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Biodegradable, recyclable, or compostable shot glass

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Many of us use single-use 1-oz plastic shot glasses for tastings. Particularly if you want clear ones, these are usually made out of polystyrene, which in general is not recyclable in most communities and will not decompose easily and when it does can release phenolics as environmental contaminant. Hence, it is desirable to find alternative 1-oz shot glasses that are either recyclable, biodegradable, or compostable. We have not yet found any, the closest we have come are 1-oz food sample cups, which have a wide, folded brim for stiffness and attachment of a lid. These are compostable, made of corn PLA. They are not suitable for disposal in land fills, nor recyclable. Has anyone found any other solutions? We have found larger (3 oz) cups that are not transparent that are recyclable, but these are too large. It seems there is a clear market for such, but none available?

Yes, in the tasting room an alternative would be to use glass shots and clean them, but we are finding participating in many events these days that require us to bring tasting cups, and that they be one of the above.

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Would love to hear some solutions as well. Especially after watching a Nexflix doc on recycling plastic last night!

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We'll be using glasses (Glencairn) and a glass washer in our tasting room. 

We will source a cheap branded shot glass for event use that the taster can keep - charged off to marketing. 

At some point we have to be part of the solution and not the problem.

This simple act of positive corporate responsibility should pay for itself in the long run.

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