Food & Wine
July 31, 2006

SUGARCANE Plates, bowls and cups made of sugarcane pulp are sturdier than most paper ones (from and

CORN Made from cornstarch and enzymes, corn-based knives, forks and spoons can break down within two months in a compost (

POTATO Molded out of potato starch, these sleek smooth-handled utensils biodegrade within 180 days ($3 for 50 spoons, knives or forks;

BAMBOO Bambu's salad servers and trays are handmade from organic bamboo, one of the world's fastest-growing plants ($8 for servers, from $7 for trays;

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