Wild Oats Widens Biodegradable Food Containers' Use
CHRISTINE TATUM / Denver Post 11jan04
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So many Wild Oats customers in Colorado and Oregon have returned biodegradable food containers to the deli counter that the natural-foods grocer is stepping up plans to distribute them nationwide.
Boulder-based Wild Oats estimates that 60 percent of customers return the containers, made from corn resin. The nation's No. 2 natural-foods grocer also reported that deli sales in Oregon jumped about 4 percent in the first three months after the containers debuted there in May.
The corn containers will be available in 77 stores nationwide by March 1.
"We have very environmentally conscious customers," spokeswoman Tracy Spencer said. "They want to see us make environmentally friendly choices, too."
The containers, manufactured by Cargill Dow subsidiary NatureWorks, can't just be thrown on the backyard compost pile. Wild Oats contracts with a composting company that turns used containers into nutrient-rich soil.
Wild Oats uses 6 million plastic containers each year, or 162 tons. Manufacturing the new corn-resin containers requires 20 percent to 50 percent less petroleum and generates up to 60 percent less greenhouse gas.
The corn-resin containers cost a few cents more, but Wild Oats has pledged not to pass that cost on to customers.
"This supports our core values and mission, a part of which is to reduce our negative impact on the environment," Spencer said.
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While contracts may stipulate a product as biodegradable, the fact is that the petroleum products, as well as the pesticides and genetically engineered genes may still be present. That our testing methods are not refined enough to detect them does not mean they are not present and active.
Plant-based plastics are yet another hoax by the plastics industry. Plastic production using plant-based material requires about 50% or more oil-based chemicals. They will always require toxic chemicals in the mix--plasticizers, colorants, UV-protection, etc.--that will migrate into food they contain, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the earth beneath our feet. Adding genetically modified plant-based material to the plastic will not reduce energy and oil inputs, but will increase them, as well as the toxic waste byproducts.
Genetically modified crops:
use MORE PESTICIDES;
are LESS PRODUCTIVE;
are LESS HEALTHY;
are LESS NUTRITIOUS;
Many of the genetically modified crops are
regulated as pesticides because they contain
pesticides in every cell. Other genetically modified
crops are sprayed with RoundUp®, an herbicide
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source: http://www.denverpost.com/cda/article/print/0,1674,36%257E33%257E1882107,00.html 12jan04