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Casa Verde: Greener Disposable Cups

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.


geohiker geohiker 10 years
I was eating some noodles last year that came in a bowl made of this material. I put them into my compost bin and they did break down (although it took a while). I felt very eco-friendly, not throwing out plastic! (I can't remember the brand name...)
kmrago kmrago 10 years
I was on a snorkeling trip on my honeymoon in Hawaii 2 weeks ago. The tour gave each person one of these corn cups to use throughout the day. Now we just have to get the bars and restaurants to use them.
Sugar-aholic Sugar-aholic 10 years
Do they come in the right size, weight for beer pong cups? These are the important questions... :-) Really, I think these are awesome!
chancleta chancleta 10 years
great idea i hate styrofoam and recycle plastic cups every single chance i get i hope everyone starts using this new type
Rhiannon Rhiannon 10 years
They used these at the Virgin Music Festival this summer. All of the disposables used at the festival were all corn based.
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
yes, these are so cool. they need these in stadiums or major sporting events - they go through so many cups!
Mintie Mintie 10 years
Oh fantastic! They actually have alot of products on there that we can use at home. I'm sick of so many disposable things that I know are no good for the planet.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 10 years
great ideas.
karisaamy karisaamy 10 years
Now the stores need to carry them.
ktjones ktjones 10 years
I need plates made out of the same material! Then I would be all set!
Emiily Emiily 10 years
good idea. i refuse to use Styrofoam.
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