December 8, 2012
by Peggy
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Water, Water, Every Where

Why do we buy water?  Most of the time it’s just because we desperately need a drink, right now. It used to be we could quickly quench our thirst at a public fountain. (According to Wikianswers, the first drinking fountain … Continue reading

An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Reusable Take-Out Containers

December 16, 2011 by Peggy | Comments Off on An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Reusable Take-Out Containers

screen shot reusable take out containerOnline news magazine site GOOD recently announced the three winners of their competition for an “everyday solution to an extraordinary problem.”

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:

Channel 8 - Tampa Bay Online:  Looking at USF's no styrofoam policy

Watch Video: Channel 8 - Tampa Bay Online: Looking at USF's no styrofoam policy

Watch this at Tampa Bay Online

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.