AUGUST 2009

Solo creates compostable sugarcane products

Solo Cup Company introduced Bare by Solo compostable plates made with sugarcane.

The new plates offer an environmentally preferable way to serve meals, using renewable materials that can also reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.

Solo also is rolling out a Bare compostable cup made with a bio-based plastic that comes from renewable plants such as corn. The new Bare plates and cups are compostable in commercial composting facilities.

Bare is the first full line of eco-forward single-use products for serving food and beverages made with recycled, recyclable, compostable or renewable materials.

The sugarcane plates are strong and soak-through resistant and are available in dinner, lunch and dessert sizes. The bio-based plastic cup is available in a 14-ounce size that fits smaller hands and grown-ups alike. The new products expand the Bare line for consumers that already includes plates made with plant-based renewable resources and cups made with 20-percent recycled plastic.

The Bare sugarcane plates and compostable cup are certified compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) when composted in a commercial composting facility. If composted, the products do not contribute to landfill waste. Commercial composting programs that accommodate single-use foodservice products vary by area and may not be available in your community. To determine the availability and policies of commercial composting facilities in your community, check with your local municipality.