Compostable Containers Gain Popularity with Restaurants
January 12, 2021
The hospitality industry is a huge contributor of waste, from food waste to the disposable containers used to transport takeout and leftover meals. Eyes have been on restaurant owners to step up to the challenge of social responsibility and find sustainable alternatives. Now, with so many compostable options available, we’re seeing business owners in the industry finally make that shift toward sustainability by opting for compostable takeout containers instead of the traditional styrofoam.
Because there are a lot of biodegradable alternatives available, including biodegradable plastics, there is some misconception about the difference between a compostable container and a biodegradable container. In essence, there is some confusion as to what a compostable product really is.
All compostable items are biodegradable, but not all biodegradable items are compostable. In short, compostable simply means that the product will break down readily in a composting system and that it does not contain any harmful compounds that will reduce the integrity of the compost. Bio-plastics are biodegradable but not compostable because they take a much shorter time to break down in landfills, but they still contain chemicals that are unsafe if they seep back into the ground. Compostable containers can safely be used in soil and, in fact, this is the ideal way to recycle these containers.
A styrofoam container, on the other hand, will take hundreds of years to break down and it contains chemicals that are harmful to the earth and to the ecosystems in which it is left to decompose. Because of this, we believe the use of these containers should be avoided entirely. Each compostable container produced is one less styrofoam container that will poison the environment in a landfill or ocean.
Compostable containers are also made from organic waste products, like biomass, that would otherwise be burned or discarded in landfills and on farmlands, so it’s a win-win. Most compostable products are actually produced from agricultural waste by-products like wheat straw, so by opting for compostable containers, you are not only saving a styrofoam container from being produced and discarded, you are putting discarded organic materials to good use as well.
There are an abundance of options available for compostable containers. If you opt to make the switch to compostable, you aren’t simple limited to clamshell containers. We also have compostable alternatives for bowls and plates, hot and cold food containers, takeout sleeves, boats, and pails, and paper bags. We can even provide you with custom made compostable containers if you have a design that is unique to your establishment. Just let us know how we can help you make the switch.
If you are a restaurant owner, we highly recommend hopping on the trend and exploring the potential for compostable containers in your establishment. We are happy to source containers that meet your price point, quantity, and delivery needs, so please talk to our team about making the switch today. You can get it touch with us by calling 844-7-DELUXE or emailing your logo and packaging requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org.