"Green Chili Cook-Off"

By KBJR News 1

September 23, 2010 Updated Sep 23, 2010 at 8:05 AM CDT

Posted by Jeff Edmondson

The annual United Way Chili cook off has come and gone and several thousand little tasting cups were served.

In these weeks "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes a look at how the United Way made the annual event a green one.

Just a week ago several Netherlanders got their taste buds ready to choose the best tasting chili at the annual Chili cook off competition.
Participants were served their samples in little paper cups.

"We had to search for a tasting cup that could hold hot food. It isn't just like a Dixie cup that you would drink out of. It had to be able to hold hot food so you wouldn't burn your hands," said Anita Gille with the United Way.

Years ago the United Way used a Styrofoam product for tasting, and to this day those items are still sitting in the landfill.
Today's choice of paper cups allows them to decompose in just a few months.

"The cups and the spoons are both biodegradable material that has been recycled from other materials," said Tairie Lind Sulliin with the United Way.

With more than 2–thousand people attend the cook–off you're talking about a lot of cups.

"We have 28,000 eco friendly cups and we have over 8,000 eco–friendly spoons," said Sulliin.

The spoons are made of a rice product which can decompose as quickly as the cups. In Duluth, Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, the Northlands Newscenter.

Organizers of the United Way Chili Cook–off fundraiser say the majority of the materials they used were purchased from Northland suppliers.