Over 2.5 billion Styrofoam cups each year in the USA. Did you ever think where the Styrofoam products go after you throw them away? Did you know that many cities are outlawing their use in the food service industry? In reality the convenient Styrofoam cups and containers are going to landfills. The Styrofoam containers do not compost for as much as 100 years. They are convenient, but not good for our environment.
Recycling Styrofoam products is extremely expensive and many recycling plants do not accept it. Styrofoam cannot be recycled to make new Styrofoam products. It can only be used to make other products such as packing filler.
Now nature friendly products are becoming available in the food service industry. The main material used today for disposable tableware is bagasse. After the juices are extracted, the Bagasse is the by-product fibers from the sugarcane. The fast growing sugarcane is a renewable source. Products created from bagasse are biodegradable. This means that the tableware products will compost or decay in a relative short time and are good for the planet. Biodegradable tableware products includes plates, food storage containers, soup and salad bowls, trays, hot and cold cups, and food containers.
We need a change. How? Next time you receive a Styrofoam cup from your favorite restaurant, ask them if it is a biodegradable product. If not, then ask why not? Going Green is everyone's responsibility. Maybe if enough customers start the initiative of questioning their use of Styrofoam, the restaurant will at least be able to offer their customers an environmentally safe alternative. Sometimes YOU need to help in making the change.