I think I've mentioned before that I teach the nursery at church. Because the kids are between 18 months and 3 years of age, we have a snack every week. My eco-conscience dreads this. Disposable products for 15 kids every week? Even after this idea I'm about to share, I'm still leaning towards bringing in reusable products; my eco-conscience is that strong.
But a temporary solution was this:
Coffee filters as bowls. The coffee filter seen here is holding an orange and muffin just so you can get the idea.
Coffee Filters are really really thin: so you aren't using a lot of "product" each serving (compare to a paper plate or even napkin). You can compost them or recycle them. And if you get non-bleached ones, they earth is even happier! No dioxin in the manufacturing!
They are perfect for holding little crackers and snacks. And for you thrifty people: you can get a pack of 200 for a dollar or two. Not bad.
So if you also have to dish snacks out to a nursery or day care or class or party or your own kids, think about using coffee filters instead of full-blown paper plates.
Or reusable plates. Those work too.