How To Serve A Holiday Meal Using Biobased Products

Dec. 11, 2017

OBIC is launching a Sustainable Substitute campaign focused on biobased alternatives to household products you use every day. A biobased product is the application of plant-derived resources as an alternative to non-renewable matter.

Within the campaign, OBIC will showcase biobased products available to consumers in local stores. These items could include anything from household cleaners to office supplies and much more. Each month OBIC will release an educational article that gives in-depth information about bioproducts and answers common bioproduct-related questions.

Our first Sustainable Substitute is a something you probably use multiple of in a single day, especially when gathering around the dinner table. The holidays are a time where families come together to show appreciation and give thanks for all that they have. So, if you’re looking to serve family and friends this holiday season using biobased products, Dixie has multiple sustainable solutions.

But how do you know which products are biobased? The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a BioPreffered® program that labels biobased products derived from plants, marine, and forestry material. The USDA Certified Biobased Product label shows a verified amount of renewable biobased ingredients within the product. Before labeling, products meet a minimum biobased content set by USDA and go through a federally regulated list of steps.

One of the USDA Certified Biobased products that Dixie offers is the Dixie Ultra Heavy Weight Paper Plates. These plates are 100% certified biobased content. Many of Dixie Ultra® Heavy Weight Paper Plates are made from a renewable wood fiber and can be processed in commercial composting facilities. This wood fiber has given Dixie® plates their strength for more than 50 years. The plates were awarded the strongest paper plates on the market.

Biobased products provide the same benefits as conventional products and are cost-comparative. It's important to choose a biobased product because they increase the use of renewable agricultural resources replacing petroleum-based products.

Use #BiobasedLifestyle to follow the campaign and to show us what biobased products you’re using to create a more sustainable future.


Sustainable Substitute is a series centered around providing education about sustainable products for every day use. This article was written by Kaitlyn Evans, OBIC Student Assistant and Sophomore at The Ohio State University.