Compostable products are cool. You know what’s cooler? Reusable stuff.
Before you read this Buying Guide, make sure you read our Compostable Products main page for information to help you decide whether compostable products are right for you.
Or read CSWD’s Purchasing Guidelines for Compostable Food-Related Products (PDF).
Deciding to use compostable products is great, but it’s also the easy part. The MUCH harder part is making sure that your compostable products don’t just end up in the landfill. And trust us, they will—unless you are willing to spend the extra effort. How can you make sure that people put the compostable products in the right place?
Green Mountain Compost recommends the following brands, specifically because they produce 100% compostable products and provide clear labeling and distinctions on their websites. The symbol (♣) indicates that they sell ONLY products that are certified compostable.
World Centric (♣)
We recommend the brands above because they:
These local retailers have all been notified of our requirements for compostable products. Please note that these retailers may also carry products that are NOT accepted at Green Mountain Compost. Feel free to make a suggestion for additions or corrections to this list.
|Company Name||Location & phone|
|City Market Coop||Burlington; 802-861-9700|
|Gardener’s Supply Co.||Burlington, Williston; 1-888-833-1412|
|Healthy Living Market||South Burlington, 802-863-2569|
|Natural Provisions||Williston; 802-876-1400|
|Staples||Burlington, Williston; 1-800-333-3330|
|Sweet Clover Market||Essex Junction; 802-872-8288|
Many other brands produce products that are BPI certified and/or clearly labeled as compostable and therefore are accepted for composting at Green Mountain Compost. If we are not recommending those brands here it is likely because they do NOT meet the specific criteria listed above.
At Green Mountain Compost, our minimum requirement for compostability is that the product is either:
Many specific food-service products meet our minimum requirements for acceptability. However, because of the amount of misinformation and misleading labeling around compostable products, it can be difficult to determine exactly what a product is made of, or what you can do with it.
We acknowledge that this is a quickly changing field. If you feel that a brand has been erroneously included in OR omitted from this list, please contact the CSWD Business Outreach Coordinator at [email protected] or 802-872-8100 x237 with documented support of how the brand meets—or doesn’t meet—the above criteria.