Monday, April 21, 2008

U.S. Theme Parks Get into Biodegradable Organic Ware

"Dishes to ashes, cups to dust.

SeaWorld Orlando and other Busch Entertainment Corp. parks are converting their food-service containers and tableware supplies to versions made from materials that are both farm-raised organic — such as corn and bamboo — and biodegradable. That means everything from spoons to pizza boxes will come from the soil and quickly return to it after they have been used.

Virginia Busch, who leads the Busch Entertainment Corp. and Busch family conservation efforts, insists the change is largely a reflection of the company's long-standing commitment to conservation causes, which she says goes back several generations. But the great-great-granddaughter of the founder of Busch Entertainment's corporate parent, Anheuser-Busch Cos., acknowledges that these days there is a big marketing edge for the company that can establish itself as the greenest theme-park company in town."

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