Although it seems like a relatively new fad, the food-on-wheels industry has been around since the 1950’s. Remember going to the county fair as a kid and getting an ‘elephant ear’ or a corndog? Business is a little different these days. Gourmet food trucks are finding their way to even the most rural of street corners. With this explosion comes a nod towards another sweeping trend. The green movement. Read more
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This picture on the Cream City Ribbon website is enough to make you do a double-take. What a colorful birds nest! Cream City Ribbon, based inMilwaukee, creates a line of eco-friendly and, what they bill as, biodegradable* ribbon. CreamCityRibbon can also accommodate organic and recycled ribbon custom orders. Made from responsibly-grown cotton, the company has taken pains to produce beautiful, vibrant ribbon printed with soy-based inks that will accentuate any packaging. From a food safety standpoint, their ribbon is certified by the US Department of Agriculture for indirect food contact so that means the ribbon can be added to your packaging but can’t actually touch any of the food that is being sold for consumption.
*Cream City Ribbon backs up their biodegradable claim with the following information on their website: An article in the Journal of North American Benthological Society (March 2007) reported that cotton fabric strips and fallen leaves decay in the same way and time frame when exposed to the same environmental conditions. Since Cream City Ribbon® has no cross threads, and is bonded with a water-soluble adhesive, it is reasonable to assume that it would decompose faster than a similar-sized strip of woven cotton.
Depending on the type of food business you run (or want to run) you may need to provide plates, napkins, takeaway containers, or cutlery to your customers. While not glamorous, these items are a necessity to many a small food business and if you’re looking for one-time use/disposable items it’s great to know that there are now biodegradable and compostable options available.
VegwareUS makes a number of items integral to food business including bio-degradable cutlery made from a natural starch and compostable plates, bowls, and take-out containers made from Bagasse which is the leftover residue from sugar cane stalks after the juice has been extracted. This process makes their plates and containers stable for both hot and cold foods without adding a petroleum-based lining which is not always the case when it comes to eco-friendly food packaging. The company also features napkins made from 100% recycled paper and compostable garbage bags so that you can be confident your garbage bag itself isn’t adding to the pollution problem.
If you’re interested in trying VegwareUS you can purchase sample packs from them to see how their products work for your business and clientele. They also offer their products for sale on their website or, with a business license, you can find a wholesale representative who should be able to provide you with wholesale pricing. One thing to keep in mind is that compostable and biodegradable products can start to break down after about 180 days so you shouldn’t bring in more items then you think you will use during that time.