Biodegradable Place Settings

We wrote about disposable dinnerware from awhile back that was made from 100% Bagasse, a fibrous pulp left over after processing sugarcane. Similar to these "party plates without problems" are these place settings found at Gaiam. What do the two have in common? They can both be tossed in the compost pile. These place settings are made from switchgrass, which is a high-yield perennial grass that is native to North America. They are then covered in cornstarch to provide strength, even when wet, and durability. The set is dishwasher safe so they can be re-used over and over and the cutlery is heat tolerant up to 158 degrees Fahrenheit. A set of 12 plates, cups and cutlery is $15.99. ::Gaiam