(Note: I know we had at least one thread on this months ago, but of course the Dope Search function ain’t helping.)
Anyway, Seattle banned plastic cutlery and straws several months ago. What has replaced plastic in general disposable usage, as in the following scenario: I go to a corner deli, order a pastrami on rye (of course), a 1/4 lb of coleslaw (in NY, sides like this usually come in small plastic cups with lids), and a fountain drink (say lemonade) which usually comes in a coated paper cup with a plastic lid and a plastic straw. Now, in Seattle, what is replacing the plastic components in the above scenario.
Searching on-line brings up lots of high end restaurants and foodies talking past each other about all sorts of replacements, and various tales of why paper replacements are not working too well (as for straws), but no real-world info on what is expected to replace the low-cost plastic utensils. Is compostable (corn starch IIRC) cheap and durable enough for use in lower end and take out usage (deli, bodega, Chinese Take out, ice cream, fast food, and so on)?