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Compostable Biobased Food Service Ware

| Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on May 12, 2011 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

This presentation on Compostable Biobased Food Service Ware was part of the Responsible Purchasing Network’s webinar, May 12, 2011.

The webinar was geared to experienced “green” purchasers and those just getting started and covered important aspects of a successful food service ware program from an environmental purchasing perspective, and explained how to conduct product performance testing.  Compostable food service ware includes biobased bowls, cups, plates, clamshells, and cutlery.

The webinar covered:
– An introduction to compostable biobased food service ware
– An overview of the importance of sustainable biomass feedstocks, toxic-free additives, and compostability
– A description of recently created purchasing specifications (BioSpecs) for this product category
– A summary of important certifications and other useful resources for purchasers
– How to prepare for and conduct product performance testing for your organizations’ needs
– Successful case studies from public and private sector organizations

Speakers included:
– Brenda Platt, SBC (
– Alicia Culver, RPN (
– Susan Kinsella, Conservatree ( and RPN

View Brenda Platt’s presentation.