With Earth Day almost upon us, it got me thinking how foodservice packaging can be earth-friendly. Here’s what I came up with:
· Using foodservice packaging helps operators conserve water, since no dishwashing is required. If you live in California, you know this is especially important. Given that Governor Brown recently issued an Executive Order mandating water reductions statewide, perhaps California restauranteurs and others should consider using foodservice packaging if they aren’t already.
· According to the Earth Day Network, energy use is the #1 cause of greenhouse gas emissions. Tied to the first bullet, using foodservice packaging reduces an operator’s energy usage as dishwashing is not needed.
· Paper, plastic and aluminum foodservice packaging can be recycled, helping to support the growing demand for recycled content in a variety of products – including foodservice packaging. Technological advances mean that more recycled content can be added to foodservice packaging, lessening the need for virgin materials while still meeting strict performance standards set by foodservice operators.
· Paper and some plastic foodservice packaging is a benefit in the composting stream, as composters need both “green stuff” like food scraps that are high in nitrogen and “brown stuff” like packaging that is high in carbon. Using compostable foodservice packaging can provide both the “green” and “brown” materials composters need to produce their end product – compost (by the way, the use of compost has all kinds of additional benefits for the earth like reducing the need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides; promoting higher yields of agricultural crops; and reducing the amount of material sent to landfills, thereby reducing methane emissions.
So, carry that single-use cup or container with pride tomorrow. Yes, you really are helping Mother Earth.
Posted By Lynn M. Dyer (President) | 4/21/2015 11:07:39 AM