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Michele says ...
I am so happy to read about this pursuit. Thank you WHole Foods!
09/29/2010 7:11:28 PM CDT
Elizabeth MacArthur says ...
Very interesting. It would be great to end the life of Styrofoam for the packaging purposes it's now used for. However, I have a concern with the containers yu provide at your salad and hot foods bars, the material of which is not known to me but truly adhorred as a carrier for any food I intend to eat at a later time. It is the same material used for old-time egg cartons before those gottr spiffed up in more attractive containers that preserve flavor and freshness so much better. The containers you provide just are not sanitary let along attractive or appetite appealing. Evgen plain lastic would be more suitable and acceptable to me, and I'm sure I'm not alone, from comments I hear as I troll the otherwise wonderful "bars" in Whole Foods. these things are truly horrible and unsuitable for food.
09/29/2010 7:31:37 PM CDT
Emily says ...
Hi there, we have a lot of coops in Minneapolis/St Paul, and I have seen lots of different kinds of packaging, including plastic--clear on the front, black on the back. Hot dogs can be found like this. What's to prevent this sort of packaging? It has the visual appeal of the styrofoam, eliminates both cling wrap and trays, and can be made with recyclable plastics. Just a thought.
09/29/2010 7:58:25 PM CDT
Janelle Jakubowski says ...
Greetings Applause to you for your efforts. I do everthing I can,including doing summersaults to avoid non-recyclable packaging with anything I buy. Can't wait to see the results of your effort.
09/29/2010 8:35:30 PM CDT
Chris says ...
Hey Whole Foods, This is a great article. I appreciate the transparency and the discussion of pros and cons and realities. In response to the comment right before mine (From Mary), I would imagine that if WF is shipping by ship, the emissions of transporting product from China may even be less than driving product by truck around the US. Also - a fair living wage to workers in China is still going to be lower than a fair living wage in the US. I would agree that the color may not be such a big deal. People have gotten used to the salad containers, even though to me they still look a little too close to compost! (But I still use them!) Again - great article, good luck in the hunt, and keep up this kind of interesting writing. Cheers, Chris
09/29/2010 8:37:53 PM CDT
Janelle Jakubowski says ...
I just read peanut butter's comments and I agree. I would be willing to pay more if necessary. But why not eliminate the prepaking altogether. I remember shopping for my mother many times and the meats, cheese, etc. were not wrappped until you placed your order and then in the white waxed butcher paper. Sometimes the old way is really better.?
09/29/2010 8:39:28 PM CDT
Mita says ...
I think the oil used to ship the stuff overseas offsets any real advantage they have over going with something less expensive here, such as a food-grade, thick, wax-covered paper product. Certainly there is a manufacturer in the U.S. (oh the green and desperately needed jobs that could be had right here in the good old U.S.A.!) that could design something spectacular made out of recycled paper or biodegradable corn starch packaging.
09/29/2010 9:19:27 PM CDT
Irene Leslie says ...
I commend you for making the effort to get rid of styrofome. I'm sure that the fiber trays will be improved as time goes by. I'll take a look at them next time I'm in one of your stores and then give you an more in depth opinion.
09/29/2010 9:20:27 PM CDT
Norm Strong says ...
About compostable food trays....even if I must pay a bit more than for same item in a styrofoam tray. by all means do compostable. But, surely folks, it must be possible to grow the raw material in the US!!! I hope that you will bring American farmers, big and small, into the process.
09/29/2010 9:56:49 PM CDT
Arlene says ...
Best news I've heard all week! But isn't there an alternative to be made in the US?? Too much garbage from China and we need the work!! And then there is the carbon foot print. Come on, China? Really.
09/29/2010 10:13:25 PM CDT
jdm mcmichael says ...
Eliminate trays altogether, we don't need them. Instead, wrap all meats in butcher paper after the meats are selected from a refrigerated display case. This is how it was done before styrofoam. BTW, get rid of plastics altogether, we don't need them and they are, as you surely must know, harmful. WFM has the clout to force food producers to put (for example) yogurt either in glass containers or waxed cardboard containers. This is how it was done before plastics came on the scene. Plastics are poison when made, used and recycled, we don't need them in our environment, period. RE : laundry detergent. There is no need for liquid laundry detergent; powdered form packed in cardboard boxes is just as good if not better. Again this is how it was done until someone started advertising and selling liquid laundry detergent in plastic bottles. Imagine the zillions of plastic containers produced each year for laundry detergent that are either recycled or sitting in landfills. Recycling plastic would not be necessary if it wasn't manufactured in the first place. Get rid of plastics , Whole Foods, get rid of them altogether, be the leader in this movement. ( I have noticed your recent introduction of the WFM brand powdered laundry detergent, bravo, but, obviously, the next step is to simply stop selling liquid laundry detergent altogether. Ditto water, juice, tea, milk, etc. in plastic bottles. Use glass. It may cost consumers a few pennies more, but maybe not: economies of scale, and, ultimately better health, thus saving $$$.
