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New dinnerware disposes with guilt

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published May 12, 2007


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Now you can serve your potatoes and corn on guilt-free disposable dinnerware made from potatoes and corn.

EarthShell biodegradable dinnerware – made from 70 percent corn and potato starch and 30 percent limestone, all natural, renewable sources – is now available from major stores such as Wal-Mart and Target.

The dinnerware is a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based plastic and foam as well as paper disposable dinnerware.

You can microwave this heat-, moisture- and cut-resistant dinnerware. But don't use it for the oven, grill or dishwasher.

When you're done, dispose of it in a compost heap. It will biodegrade if exposed to air or water. In a landfill, EarthShell shrivels to take up 70 percent less space than paper, plastic or foam equivalents.

A package of 25 plates or 30 bowls retails for $2.50 to $2.99. Details are at http://renewable-products.com/index.html.

[Last modified May 11, 2007, 13:37:10]


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