With a bride who's trying to track down an eco alternative to biodegradable tableware

by Nevinweeks
Get lots of emails at Ethical Weddings from brides and grooms trying to plan a more ethical and green wedding – so we thought it was about time we started to share them with you – especially as you might be able to help us answer them!
So today, we're Stateside (virtually that is!) with a bride who's trying to track down an eco alternative to biodegradable tableware...
  4 answers
  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Apr 01, 2013
    The best table ware will be real plates and silverware...anything disposable (or compostable) are far more waste full.

  • Kimberly Barney Kimberly Barney on Apr 01, 2013
    I must agree with KMS. She could purchase all clear glass plates which you can find quite often at low prices or have a mix of dishes. The clear glass plates would allow her to dress them in any color or design that she wishes by simply placing decor on the bottom side of the plates.

  • JesseConant JesseConant on Apr 02, 2013
    The state of California has passed a law, assembly bill number 2417, stating that the words biodegradeable, oxo-biodegradable, degradable, and every possible synonym for those words, in effect, belong to the corn-based plastics (PLA) industry. No biodegradable plastic made out of naphtha, an otherwise useless industrial byproduct, may be labeled biodegradable, nor any synonym thereof, may, given current technlogy, be called biodegradable, even if they do, in fact, biodegrade in one day longer than 120 days. This is true even if the biodegradable plastic alternatives are far more likely to biodegrade in a landfill that the corn based plastic alternative. The net effect of this is to increase the demand for corn based plastics. The result of making non-food items out of corn has driven a price spike in the world grain supply that threatens hundreds of millions of impoverished third world citizens with starvation.More info comes from news center at http://www.biodegradabletableware.com.cn/

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Apr 02, 2013
    If they are planning a large wedding...then renting the place settings would make the most sense.