Whether they were off-white, beige, tan, black or clear, green is the popular color for disposable knifes, forks, spoons, take-out containers and drinking cups.
That's green, as in recyclable, bio-degradable and all-around earth-friendly.
Such were the take-out utensils, containers and bags that bloomed in the aisles of the Northwest Foodservice Show at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle on Sunday and continuing today.
Manufacturing ingredients for these items include sugar cane, potatoes, corn starch and wheat – all sustainable resources. They're recyclable, compostable and, in come cases, biodegradable.
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Some products can stand up to heat, too. Clamshell containers made from sugar cane, for example, are heat stable to around 410 degrees – meaning you can re-heat restaurant leftovers in the microwave without melting the sugar-based containers.
Vendors weren't advertising prices, but one restaurateur who purchases earth-friendly utensils said such products cost him up to five times more than conventional products.
I've only found a few places in the South Sound that use earth-friendly flatware and containers. They are Vitals Café, Blue Lotus Café and i.talia Pizzeria, all in Olympia. If you encounter earth-friendly utensils and containers elsewhere, please send me an e-mail or comment below.