Party supplies made from potatoes

Last week we had our ribbon cutting ceremony for thinkspace. My wife and I were talking about what kinds of food to provide to our guests and how should we handle the waste at the end of the party. We wanted to make sure that since we’re having a party we should try to green it up as much as possible. She found these awesome forks — called Spudware. The forks are biodegradable and compostable. They are made from 80% potatoes and 20% soy. They are amazingly sturdy and are stronger than some of the plastic forks I’ve used in the past. One really cool fact about these forks is that they are not one time use! They actually are dishwasher safe as they can handle high heat. The manufacturer says that have a shelf life of 5 years. This is a nice alternative to plastic disposable forks and perfect for those office party events.

Sustainable Red

I’ve been busy with so many things lately and I’ve even decided to take a little time off.  I was at Whole Foods Market in Redmond today and was browsing the wine isle looking for a new wine to buy.  One that caught my eye was “Sustainable Red 2005” a Parducci Family Farmed Winery.  They are touting that their wine comes from the first carbon neutral winery in the United States.

Their story is that they run their winery on both solar and wind power.  They also have to purchase carbon credits and offsets to achieve carbon neutrality.  Approximately half of their 400 acre vineyard is organic with the remaining 50% being converted to organic.

The big deal is how does this wine taste?  I just opened up the bottle and am having a glass while I blog this article.  The bottle says to enjoy this wine with a pizza, so I’m doing just that.  To me, it has a berry smell and has a light fruity flavor.  Now — the shock is the price.  At $9.99 it’s a super value.  I’m happy to see that the cost of this wine is not over-priced just because it’s “green”.  I’d love to hear from the Parducci family on how much money they are saving on their operating expenses since they are using solar and wind power.  That has got to help keep their costs down and deliver a product at a great price.