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I found a paper by Wassman (2008) which compares polystyrene to biodegradable and compostable (B&C) plastic, showing that the main benefit of using the B&C cutlery appears if they are composted afterwards. Note that if composted properly, methane emissions associated to biodegradation should be very limited. So yes, non-plastic based material can ...


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A lovely question! I can remember when there were no plastic bottles. Glass - made from one of our most common minerals - quartz, is not likely to run out, and is fully recyclable. I still get my milk in glass bottles which are collected by the milkman washed out and used again, with almost zero energy use; not even in transport as they are collected during ...


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Some common brands in the UK used glass within the last couple of decades; a few still do, but call themselves "cordial". I recall plastic caps on some, and metal caps on other brands. In France the equivalent (more of a syrup) is often sold in metal bottles - like 1 litre cans with plastic lids. I'm not sure whether they're steel or aluminium, and don't ...


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You could try Karstadt/Kaufhof, or any store specialised in kitchen stuff, maybe WMF, maybe Leonardo, even Depot could provide at least bamboo straws. I got some glass straws (via the Internet, boooh) by Halm, very happy with them. Generally speaking, I wouldn't go looking for good knifes or pots at a supermarket, so I also wouldn't bother looking there for ...


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Rather than focus on alternatives to plastic lids on disposable containers, I thought it would be beneficial to have another solution entirely: Use reusable lunch gear As a consumer, you can bring a bowl or soup cup with you (or even just a tupperware container with a lid), and ask that your takeaway soup be placed in that instead. KeepCup offers a ...


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Plastic films can line paper containers. https://www.avantium.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/20191011-Press-release-Avantium-joins-Paper-Bottle-Project-final.pdf But also plastic is being developed that will bio-degrade in any compost situation. https://www.avantium.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Gruter-G-J-M-Confusion-about-biopolymer-and-biodegradation.-...


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The problem with packaging starts in the grocery store where styrofoam trays are used for all meat.How about using containers like milk cartons which are wax coated. Can cardboard be coated with wax and used or is this also not biodegradable? I'm just posing some possible alternatives and looking for answers from anyone out there.


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