There are not only issues with these materials contaminating our waterways with physical hazards and filling up our landfills. The people working in the plants that produce these products are exposed to the carcinogens and neurotoxins that make them up. In the 500-1000 years that it takes these materials to degrade to microscopic levels, they absorb toxins from the environment. This means that as they enter the food chain as microscopic particles, they bring with them not only their intrinsic carcinogens and neurotoxins, but also environmental toxins, such as PCBs. It’s a vicious cycle.
Here at EcoMontana we offer solutions to help break that cycle. While reusable is always best, it’s not always practical. We supply only compostable food service items, all made from plants… NOT petroleum! We have hot cups made from paper that comes from sustainably forested trees and lined with a “corn plastic”. We have clear cold cups, deli containers, soufflé cups, and clamshells made from the same “corn plastic.” Our utensils, made from corn and talc, are the sturdiest disposable cutlery you will find. They withstand temperatures up to 200ºF and if they happen to come home in the kids’ lunchboxes, they can go in the dishwasher! Our plates and napkins are made of straw and come in various shapes and sizes. We also have bowls, to-go containers, and catering pans made from bagasse, the fibrous leftovers from sugarcane processing.