The Benefits Of Eco-Friendly Food Service Disposables

What We Owe Each Other

As human beings we have a group responsibility to care for our shared environment. Whether that means picking up litter in your neighborhood, taking the bus instead of driving, or simply trying to use less water, every little bit helps.

While we all have an individual responsibility to our environment, to affect real change, we must begin to Go Green on an industrial level.

One simple, immediate, affordable, and effective change is to use eco-friendly food service disposables (FSDs) and ditch the plastic products that clog up landfills and choke the environment. This one change would significantly reduce the amount of waste created by:

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Hospitals
  • Food Trucks
  • Cafeterias
  • Offices & Breakrooms

Together these industries create billions of tons of garbage every year, all destined for the landfill. But what can we do? After all, people need to eat.

What We Mean by “Eco-Friendly”

“Eco-Friendly” is a useful umbrella term that covers several different kinds of FSDs. An eco-friendly food service disposable will be at least one of the following:

  • Made of Post-Consumer Recycled Content
  • Recyclable
  • Compostable

If an item is made of “post-consumer recycled content,” that means it’s comprised of materials that have already been used for another purpose and would otherwise be on their way to a landfill. Products made with post-consumer recycled content are an easy way to extend the life of finite resources.

You’re probably most familiar with recycled materials. Aluminum cans are a terrific example of something that is easily recycled.

When we hear “compost,” we might start to think of making fertilizer or mulch, but compostable has a more specific meaning. Compostable materials are certified to break down into non-toxic components that are safe for the environment.

Benefits of Biodegradable

You may know that biodegradable products are better for our environment, but you may not know why. “Biodegradable” simply means that something is capable of naturally decomposing. Biodegradable products reduce your business’s carbon footprint by not clogging up landfills.

Toxic chemicals seeping into water supplies and food chains isn’t a concern when you rely on compostable materials. Unlike plastic and Styrofoam, biodegradable products break down quickly and don’t leach potentially harmful chemicals into your food.

The environment isn’t the only one who benefits when you choose eco-friendly FSDs. Reducing the amount of waste your business produces can help cut your waste disposal costs. And with FSDs, cleanup is a cinch! After all, the D stands for Disposable.

More Eco-Friendly Office Tips

Now that you’ve made the switch to eco-friendly food service disposables, use these helpful hints to continue your office’s journey towards becoming an environmentally-friendly company.

Conserve electricity by turning off lights or installing motion sensors so lights automatically turn off when not in use.

Do you live near some of your coworkers? Organize a carpool to cut down on fuel emissions AND save money on gas!

Consider donating electronics after you upgrade your equipment. Community centers, public libraries, and after-school programs are often looking for gently used computers.

Be sure to recycle ink and toner cartridges.

Eco-Friendly and Biodegradable FSD Recommendations

Biodegradable and eco-friendly products are easier to source than ever before. Bare Eco-Forward paper cups are made from post-consumer fiber and paper material originally destined for the landfill, built to stand up to your favorite hot beverages.

A single-use product still needs to be strong enough to do the job; a high-quality food tray needs to be able to hold food, plates, cutlery, even beverages. Made of 100% renewable and reclaimed sugar cane, every Regalia Renewable and Compostable food tray meets international standards for compostable materials.

Corn-based plastics replace traditional plastics which are derived from petroleum, without sacrificing strength or durability. This Deli Container boasts a massive 46-ounce interior volume and reinforced ribbed sides for added stability, and yet is completely compostable at a commercial facility.

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