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Jenifer McLuskie says ...
Love the fiber idea -- however I can't do any meat composting because of rodents, so worry that meat tainted fiber board would have the same results???
10/04/2010 8:22:56 PM CDT
Terri says ...
As someone who cares very much about the environment and does all she can to recycle and conserve I would LOVE to see all food's packaged in as little as possible. The over wrapping is annoying ,as it is waste.
10/04/2010 8:31:27 PM CDT
Peggy says ...
I'd be thrilled to see all styrofoam containers become a thing of the past....Keep this great work going! Another comment on packaging.....could we get rid of the little plastic spout on the orange juice cartons? Everytime I open one (and my family buys it by the case!), I cringe to think of the unneccessary plastic waste on each carton. Couldn't the cartons just open the old-fashioned way like the kids' milk cartons at school?
09/19/2010 9:54:40 PM CDT
Troy S-N says ...
As a Whole Foods Team Member, I am proud that we are once again leading the way in finding ways to help eliminate petroleum-based packaging from our landfills. While the new trays are a bit odd-looking now, I have no doubt that in time we'll all get used to the appearance. And really, the long-term environmental benefits of such packaging are what is most important.
09/20/2010 8:28:08 AM CDT
Preston Hamren says ...
Hey there! I got your email and really enjoyed the article. I don't know what say in the product you have but something that would be nice to have is a product made here in the states to cut down on fuel emmissions from transporting across the ocean. We have plenty of grasslands and farm lands here. I use compostable cups for my sampling that we get from Solo Be Green. They also make plates. I'm sure they would be able to make the trays we use for meat and produce especially with there being such a high demand for them and the prospect of other companys using them too. I have been using them for all of my demos and they seem to hold up much better than what you discribed with the trays they are testing now. They don't compost as fast so that is a definite plus. Might be something to look into.
09/20/2010 2:02:33 PM CDT
Marie says ...
Why not just wrap them in plastic wrap and then display them on reusable washable trays? Butchers paper? For me, as long as I don't get all wet from the meat juices, I don't care how it comes home or what it looks like. So greener and maybe less attractive would never be an issue for me.
09/20/2010 4:35:15 PM CDT
Heather Gilmore says ...
Hi Tess (Olson), I just read your comment and I would be more than happy to talk to you about compostable items for your hospital. I am in Boston as well. We specialize in all things compostable- trays, plates, cutlery, bags, etc and can help the hospital with efforts for zero waste. Please feel free to reach out to me. Heather@ecomv.net. I look forward to hearing from you.
10/15/2010 12:10:56 PM CDT
joellen says ...
Finally!!!! This is something that has plagued me for a long time. more than changing packaging we should be outlawing the use and sale of these disposable styro containers. Glad to see WF has responded properly as usual.
10/06/2010 12:52:24 PM CDT
Diane Diller says ...
HOORAY! YOU GO, JIM!!! Diane GM at STF
09/21/2010 1:35:16 PM CDT
Lehoma Goode says ...
I celebrate your efforts to replace styrofoam trays and i will follow your progress with interest. Lehoma Goode
09/22/2010 12:54:26 PM CDT
Marsha Estefan says ...
I applaud your efforts and support them wholeheartedly. I am trying to move away from plastic packaging of ALL types opting for glass, paper and non-reactive metal containers whenever possible not only for the environment but mostly for health purposes. No one really knows the chemical impact plastics have on food products and subsequently our health. I know costs may be higher but I will gladly pay for the assurance that what I am consuming is not more polluted with chemicals unnecessarily. Keep up your efforts with my full and financial support!
09/22/2010 1:30:35 PM CDT
Don says ...
After seeing the trays at the store out here in Honolulu, HI, I'm convinced they are a great solution to the foam trays (which frequently broke and leaked on their ride out to Hawaii). 1. Ensuring that meats enclosed in trays is COMPLETELY defrosted or COMPLETELY frozen. This way, moisture won't seep out until they are either purchased or the stock is rotated out. 2. Drying meats before placing them in the trays. This helps with moisture and the ensuing breakdown of the fiber. 3. Using the recyclable plastic trays from other departments (deli, hot food, etc). Most people either reuse/recycle them OR give them to your local school's art department for use as paint trays. 4. Using a food grade wax to coat the interior of the tray. While this may increase costs, it will address the issue of the containers degrading quicker.
