Judge Products by Their Package
Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. ban the use of of polystyrene containers. These are containers you’d typically see piled high in restaurants and food outlets. They’re toxic and ecologically damaging.
On July 1, 2015, New York City joined the initiative to replace plastic containers with fibrous containers. This policy mandates restaurants, food trucks, carts, and packing industries to find substitutes that are both cost-effective and eco-friendly. In fact, the policy goes so far as to say it is illegal to produce and sell Styrofoam products. A recent study analyzed New York City’s Sanitation Department and found 28,500 tons of polystyrene waste were filling landfills each year. Much of that waste was from unused containers. That number could be lower and should be lower.
Small Businesses are Listening
Fiber packaging is not a new concept. The notion to replace plastic with fiber recently came to fruition in the packaging industry. Fiber packages are made from molded newspapers or newsprint that are crafted to be pulped and sealed.
BeGreen Packaging is one example of a fibrous container that’s come to replace the traditional ‘to-go’ or ‘doggie bag’ found in restaurants as a carryout option. Fibrous packaging is a non-petroleum resource, biodegradable and requires no bleaching.
BPA, the most well-known and monstrous chemical release during the production of plastic, is not found in fibrous packaging. BPA is a well-known carcinogen and is said to supersede cancer cell growth. BeGreen Packaging is leading the industry in eco-friendly packaging. They hold themselves accountable with a reasonable social commitment to a Code of Conduct.
Think inside, outside, and about the box
So what’s a small change you can make? If you’re in the restaurant biz, look to eco-friendly packaging. Create smaller portion sizes to reduce the demand for to-go containers. Inquire about BeGreen’s packaging options, request a sample and join a group of individuals who look to tailor your needs to your brand and message.
Most importantly, look to companies that hold eco-social commitments to generate lasting relationships with nature and sustainability.