The next time you venture out for a picnic in the park, consider a greener food ware product- Eatware products come in a variety of shapes and sizes, can safely hold oils and water, be stored in the fridge, are microwave-safe, AND are 100% compostable. Eatware is made of 100% natural fibers from bamboo, sugar cane pulp, starch and water- and no chemical additives! While there are several biodegradable food container companies on the market, some potato starch based; some corn starch based, Eatware is among the most durable and safe- decomposable in the compost and dispersed in water in just two weeks.

While biodegradable materials are a step in the right direction, many contain plastic polymers to keep their shape, and can take hundreds of years to break down before they can begin decomposing into soil. In contrast, Eatware products can decompose in soil in just 180 days, and though we don’t recommend it- you could actually eat them! It’s easy to toss out that paper plate or Chinese food container, but even recycled/recyclable food container products are surprisingly un-green. Paper manufacturing arguably causes as much pollution as producing plastic polymers, not to mention depleting our forests in the process. Then there is extruded polystyrene (EPS) commonly known as Styrofoam, which has been recently banned in nearly 100 US cities due to its negative environmental impacts.

Eatware recently debuted at International Expos this year, including this Green Carnival in Hong Kong. Eatware and other nature-based products are distributed by Global Foods Trade and Excellent Packaging, to name a few. Some of these products are available at Whole Foods, but we’d love to hear about your experiences with biodegradable and/or decomposable food containers, and where you found them.

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  1. sarah1962 June 29, 2015 at 6:43 am

    but this product when you put cold water,try to rub your finger in it,you will see the fiber coming out
    the same as if you try to put hot water same thing,the product melts,the fiber comes out.Why is that? Is it safe?

    thank u

  2. ATEKWANA April 24, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I wish to know how i can get your company build its production plant in my country. Cameroon, West Africa.

  3. Sangeeta Janumala September 3, 2013 at 11:32 am

    hi would like to know about takeaway eating plates for restaurants with price tags

  4. bernard bouygues April 22, 2013 at 9:02 am

    good day,
    I will be very interested to have the adress of the manufacturer of such product.
    Bernard Bouygues

  5. Viju Jose July 17, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Hi would like to get the details for parcel containers for Restaurant. If you have the products for the same kindly mail me the details with the pricing list.

  6. Deb Coveyou March 5, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Looking to purchase togo food containers all items and a price list if possible. Thank you

  7. Carter Burnet October 29, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    I am interested in a microwaveable container for a pot pie. I make pot pies that are 6″ and about 2 or 3 inches high and I need a lid as well. I sell them out of a pizza warmer in my restaurant as well as other hot foods. What I am looking for is a container that I can cook in as well as keep in an oven and sell out of a hot case.

    Thank YOu,
    Carter Burnet

  8. thomas smtih September 20, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    i love containers and i love u

  9. Martha Larson August 23, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    I just wanted you to know – I am so excited about your products after seeing them arrive in my local Whole Foods store last month. (Ashland Ave, Chicago). I travel weekly for work, and suffer many, many, many meals on the road – my biggest dismay is seeing all the piles of plastic food containers that pile up in trash cans nationwide. I currently take on the responsibility to wash any containers I use and stuff them into my suitcase to recycle at home. It’s not pretty, convenient or fun – but it’s the least I can do with so few environmental options. The healthiest items (i.e. salads) are often the worst plastic-packaging offenders.

    To help fight this national short-term plastic-packaging epidemic, I am currently campaigning all the fast-food vendors that I frequent in the Chicago Loop and airports with the following message, pleading that they get on the ball with biodegradable packaging.

    Example: Spa Cafe (Monroe St, Chicago)

    I love your cafe and am a frequent customer – it’s so wonderful to have a health-concious venue available in the Loop. My main concern about eating out is the massive quantities of plastic packaging that are used for only minutes before being disposed to live eternally in a landfill somewhere. I hope your philosophy for healthy eating will also support healthy environment, and I encourage you to consider biodegradable food containers like those in the following link – these are now used at all Whole Foods salad bars with great success:

    I hope you will consider the opportunity to be a true leader in the Chicago area fast-food industry as one of the first to institute this impactful change.

    Many thanks,
    Martha Larson

  10. Monkey June 26, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    Why are people posting asking for price lists and information? Uh, duh, this is a weblog, not a manufacturer.

  11. susan Scheffler June 25, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    Please send me a price list for your disposable eatware.

  12. Tayor Roy June 20, 2007 at 7:13 pm

    I try the EAtware in North Caroline food Court, bought it home and leave it in my back yard. it has been 90 day.
    it is almost disappear like orange or a leave under the soil. ther have no chemical in there. I believe it.
    this is really good. then we won’t have trash keep pilling up. EATware is a good Paper plate…..

  13. joan hohenstein June 20, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    I am with a company (Fraiche Fine Foods Ltd.) in Kelowna, B.C. Canada and we are trying to source non-plastic containers for fresh fruit for example sweet cherries. Please send information to the above email address regarding the containers you manufacture.

  14. Lindsey June 19, 2007 at 2:17 am

    In talking with professionals who actually conduct the life cycle analysis of these products, municiple waste managment organizations, and sustainability guru’s these products seem to be abother; “green seams good” but the reality is that these products aren’t necessarily a better solution than plastics. Consider the petroleum and energy behind the growing, manufacturing, and shipping of these products; they are not proven to be using less petroleum here than in producing plastic and still take lots of energy consumption to create. The PLA products also pose a problem in recycling industries, of which it’s difficult to notice the difference between recyclable plastic and compostable, and the compostable can contaminate the recycling efforts. As another commentor mentioned as well, depending on the type of landfill these products are going to, they may or may not biodegrade any faster than plastics. I find it a challenge in with the local industrial composter (these products will not biodegrade in your backyard composter; they need temperatures much hotter!) to accept many of these products as well as there are often strict standards as to how fast each product will actually biodegrade plus they don’t add any nutrients to their compost product so they’re considered a hastle. Just a note to consider the big picture; not all green means good. They may end up being proven to be a slightly better product than their plastic counterparts, but always choose durable food service ware if an option.

  15. jennb June 18, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    I just finished Garbage Land by Elizabeth Royte, and she wrote that whether or not something is compostable depends on how it is landfilled, i.e. whether it’s dry or wet. The wet stuff has a chance, but dry landfilling will preserve newspapers for 100 years. This is a great start, but I just have a hard time imagining nice, loamy compost settling out of a mix of plastic wrappers and electrical wire…

  16. João Sousa June 18, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    I believe in countries like USA or Japan this packages can begin to take part of a big change because as we know they mainly eat the so called fast-food, food in a container and that is really a big amount of trash that each person gives away every time they eat. In Europe there isn’t a lot of consumption of those products allthough it’s rising with the acceptance of that type of food.

    I believe that if countries like USA or Japan begin to think about using this kind of product that could be an example to the world and to change our minds like we did reffering to the CFCs!

  17. amy lou June 17, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    Yay…after throwing and attending 2 three year old birthday parties….this was a very necessary post considering it’s picnic/party season and it’s astounding how much trash a bunch of three year olds can create with pizza & cake! I am about to order mine now!

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