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Biobased packaging

Marin County and its Civic Center cafe catering provider Ray's Catering switched their plastic take-out containers, plates, and cups to ones made from corn (PLA) and sugar cane fiber (bagasse). County staff worked to develop a strategy for offsetting the additional costs and negotiated a deal with Ray’s Catering.

  • Emissions impact: 50-70% reduction in the total fossil energy used, 70% reduction in associated greenhouse gas
  • Financial impact: the switch bit into profit margin, but received interest from new clients willing to pay a small premium to green their events