EcoLogic Foodservice Solutions, a Toledo, Ohio-based manufacturer of bio-based foodservice products, announced the upcoming launch of its comprehensive line of compostable plant-based plates, cups, flatware, and to-go containers set for Earth Day on April 22, 2011.

EcoLogic is among the first companies offering affordable, cost-effective alternatives for single-use biodegradable foodservice serveware and containers designed exclusively for restaurant operators, foodservice distributors, and janitorial supply firms. It has generated a significant amount of interest by focusing on three main reasons to go green—less carbon footprint, less cost, and less plastic waste. 

EcoLogic partnered with DowCargill’s Natureworks to market its products under the Ingeo brand name. The company’s line includes high-heat tolerant flatware made entirely from renewable plant starches; certified compostable, single-use hot and cold beverage cups made with Ingeo biopolymer; and plates and to-go containers made from 100 percent natural plant fibers. Future items will include numerous biodegradable containers for pre-packaged fruits, vegetables, and take-away meals. 

“Our foodservice customers are demanding reasonably priced sustainable alternatives to petroleum-based, single-use plastic and styrofoam products,” says Lawrence Ohlman III, director of operations at EcoLogic.

“According to R&I’s recent Taste of America study, 86.6 percent of end users valued the importance of using biodegradable flatware, cups, and take-out containers in their purchasing decisions,” Ohlman says. “Until now, the cost of switching to many of the green products on the market has been prohibitive, but public demand is driving change. Our company is committed to developing affordable and sustainable foodservice solutions which will enable our customers to offer greener choices with little added cost.” 

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