But plastic made from crops introduces a new set of environmental problems. Food service suppliers don’t make their own plastic -- they buy it, wholesale, from a company called Natureworks. Natureworks is owned by multinational agribusiness giant Cargill; its plant-based plastic, branded Ingeo, is the only game in town for eco-plastic goods. That means the corn inside each “eco-friendly” plastic cup was grown with stiff pesticides and gas-guzzling combines. Still, according to Natureworks, “Ingeo results in 60% less greenhouse gases than the oil-based … plastic it replaces.”
Read more at: http://www.onearth.org/blog/green-plastic-sustainable-disposable
HUH? Children's EPA Dir. Nancy Swan asks,
- "Which do product is more likely to harm your child's health? Pesticides and industrial waste? Or greenhouses gases?"
- Are we making healthier choices for our children or are they being made for us as a sales promotion?
- What choices would you like to see offered in school cafeterias and child eateries?