area restaurants are also hauling out the new china.

…They say demand was never there until Al Gore came (back) on the scene.

…Grumps say even these new products aren’t that biodegradable. Even lawn clippings, they argue, don’t compost without light and water—lacking in tightly packed landfills.

…Commercial composting is not available here.

…Still, the anti-grumps say this stuff does not use oil and does not emit greenhouse gases.

…The new products are also expensive, as much as 25% more than regular products.

…HA is not a demon recycler. In fact, she got in a hiss with the city nosey-nells looking in her can and correcting her garbage judgment. Why can’t you recycle paper towels?

…But sooner or later, we are going to have to let this start creeping in. It’s a pretty small blue ball.

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