Compostable Packaging Test: Bambu Plates Breakdown

by , 11/11/10

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Finally, an update on our previous testee: the Whole Foods take-away container. Basically, it has lost all resemblance to its box shape and has broken into little pieces. I expect in a couple more months it will have integrated itself into my other compost, and will be helping to grow my first greens next Spring. (This is a nice thought as I harvested the last of the hardy greens from my Connecticut garden following a spate of hail this morning).

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packaging the future, green packaging, starre vartanStarre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick and author of The Eco-Chick Guide to Life (St. Martin’s Press). A green living expert, she contributes to The Huffington Post and Mother Nature Network (

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  1. jill swanson November 14, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Love the Bambu and the Verterra. I work for a caterer and we’ve used both. The Bambu is a more sturdy (like a solid wood plate) and the veterra is much more unique (every plate looks a different). If you need larger quantities for big parties, these guys have them both in bulk:

  2. geva November 14, 2010 at 6:45 am

    great break down Starre… great to bring all the points to the table

  3. stephanie gale November 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Good to know! Personally, if I have to use disposables, I like VerTerra’s version; plates made from fallen leaves. Supposedly breaking down in about 2 weeks, and also available at Whole Foods stores and other natural foods marekts. (I don’t have a compost pile, but maybe that could be your next test??)

  4. Diane Pham November 11, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    love these, i’m going to try them out at the next dinner party i have.

  5. kestrel November 11, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    love to see the real “break down” on this issue!

  6. Yuka Yoneda November 11, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I always wanted to buy these but was never sure if they’d really break down. Now I know. Thanks Starre!

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