With biodegradable take-out containers cheaper than ever, now is a great time for restaurants and food truck vendors to do away with Styrofoam food containers and paper and to adopt greener alternatives. While in the past few years molded pulp containers do cost more than the traditional Styrofoam containers, new technologies and the ban on Styrofoam in many cities have caused restaurants, food truck vendors and Cafés to replace it with renewable alternatives.
Millennial consumers and majority of people around the world will like to spend few more cents to replace Styrofoam containers with molded pulp containers. Some restaurants with small orders will pay few more cents to replace Styrofoam containers depending on volume requirements. That’s all it would cost to help curb the use and disposal of Styrofoam, a product that takes a minimum of 20 generations (500 years) to biodegrade, was made using a nonrenewable resource (petroleum), and could potentially be ingested by animals when it inevitably breaks into small pieces. Doctors claim it is dangerous to humans.
“Millennials are pushing companies to make a positive impact on the world because they believe global problems are too big for individuals to solve,” said Suzanne Shelton, president and CEO of The Shelton Group, a marketing and research firm focused on energy and the environment. “Millennials will reward corporations that take action and address problems for them.”
“Companies now have the opportunity to help Millennials do what they think they can’t do for themselves,” Shelton added. “It truly is reverse crowdsourcing.”
The report found that most Millennials aren’t particularly concerned about certain sustainable habits. Asked, “Which, if any, of the following habits would you be embarrassed about if people found you had or didn’t have them?”
- 41 percent said tossing trash out the car window
- 39 percent said wasting food
- 28 percent said wasting water
- 25 percent said not recycling things
Millennials’ concerns about the environment play a major part in their purchasing decisions. Asked, “How much impact, if any, does the following have on your decision to purchase its products?” 70 percent of Millennials selected a company’s environmental practices.
The survey found 76 percent of Millennials say they are “somewhat to extremely concerned about the impact climate change will have on their quality of life during their lifetimes.” And 82 percent say they’re worried about the impact of climate change on their children’s quality of life.
Styrofoam Bans are Sweeping Across the country. Something amazing is happening around the country: cities and town are starting to ban Styrofoam.
Throwaway polystyrene coffee cups, soup bowls, plates, and trays have gotten the boot. So have those foamy clamshell-style cartons fast food comes in. Here’s a list of cities that have completely or partially banned Styrofoam, click here for more information….