Grantham College bids to ditch plastic
Grantham College has switched to plant-based products in a bid to ditch plastic and reduce waste.
The college refectory will introduce all pupils to their new biodegradable food packaging which biodegrades in a matter of weeks.
From September, all plastic containers and cutlery will be replaced with an alternative product known as Vegware, which is plant-based.
While single-use plastic products can take hundreds of years to decompose in the earth, Vegware typically takes a matter of weeks. The move comes amid widespread concern over
the dangers posed to the environment by plastic.
The products that the college are replacing entirely with Vegware are foam food containers, drinks cups and all plastic cutlery.
Styrofoam which is found in foam food containers is a big part of the plastic problem in our oceans. Being 95 per cent air, its
buoyancy allows it to float down waterways, eventually making it to the ocean where it gets broken down into smaller pieces and ingested by marine life.
Karen Duller, catering functions manager at Grantham College believes the change will go a long way to reducing the college’s impact on the environment.
She said: “We have decided to look at biodegradable products because you cannot recycle plastic if there is food waste on it. Vegware takes 12 weeks to biodegrade.”
Vegware is a manufacturer and visionary brand, the global specialist in plant-based compostable foodservice packaging.
Their catering disposables are made from plants using renewable, lower carbon,
recycled or reclaimed materials, and can all be commercially composted with food waste where accepted.
For more information, visit: www.vegware.com
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