by Kayla Holman
We've grown accustomed to taking beverages with us on the go and packing up leftover food in to-go food jars. To say the least, fast food packaging has spoiled us a bit. Though this type of packaging is convenient to use, it's also taken a toll on the earth. Learn how to-go food jars packaging is going green.
Greening Fast Food Packaging: A Roadmap to Best Practices beautifully describes sustainability as "a new corporate imperative," that's true, an imperative that needs to be addressed immediately. And Dogwood Alliance started us out on the right foot when they released their own packaging report, a "stepwise guide for improvement in the fast food industry," as they put it, in an effort to encourage and prepare all packagers for a greener world.
Fast food packaging has left an impression on the earth, and it's not a good one. The Dogwood Alliance guide aims to target the fast food business owners who are ready to rid their shelves of packaging that harms the earth (like paperboard products that contribute to deforestation) in exchange for more earth-friendly options like glass food jars.
The first section of the multi-tiered report consists of pointers about choosing packaging options such as food jars, cups and cartons for green fast food newbies. Though most fast food packaging is paper-based (contributing to deforestation which often results in air and water quality issues), here are some highlights plastic and glass users should be aware of as well.
Food jars are getting smaller. What do you do when you're trying to conserve the last of the peanut butter in food jars? You use less peanut butter each time you go to make a sandwich. The same concept can be connected to the use of more eco-friendly food jars and other packaging. Green containers today are formed using less plastic, glass and paperboard. Using less material in packaging is a huge leap toward sustainability.
Use recycled materials for food jars. You're taught when you're young that recycling materials is good. Condensing trash for the purpose of using it again instead of just replacing it with new material is an ingenious idea; we just need to follow through with it. Imagine using recycled glass or PCR (Post-Consumer Resin) for fast food jars instead of single-use disposable fast food containers. Embrace the green food jars over foam convenience.
No matter the efforts you go through, replacing past packaging with eco-friendly food jars or not, you won't make a big difference unless you share your desire for sustainability with your customers. Let prospective consumers know about your green goals and offer them suggestions as to how they can live better and greener lifestyles. A label or container decoration is a great way to communicate this message to buyers. Check out CPS Design for more details on labels and screen printing.
The pressure to run a sustainable company may seem intimidating, but now you see that it doesn't need to be so scary. Change out old food jars with new food jars (glass and PCR food jars from CPS to be specific!) and start encouraging your customers to recycle both your product packaging and those of other businesses as well. Once that's done, you'll be well on your way to running a green business!
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