Requirements for Food Vendors
All disposable foodware/packaging (plates, to-go containers, utensils, cups, lids, straws, etc.) must be certified compostable with a label as shown in the image. Certified compostable means it is made 100% from plants. This is different than “biodegradable” products, which are often just diluted plastic with a small percentage of plant material in it (e.g., 97% plastic, 3% corn).
DO NOT USE EarthChoice products (see image with red line). These products are NOT certified compostable, even though they have a tree in the logo. They are clearly labeled with a plastic label #5 (polypropylene), so they are mostly plastic with maybe a small amount of corn in it. This is not in compliance with our requirements.
We recommend World Centric products — they have everything you need: cups, takeout boxes, plates, bento boxes, straws, etc. Their products are always 100% compostable and they donate 25% of profits to environmental causes.
Suppliers of Compostable Products
A convenient retail location for World Centric products is Containerland in Mapunapuna.
666 Mapunapuna St. (map)
Honolulu, HI 96819
This shop has a great variety of compostable items and you can purchase modest quantities (like 50 or 100 cups or plates at a time). This is the new location for Diamond Head Distributors which used to be in Kalihi. They carry styrofoam and other noncompostable products too, so be sure to look for the World Centric brand or the compostable label as shown above.
Here are some photos of a few of the products at Containerland that VegFest Oahu vendors may find especially useful (click images to enlarge):
You can also get World Centric products through the following distributors:
- Hansen Distributors in Pearl City (96-1282 Waihona Street, Pearl City, HI 96782 | (808) 456-3334)
- Malolo Beverages on Sand Island (120 Sand Island Access Rd, Honolulu, HI 96819 | (808) 845-4830)
- HFM Foodservice off of King St. near Middle St. (716 Umi Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819 | (808) 843-3200)
Triple F Distributing Oahu also has a line of compostable products you can ask for. Just be sure to ask for certified compostable products, not biodegradable. 98-735 Kuahao Pl, Pearl City, HI 96782 | (808) 842-9133
You should call the distributor ahead of time to make sure they have what you need.
If you have any questions or would like additional support in complying with our greening requirements and our goal to have a plastic-free event, please contact Doorae Shin from Kokua Hawaii Foundation who can offer advice to VegFest Oahu vendors. Email: email@example.com or Call/Text (808) 492-3954
Mahalo for being a part of VegFest and working with us as we strive to be holistic and minimize our environmental footprint!