In late January, the Berkeley City Council passed a new ordinance that’s become known as one of the most ambitious municipal environmental regulations enacted so far in the country. Learn more about the Disposable-Free Dining Ordinance and how the new law will be rolled out over the coming months.
Helping to eliminate waste with reusable stainless-steel straws
Backlot Coffee switched from plastic straws to paper and stainless steel straws, and created a slew of new sustainable packaging merchandising opportunities.
As of April 2020, plastic straws, stirrers, and cotton buds (Q-tips) will officially be banned in the United Kingdom.
Environmentalists are one step closer to banning plastic straws as California state legislators officially sign a partial straw ban into law.
Here in the U.S., straw bans seem revolutionary, daring restaurants and cafés to refrain from handing out hundreds of single-use plastic straws every day. However, Portland and Seattle can’t hold a candle compared to San Pedro La Laguna’s blanket ban of all single-use plastics.
Coffee shops hand out an estimated 250 billion paper cups every year, which go straight to landfills. Even the cups that say they’re recyclable on the packaging are misleading, because the infrastructure to recycle them is very expensive and doesn’t exist in many municipalities.
From mason jar meals to mug lending, a surge of new takeaway programs prove zero-waste to-go is possible.
Backed by industry bigwigs, including McDonald’s and Starbucks, the NextGen Cup Challenge encouraged innovators from all over the world to submit their unique solutions to the paper cup problem we all face.
If the obvious environmental benefits of making the switch to sustainable packaging aren’t enough to convince you to replace your storeroom’s foam and plastic with paper and other plant-based products, consider this: It can also be good for business.