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High Tech Plates, Cups, and Flatware for Today’s Stadiums

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Author: Steve Davies
Director – Public Affairs, NatureWorks



Virtual reality gaming, smart watches, tablets, and smart phones, for example, are all recognizably high tech products. But compostable plates, cups, and flatware high tech? Most people would say, “Not so much.”

Actually, a lot of engineering and material science goes into making compostable food serviceware consumer friendly, functional, and, most importantly for stadium use, industrially compostable. Over 300 people from Europe, Asia, and North America will meet in Orlando, Florida, at the international Innovation Takes Root global users’ forum March 30-April 1 to discuss the latest developments with Ingeo – the plastic made from plants, not oil. Ingeo is used as a moisture proof barrier for paper cups, as injection molded cutlery and “thermo-formed”, high clarity, clear cups, lids, plates, bowls, and packaging. These Ingeo serviceware products are 3rd party certified compostable, and enable stadiums to divert food waste and paper and plastic products away from landfills. Without extensive engineering to produce these naturally advanced materials, and without the expertise to transform the raw plastic pellets into products, these items simply would not be on the market. And technical capabilities and successes are exactly what attendees will be talking about during a conference technology sessions entitled The Food Serviceware World Series.


Jase Miller of the Minnesota Twins and Wendell Simonson of Eco Products will describe the waste diversion success story at Target Field. Eilidh Brunton from Vegware will also speak about waste diversion success stories in the UK. Phil Van Trump from MHG, Danny Mishek from Selfeco, Dr. Chinnawat Srirojpinyo from Thailand’s PTT MCC Biochem, and Shilpa Manjure from Nature-Tec will discuss their companies most recent work to enhance the performance of bioplastic food serviceware in terms of injection molding, coatings, and new composite materials. Justin Zeulner, Chief Operation Officer of the Green Sports Alliance, will explain how partnership between manufacturers, brands, and consumers is essential to the success of waste diversion programs. Tech-based food serviceware is a key focus of the Innovation Takes Rood conference.

Compostable bioplastic cups can’t post a photo of you at a game, but high tech food serviceware make the sports stadium a ‘greener’ and a more sustainable community asset.

Learn more about Innovation Takes Root.

Forty Niners Stadium Management Company To Receive Prestigious Environmental Award

Acterra’s Business Environmental Awards is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s oldest and most prestigious environmental recognition programs. Initiated in 1990, it is considered a champion among awards programs due to its broad geographic scope and rigorous judging process. The recipients of this year’s awards:

Acterra Award for Sustainability:

Bon Appétit Management Company

SCS Global Services

New Resource Bank

Environmental Innovation Category:

Building Robotics — Makers of Comfy

Environmental Project Category:

Stanford University

City of Hayward Water Pollution Control Facility

Sustainable Built Environment Category:

Forty Niners Stadium Management Company

Huettig & Schromm, Sharp Development Company

Arkin Tilt Architects

The 2016 awardees will be honored at the Business Environmental Awards Reception on May 26th at Intuit in Mountain View. For more information about the awards, visit www.acterra.org/bea.

Learn more here.

University Of Oregon’s 2015 ‘Civil War’ Game Achieves A Collegiate Football First With Gold Certification

It’s confirmed—the 2015 ‘Civil War’ football game hosted by the University of Oregon Athletic Department has earned Gold. With the achievement, it becomes the first collegiate football game ever to earn certification from the Council, and lends evidence to the case for the applicability of the version 4.2 RESPONSIBLE SPORT STANDARDS to a broad range of event types.


The NCAA Division I contest hosted biennially at Autzen Stadium in Eugene attracted a sellout crowd of more than 55,000 guests in the Oregon Ducks’ 52-42 win over the Oregon State University Beavers last November. The game has long been deemed the ‘Civil War’ by Oregonians because the rival schools are the two largest public Universities in the state of Oregon.

As Council for Responsible Sport blog readers may know, events seeking certification must earn credit in each of the five categories set forth in the standards: planning and communications, procurement, access and equity, resource management and community legacy. The UO met the requirements for 49 of the 61 total best practices across those categories to earn the gold level designation.

“This is an incredible honor for our Athletic Department and the campus community as a whole,” said Director of Athletics Rob Mullens. “Thanks to our Athletics staff and the tremendous work and organization by Natalie Colvin and her team of fellow students from the Lundquist College of Business, along with our partners Sanipac and Daimler, we were able to execute this important ‘first’ in college athletics.”

The effort was collaborative—graduate students from the UO Lundquist College of Business helped document many of the initiatives that led to certification. The City of Eugene also provided support through its sustainable sports initiative, building upon years of partnership developing responsible sport resources with both UO Athletics and TrackTown USA for elite track and field events across the river at Historic Hayward Field, including the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in 2012 (Gold), the IAAF World Junior Championships (2014-Gold), the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships (2015-Silver), and the USATF Outdoor Championships (2015-Silver).

Read the full article here.

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