Most of us have heard the term “zero waste” by now, but some may wonder what it actually means. Zero waste means living in such a way that you create (almost) no trash. According to Edward Humes, author of Garbology, … Continue reading →
April 19, 2012
by Peggy Comments Off on Best Containers for Reuse
We’ve posted a lot on the downside of plastic disposables, how they contribute to the glut of plastic waste in our waterways, oceans and landfills, how they harm wildlife, and how they can leach chemicals which may pose a health … Continue reading →
A top pick was the submission by Crystal Dreisbach for reusable take-out containers. Although some food vendors will gladly accept a customer’s own container, others worry they cannot be in control of how sanitary that container actually is. If the customer gets sick, they’re naturally afraid that their food will catch the blame. Vendor-managed reusable take-out containers seem a common sense solution.
In fact, several U.S. college campuses have already adopted reusable “to-go” containers at their dining facilities. For a deposit of a few dollars, a student gets a container for food take-away. When the student returns, he turns in the used container for washing and takes a fresh one. Not only is the amount of waste from single-use disposables eliminated, but this idea has hastened the extinction of styrofoam on campuses across the country.
Here’s an interesting two-minute news story on University of Southern Florida’s effortless transition, which in its first year has prevented a quarter of a million polystyrene containers going into landfills or incinerators, and saved USF thousands of dollars:
Watch Video: Channel 8 - Tampa Bay Online: Looking at USF's no styrofoam policy
I’d prefer USF make an even more sustainable choice by using versatile, non-toxic and truly recyclable glass or steel for their containers; but a reusable container is still a big improvement over a single-use one.
The food industry too often relies on single-use, disposable items to store, transport or serve food. A start-up in Mill Valley, Good News Reuse, wants to fix that. They describe themselves as designers of “sustainable solutions to replace single-use disposables … Continue reading →