The growing trend of sustainable food packaging pairs perfectly with today’s growing to-go menus.
With the rise of takeaway meals in clubs and resorts across the country, eco-friendly packaging provides a greener approach to disposable containers. The demand for biodegradable items in the food industry has soared over the past several decades and continues to rise, especially now.
Everything from condiment containers to main-course serving bowls aims to cut down on single-use plastics and harmful materials like styrofoam. Here are the three most popular options for eco-friendly packaging.
Compostable and Biodegradable
Plant-based containers, typically made from corn starch, vegetable oils, or mineral-based products, skip the traditional plastic or paper containers that we’ve come to know. Compostable and biodegradable products often include utensils, clamshell to-go boxes, plates, bowls, and drinking cups.
While these products may be more expensive, they reflect the club’s dedication to lowering its carbon footprint. This choice also allows members to lower waste in their homes or when grabbing a meal for the green.
It’s important to note, however, that compostable containers break down best when sent to a compost facility, as opposed to tossing it in the traditional trash. Biodegradable packaging can break down in the trash, but some can leave behind toxic compounds.
Depending on your area’s recycling requirements, both number 1 and number 5 plastics are common containers for cold or hot to-go foods respectively. While these products have been around for some time for takeaway—and even though they are recyclable—many restaurants are going a step further by opting for a compostable or reusable alternative.
In some unique cases, washable containers can be sold or given to members for reuse, though it is important to ensure proper sanitation between orders.
If reusable bowls and containers are not an option, multi-use bags also provide an excellent choice to pair with other eco-friendly packaging to avoid single-use plastic or paper products.
From the snack bar on the green to takeaway dinners, clubs can demonstrate their efforts to be a greener facility through this simple switch. Since each material handles heated foods differently, it is important to find the container that fits the diversity on your club’s to-go menu.