While reusable containers are always best, sometimes, when you're throwing a big party, it's hard to get around the use of disposable cups. But now there's a better option.
This past weekend I attended a wedding for a bride and groom who are really eco-sensitive, so I was surprised to see plastic cups on the bar. Then the bride's mother told me that even though the cups, which were used for sparkling juice, wine, and beer, looked like plastic, they were made of corn. Since the bride and groom are already old pros at composting, they knew that there were better options than plastic for their disposable (or should I say compostable) cup needs at the wedding.
These PLA cups compost in two months, and they're reasonably priced, at 1,000 cups for around $70.
I found that the cups I used held up just as well as the plastic variety, but without any of the guilt. Just make sure not to leave these cups out in the hot sun, as they may melt or warp at high temperatures.