Party product business promotes ‘green’ vision |

Party product business promotes ‘green’ vision

The more people who purchase biodegradable cups, plates and cutlery from local business Green Party Products, the cheaper prices the business owners can offer.

“It’s that simple,” said Mike Hoxsie, 44, who owns the new business with his wife, Christine, 40.

The couple has operated the business out of their home full time for the past couple months and could open their own storefront locally within the next two months.

As people think of green beyond being a color and more a way of leaving a smaller carbon footprint, the Hoxsies are counting on what they expect to be more than the latest trend.

“A lot of people associated green with people wearing dreadlocks and vegetarians,” said Mike Hoxsie. “Now there’s a demand (for green products) and prices are going down.”

“I want to make it affordable,” Hoxsie said.

For Hoxsie, that means the larger numbers of green products – cups made of corn starch or sugar cane byproduct or cutlery made of potato starch he purchases – the lower the prices he receives.

“It’s expensive to go out and pay for it on your own,” Hoxsie said.

Hoxsie is pounding the pavement locally to garner interest, going into local cafes, bakeries, delis and businesses.

Broad Street Bistro in Nevada City recently signed up for biodegradable cups from Green Party Products.

“I think we all have to start taking care of the planet we live in,” said Theresa Vojtech, the coffee shop’s owner. As a business owner, Vojtech said, she had been looking to get rid of her paper, petroleum-based cups and plastic cups for a while.

The price is coming down, Vojtech said. But it’s still marginally higher to purchase corn starch or sugar byproduct based cups, she added.

If businesses have to raise costs because they’re using the more expensive green products, then most businesses probably could explain it to customers and many would appreciate what they are trying to achieve, Hoxsie said.

So far, Broad Street Bistro had not raised its prices, but Vojtech was keeping that option open in the future.

“I may have to revisit that down the line,” Vojtech said.

Broad Street Bistro’s new cups is one small step in the Hoxsies’ larger vision.

“Maybe we’ll be the first green town,” Hoxsie said.


To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail or call 477-4234.

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