09/29/2010 11:34:45 PM CDT
Bonnie says ...
The way our great great grandparents did it, is the best way. People go to Whole Foods because of the earth "saving" way your store is set up. NONE of us care how pretty the black Styrofoam is. We choose to spend twice as much for the products in your store because we beleive in it! Shipping in trays from another country doesnt help the US at all.. jobs, fuel, etc... Wrap it in plastic, put a "this is how we save our earth" sticker on it.. think.. black and gold.. And pass on the savings to your loyal customers :D You can always line your shelves in beautiful Lettuce leaves, and place your plastic wrapped juicy beautiful meats on it, and call it a day!
09/30/2010 12:25:46 AM CDT
Beth says ...
Effort and intent is all that matters. My family supports all you do and all you try to do. Good luck and we hope you lead us into an even greener and safer future!
09/30/2010 7:19:49 AM CDT
laurel perry says ...
I support your efforts to eliminate Styrofoam trays! Can't wait for other stores to catch on. Nothing worse then coffee in styrofoam too! Whole foods is the best & we are so fortunate to have such a company in existence. Your influence is priceless!!
09/30/2010 7:35:31 AM CDT
Tess says ...
I would overlook a lesser appearance of the tray if it could be composted! In my mind that would actually make it a better product. I also wouldn't mind paying a bit more for the compostable tray. I work for a large healthcare company and we have had similar problems switching to styrofoam. If anyone actually reads this, could you please let me know the name of the company you use for these trays. We are trying to start a composting program at one of the large hospitals in Boston and something like this could really help out. Thank you, Tess Olson
09/30/2010 7:47:37 AM CDT
Reza says ...
Why not test it with your customers. Display the meat wrapped with both styrofoam and the fiber with the price difference and an explaination to the differnce in price.
09/30/2010 7:54:20 AM CDT
olen says ...
I understand an organic compostable tray is the best option, but in the meantime, are recyclable plastic trays not a better option than Styrofoam? Just curious.
09/30/2010 9:11:59 AM CDT
Robin S. says ...
I commend you for your efforts so much so that I will patronize your store even more than I do now, and encourage my family and friends to do the same SIMPLY because you are trying. I personally stopped buying food that was packaged on styrofoam trays a long time ago, and instead ask for meat in the meat depart to be wrapped in brown paper. I've always been a fan of waxed paper - I have no idea if that would help in terms of the material that could sit between the food product and the proposed tray. Thank you for trying.
09/30/2010 9:48:58 AM CDT
Maggie Marlowe says ...
Wow...I have been thinking about this subject for a few weeks now and bam...here it is. I am buying almost all my meat now from a full service meat counter now to reduce the crappy and earth unfriendly packaging but was wondering why not wax coated card board? I sure hope that this eandevor works out because it sounds like a win win situation that would also make me, for one, happy about eco friendly changes. Peace!
09/30/2010 10:07:30 AM CDT
theJilly says ...
My Whole Foods uses paper to wrap the meat and I much prefer that to meat in a prepackaged tray. It seems much fresher to me that way, and it's less packaging. I'd prefer to see more of this and fewer trays at all. However, if you have to use trays, I think you're onto something good. This sort of research and attention to details is what I LOVE about your company! Keep it up.
09/30/2010 10:30:17 AM CDT
Mary K says ...
I fully support the fiber trays instead of the Styrofoam ones. I like the natural look of them and the fact they can be recycled. Keep up the good work. I like Whole Foods because of their desire to keep going green. QUESTION: When I visit your hot bar, I use the fiber container. After the inside gets wet, can you still recycle it? If so, I suggest you post better sign by your garbage and/or recycle container because a lot of people still throw their used fiber container from the hot bar into the GARBAGE even though it's not very dirty inside. Let me know. Thanks. Mary
09/30/2010 10:58:33 AM CDT
stellarwonder says ...
I think that is great!! The less chemical that are introduced into our food the better.I think you are just exploring a great change.We wish you the best,keep looking out for your us!! Who cares about looks if we understand why it looks that way. Thanks, stellarwonder
09/30/2010 11:05:23 AM CDT
James Lynch says ...
Hi, Great article. I have an idea. How about using "green trays" like when people use green bags. Then can bring their cleaned reusable trays back to the store where the butcher takes their order and packs the meat using the "green tray." Sincerely yours James Lynch
09/30/2010 11:20:45 AM CDT
Evelyn Born Shanley says ...
I have been a Whole Foods customer for more than 20 years. Styrofoam trays are far too main stream for me. Whole Foods meat and fish departments display their goods in a very appetizing manner and the people behind the counter are helpful and friendly.It takes less than 5 minutes to select the product and have it wrapped. Why do we need trays at all?
09/30/2010 12:32:29 PM CDT
Eddie Larson says ...
Good idea. I,m and board.
09/30/2010 12:50:36 PM CDT

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