It just isnt feasible most times in a large library to atempt to use “real” plates, cups, utensils, etc. instead of the disposable type products. An greener option would be to to find more eco-friendly, biodegradable products. Check out the Food Service Warehouse (a Colorado company started by a group of avid environmentalists who created a certification program aimed at helping commercial kitchens cope with the costs and complexities of going green). They offer shopping options for buying a variety of products but check out their array of cutlery, napkins, plates, bowls, etc that are biodegradable, made of corn, sugarcane, potatoes and other renewable vegetable matter. You can read more about the biodegradable disposables, and/or read more about the advantages and disadvantages of bioplastics. If you decide to switch over to these types of products, let your staff and students know what they are using is biodegradable – most people are excited about the idea of being more green. Also, if you happen to be in need of a new commercial kitchen – renovating your school cafeteria for example – enter their drawing for Green Commercial Kitchen Giveaway, you never know, you might win!