Composting Dishes
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2009 07:16:27 -0700 (PDT)

On Jul 1, 2009, at 9:43 AM, Mac Thomson wrote:

It always strikes me as unfortunately
ironic whenever a large group of environmentalist-types use disposable
cups, plates, silverware, and serving trays at their gatherings. [clip]
So my challenge for Boulder is to use as much as possible only
reusable materials (and I don't mean recyclable).

Has anyone used the compostable versions? How expensive are they if you buy in bulk?

We have dishes and glasses, etc., (Fiestaware, if you care!) but it isn't always convenient to use the dishwasher and some of us are leery of dishes washed by non-serious dishwashers -- some people just don't care or don't know what can happen when dishes are not properly washed.

We have a commercial dishwasher that requires its water to be preheated and isn't worth the time and bother for a small meal. Some of us would like one residential washer, or to replace the big one with two large residential washers. We don't have a big meal program -- one or two meals a week is typical.

Recently we have been using the CH dishes and taking them home to wash or doing BYO. This works pretty well, but there are times when I would value a good alternative -- potlucks with non-residents and summer barbecues.

Of course, if we started using compostable dishes, we would have to sell the compost (1) to pay for the dishes, and (2) because we would have more compost than we could use. We are overflowing in compost sometimes.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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