New Products

Introducing ZeroWare™, the World's First Reusable & Compostable Dishware

We are excited to introduce ZeroWare™, our new line of reusable dishware that is also certified compostable. ZeroWare™ is dishwasher safe and can be reused at least 100 times, at which point it can be composted in an industrial facility.

Made from corn starch and talc, ZeroWare™ is not only a zero waste product, but it is also the sustainable and safe alternative to dishware made from melamine resin, often used in kitchen utensils, plates and bowls. Melamine resin is made from cyanuramide and formaldehyde, and it cannot be recycled. Research studies in the U.S., China and Taiwan have documented melamine leaching from dishware into food, and animal studies have linked melamine to kidney failure and cancer.

With ZeroWare™, we seek to offer a truly zero waste solution that is healthy for both humans and for the planet.

For more information, speak to your Account Manager or order online!



Oval Plant Fiber Plates

Made from unbleached wheat straw fiber, an annually renewable resource. Wheat straw is the remaining plant material after the wheat grain and chaff have been extracted. These compostable plates are:

  • suitable for both hot and cold items
  • microwave and freezer safe
  • soak proof
  • have no plastic or wax lining
  • BPI certified compostable and meet ASTM D-6400 standard for compostability
  • sturdy, and strong
  • gluten-free (made from the wheat stalk, not the grain)
For more information, speak to your Account Manager or order online!

Non-Profit Partner

“We are an all-volunteer (no paid staff) organization with little overhead. Most of our projects have been small scale and there has been acceptance in the Seattle community that we are doing good work and money is going directly towards helping the poor.”
- Shimoga Srinath

In 1977, a group of friends banded together to help the less fortunate in India. Rather than giving direct charity, they wanted to encourage and nurture self-sufficiency. The following year this idea became concrete in the form of People for Progress in India (PPI).

Based out of Seattle, Washington, this all-volunteer run, non-profit organization strives to promote sustainable growth among underprivileged communities. PPI funds and engages with numerous grass-roots organizations in India to execute innovative projects, from sustainable farming and vocational training to mentoring high risk children and providing micro-finance loans.

Shimoga Srinath has been involved with PPI since its inception. Below he shares with us more about the project and how we can all get involved.

Looking back at the 35 years PPI has been in existence, what do you see as one of the greatest accomplishments?
I would say our accomplishments are that we have been able to provide help the poor in all parts of India on a wide variety of projects; vocational training, tree plantation, tank de-siltation, afforestation (creating new forests), rain water harvesting, rehabilitation of women exiting sex trade, tribal orphanage support, sustainable farming, biosand water filters, etc.  We are an all-volunteer (no paid staff) organization with little overhead. Most of our projects have been small scale and there has been acceptance in the Seattle community that we are doing good work and money is going directly towards helping the poor.

As you said, PPI projects cover a wide range of interest areas. What is one project that you are personally excited to watch grow?
While we have been happy with the success of most of our projects, I feel that the Biosand Water Filters Project, providing pure drinking water for villagers, stands out more than others. Biosand Filters are easy-to-maintain systems ideal for village use. The filters remove 98% of bacteria, 100% of viruses, 99% protozoa, amoebas and worms, 95% minerals and 93% of arsenic. This project was started in 2009 in Tamil Nadu, then expanded to two projects in Karnataka and one in Rajasthan. This year we approved a project to provide the steel molds (required to make the concrete filters) to many other states in India. We are partnering with Friendly Water for the World and South Asia Pure Water Initiative on this new project.

What are the most significant challenges and rewards in your role as Treasurer?
Treasurer’s role is fairly straight forward. As donations come in I deposit them in the bank and send receipts to the donors, send funds to projects approved by the member group at monthly meetings, and file registration papers and taxes annually. It gives me personal satisfaction in being able to, in a small way, run the organization. I do make site visits when I go to India and that is an added bonus to see the good work being done by the local NGOs there.

What can our staff and customers do to support PPI?
They can donate to PPI, propose worthwhile projects to support in India, make site visits on ongoing PPI projects, attend monthly meetings and get involved in running the organization if they are located in the Seattle area.


Introducing Customer Stories

To achieve our vision of a just and sustainable world, we provide zero waste solutions to reduce environmental impact. We're passionate about collaborating with businesses and organizations to pioneer innovative approaches to environmental challenges. By partnering with our customers, we hope to inspire others to shift their behavior around consumption and waste.

We want to celebrate and grow these partnerships. Our Customer Stories are case studies looking at the issues revolving around different aspects of the foodservice industry and how we’re tackling those issues and how it can relate to your operation! Our initial publications cover dining services at University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Destination Races’ Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon. View them on our website!

Has World Centric helped your organization improve its operations? Your achievements are our successes! To be featured in a case study, please contact our marketing department.


Employees in Action

At the end of September the Petaluma office closed early on a Friday and the team headed out to spend the afternoon on a farm. Volunteer days allow us to connect with our non-profit partners and learn more about the programs we fund. WHOA Farm (Work Horse Organic Agriculture), located outside Santa Rosa, CA, was founded in 2010 by Wendy Mardigian and Eddie Gelsman. The farm grows "The Best Food Money Can't Buy", all of which is donated to organizations in Sonoma County serving families under the poverty line who do not have access to fresh organic produce. In September 2014, WHOA hit its daily donation record and in a single day harvested, packaged, and delivered over one ton - 2,100 pounds - of fresh food to local charities!

World Centric recently funded WHOA’s purchase of a pedal-powered grain thresher and mill. With this new machinery they’ll be able to add freshly milled whole grain flour and polenta to their free food deliveries. During our volunteer day, employees were able to operate the thresher and participate in the wheat processing. It is truly rewarding to see the impact of our donations. Learn more about WHOA on their website! | 101 H Street, Suite M, Petaluma, CA 94952 | P: (707) 241-9190 | F: (866) 850-9732