Strada, a local cafe on the edge of the university campus, has switched from paper and conventional plastic cups to a corn-based bio-polymer ware manufactured by NatureWorks LLC. The company describes its approach and products as follows:
Imagine a polymer used to make everything from packaging and consumer goods to fibers for apparel and furnishings, derived from renewable resources instead of oil. Polymer that offers more disposal options and is more environmentally friendly to manufacture than traditional petroleum based plastics. Derived from 100% annually renewable resources such as corn, our product, NatureWorks® polymer, is the world’s first polymer showing a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.Even the straws are made from corn!