Three weeks into an admittedly hot and wet summer (which aids biodegradability), the box was almost unrecognizable.
Ashley told me that she is not at liberty to detail the cost of the containers or the company that makes them. I’d really love to know how much more they cost vs. the traditional plastic ‘clamshells’ one normally finds at salad bars. It would also be worth doing a cost/benefit analysis of the energy needed to create the natural fiber box versus a plastic one. They are testing out these containers in the meat department of some of their markets and may use them in other applications in the future.
At least one hurdle has been jumped; these containers are proof that we can have real-life compostability and keep food fresh and leak-free.
Starre 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 (MNN.com)