As a quick follow-up to my previous post about recycling and composting at Dartmouth and DHMC, I wanted to link to a site that sells compostable cups and compostable to-go containers. The cups are made out of NatureWorks PLA and the to-go containers are made out of sugarcane fiber. I don’t believe that this is the supplier that Dartmouth and DHMC use, but the products look roughly similar to what is currently being used at the cafeterias and dining halls.
I’d love to have some charts comparing these products when made out of clear plastic, styrofoam, and compostable materials. Interesting data would include initial cost, cost of disposal, environmental impact (production/disposal energy needed and byproducts produced), and utility. Perhaps one of the suppliers like ECO Products would be willing to do this analysis.