Back when we were oblivious to environmental issues, we used to use styrofoam bowls and plates for picnics and camping. As we became more aware, we switched to paper products, still not fully understanding the processes involved in producing them. Now we have fully compostable, chlorine free dinnerware available. We've been using it for some time now and are very pleased. Ask your grocery store to carry these products:
New EarthShell® dinnerware combines organic materials like potatoes and corn starches with inorganic materials such as limestone, resulting in an exciting new material that is 100% biodegradable. Just like leaves and grass, EarthShell® dinnerware biodegrades and is recyclable through composting!