09/22/2010 1:41:41 PM CDT
B. Santos says ...
Thank you for trying to be in all levels green to the best of your abilities. It is what is necessary for today's environment. Last year I wrote an article on the recycling of styrofoam: http://ecoword.greenpress.com/uncategorized/recycle-styrofoam/ And got a comment about using a new alternative: containers made of sugarcane by a company called Ecogreenwares: http://www.ecogreenwares.com/ They specialize in biodegradable containers. Perhaps something you can look into or maybe strike up a deal and partnership. Looking forward to a giant company like yours to take a stand against non-biodegradable sources of packaging.
09/22/2010 1:53:38 PM CDT
Erin Sintros says ...
Thank you for informing your customers on your admirable efforts to move away from styrofoam packaging. I understand that it is a complicated multi-step process. I appreciate all that you are doing to be eco-friendly.
09/22/2010 2:04:44 PM CDT
tye block says ...
I am so happy to see this addressed. I never felt right about using those styrofoam trays.At the salad bar, I always ask for a brown recycled cardboard container from the prepared section instead of the plastic offered. Every little thing we can try to do can only help.Keep up with your good work.
09/22/2010 3:01:08 PM CDT
Organic Lover says ...
I came across some palm leaf plates/trays that are biodegradable. It looked nice and environment friendly. http://www.tradeindia.com/fp464920/Palm-Leaf-Plates.html -A "Trying to go Green" Family.
09/22/2010 4:09:48 PM CDT
mike says ...
What did people use before Styrofoam trays? Probably a butcher ... Why can't you go back to that?
09/22/2010 4:10:19 PM CDT
Kevin McGowan says ...
Keep working on alternative solutions for styrofoam trays! Necessity is the mother of invention - as more grocers seek and adopt biodegradable packing, the suppliers will develop a viable product to meet the demand.
09/22/2010 4:12:39 PM CDT
Joni says ...
I have thought a lot about these trays for along time (since I collected about 75 very large ones (food tray size - from Children's Hospital when my son was there for 27 days back in 1984!!) Over theyears, I have come to despise styrofoam and have sought my own alternatives, such as brining my own container when I eat out and know ther will be leftovers. Recently, I have wondered why no one has thought to use pressed cardboard such as the type used for egg cartons. If this material can protect eggs, why not meat and chicken? These trays could be lined with heavily waxed paper which, when heated, would stick to the pressed cardboard and then would make the tray waterproof, but wuld not impact the cold food. I am tryng to get someone to make a test tray for me. Joni Schockett copyright 2010
09/22/2010 4:59:23 PM CDT
rainy217 says ...
What about a heavy cardboard tray with some type of coating. What do they typically use? Wax or something on that idea so that the tray is more waterproof. Would something like that work?
10/07/2010 5:55:49 PM CDT
Betty Dryden says ...
There IS a product that would be great. It is a food tray made of bamboo with a liner. 100% organic and biodegradable.
09/22/2010 5:51:09 PM CDT
Kitty says ...
I like the idea that WFM is seeking more environmentally friendly packaging. However, I seldom buy anything "packaged." How about not passing on the costs of your experiment to those of us who already avoid "packaging"? I already take re-usable bags to my favorite WFM. Maybe I should also take my re-usable glass containers in and have them weighed before I hit the bulk aisles!
09/22/2010 9:13:49 PM CDT
Deborah says ...
I would definitely buy food this way instead of on Styrofoam! The appeal of buying something compostable refocuses my eye on the product not the packaging. PLEASE find a way to make this happen! We all need better options. And maybe we could then convince the schools to use an alternative to their Styrofoam trays too! Thank you for your efforts!
09/23/2010 9:00:42 AM CDT
Alexa Wilson says ...
Why din't we get rid of the trays alltogether. Here are some thoughts: Do we really need mushrooms on trays and plastic wrapped, right next to the same mushrooms that can be put in a reusable container? Can we have a program that actively encourages people to bring their own (reusable / second use) bags/containers for fruit, veggies, meat and bulk purchases. I mean in addition to those ridiculously overpriced netty things that are hidden away in the vegetable department as a gesture towards doing the right thing. Hauling something all the way from China to wrap our food is even crazier than hauling the food itself accros these distances.
09/23/2010 11:28:13 AM CDT
Lynn says ...
I live in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada. We used to have a butcher and he used butcher paper. He retired and now the little store is closed so I have to purchase meat at the bigger supermarkets. I really dislike styrofoam. I'd be happy to see the old way come back as far as packaging meat is concerned and I'd even be willing to take in my own reusable containers. I'm glad you are taking steps to make things better.
09/23/2010 9:13:05 PM CDT

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