Microsoft has been thinking green for some time now. We've been trying to practice energy conservation through ways such as using Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles on campus, promoting mass transit flex passes, and bike to work, and showers for folks when they get here.
But it looks like Monday, we went to compostable cups, bowls, plates, and silverware. The cutlery is made from a blend of corn and potato starch, and is 100% biodegradable. The bowls and plates are made from Bagasse products which are derived from sugar cane fiber. The cups are made from paper with a water proof lining that is made from corn starch, a renewable resource.
It's not perfect, but it's workable. Awkward, but workable. I've been trying them out, and they're not bad, but you got to be careful as the cups soften and the cutlery will warp if left in hot liquids or foods. The cups will definitely soften if left sitting for sometime with liquids in it. My cup leaked yesterday, but I'm told it was condensation. I know it was my tea leaking out of the bottom of my paper cup.
I don't believe in the global warming hysteria, but I do believe in environmental conservation, regardless of how much natural resources we do have. I'm glad to see my Microsoft go green with compostable cups, bowls, plates, and cutlery. Even if my tea leaks out of my cup every now and then.