Tuesday, February 5, 2008

eco-friendly cold cups and dessert plates at MICA

Hey everyone,

Libby Francis is the Assistant Director of Retail at Parkhurst Dining Services @ MICA. She just sent ou an email to the Sustainability Committee,

"...Parkhurst will be rolling out our new line of eco-friendly cold cups and dessert plates this Friday, February 8th at Java Corner. We have been working with our vendors to ensure both the availability and affordability of these products. Snack cups and iced coffee drinks will now all be served in “Greenware.” Cakes and pies will be served on “Green Wave” dessert plates.

Greenware is a line of premium cold drink cups and lids, “grown” and made in the USA. Products are made from NatureWorks™ Poly Lactic Acid (PLA), a resin derived entirely from natural corn materials. PLA is 100% renewable through annual corn harvests and fully compostable in municipal and industrial facilities.

Green Wave biodegradable plates are an environmentally friendly way to serve food. Each plate is made out of all-natural, annually renewable resources that break down quickly in both water and landfills. Products are made of environmentally conscious natural fiber, such as sugarcane, grass and reed plasma.

Café Doris will be bringing in these products, too! In addition to the Greenware cups, On-the-Go sandwich and salad containers will be converted to PLA products as well. Plastic forks, knives and spoons will soon be corn-starch based in both locations.

Please join us at Java Corner on Friday from 1:00 PM till closing for a special afternoon treat. Buy a slice of Dangerously Delicious Pie for $5.00 and get a 20 oz. Iced Zeke’s Coffee for FREE! See you at Bunting on the second floor Friday afternoon!”

Feel free to forward the portion of this message in quotation marks. As many on the committee will recall from this past Fall, these products were simply unaffordable at the time. Thanks to Parkhurst’s corporate-wide commitment to sustainability, we now have the purchasing power to bring costs in line with conventional products..."

See you Wed.!

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