Regular readers know I don't do many product reviews or summaries -- not my favorite kind of post, and others (such as several of my Treehugger colleagues) do them much better. Still, I was happy to receive a press kit and samples from the EarthShell Corporation, which distributes its EarthShell Packaging line of disposable 9" plates and 12 ounce bowls. With a number of cities, particularly on the West Coast, now banning styrofoam, and consumers paying attention to what they throw away, EarthShell's created an impressive product.
According to the materials they sent me, the company and its suppliers (ReNewable Products, Inc. of Lebanon, MO, and EarthShell Hidalgo in Mexico), the plates and bowls are made from the following materials:
- Natural starches from potatoes and corn
- Biodegradeable/compostable coatings
- Consuming less total energy to produce (then a comparable product, I assume)
- Using less fossil fuels to produce
- Producing lower greenhouse gas emissions; and
- Producing lower amounts of a wide variety of air and water emissions.
I'll certainly look for these, as I hate using purely disposable products (though they're awfully convenient). Let's hope others feel the need to compete in this particular product niche.
Categories: earthshell, disposable, compostable, biodegradeable, tableware, foodservice, US