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As a bitter winter turns to spring, many people are thinking about warmer weather and planting a garden. Improving soil includes the addition of compost. International Compost Awareness Week is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry and is celebrated this year May 3-9.
Commercial compost is produced by mixing food scraps, lawn and leaf trimmings and other compostable material like wood pulp. More consumers and foodservice operators have turned to compostable servingware to complete the cycle of re-use.
Plastic servingware has dominated restaurant carry out containers for decades. The product is durable, stacks easily without taking up much space and is inexpensive. The perfect product for the 1970’s. When considering plastic containers for use today, restaurant operators and consumers must give additional thought.
Many people today consider the products they buy beyond the moment in time that they use them. Plastic containers, made from oil, take thousands of years to breakdown in a landfill. They may seem “cheap” to buy, but the “ownership” we all have is much more expensive.
According to Wikipedia, Greenwashing, a word modeled on “whitewash”, is a form of spin in which green PR or green marketing is deceptively used to promote the perception that an organization’s products, aims or policies are environmentally friendly. Evidence that an organization is greenwashing often comes from pointing out the spending differences: when significantly more money or time has been spent advertising being “green”, than is actually spent on environmentally sound practices.