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Anne says ...
I applaud your efforts, but, please do not import from China! Surely we have the technology right here in the US. We need the jobs here!
09/30/2010 1:13:54 PM CDT
Melanie Palmer says ...
I have noticed the change from styrofoam to bull rush fiber at the Bellaire Store, but did not understand the reasoning. I am thrilled to see the styrofoam replaced! I have no problem with the color of the new fiber trays. Is it possible to get farmers to produce this product or something similar in the USA? I just got some fish cooked in the store and packaged with the soaker pad and fiber tray. The soaker pad did soak up all the juice but the fiber tray got soaked also. I would have liked to have the juice. But, because I know you are experimenting with eco-friendly ideas, I say YES to whatever changes to decide upon.
09/30/2010 5:43:04 PM CDT
Sheila says ...
Have you thought about plain paper-type trays that have a coating to prevent leaking, instead of the more expensive version mentioned in this article? Just a thought. I'm certain that with all your top guys trying to find viable solutions, this may have already been visited.
09/30/2010 7:16:25 PM CDT
Sharon says ...
Glad you are trying to move away from styrofoam. Why not just get rid of the prepacking totally and let people get their meat fresh from the butcher/meat counter. Order -- wrap in brown paper -- eliminate the cost of trays entirely.
09/30/2010 10:19:05 PM CDT
Mary says ...
I detest styrofoam. I try to never buy anything packaged in it. I am really happy that you are making an effort to get rid of it. I am not that impressed with shipping something all the way from China or the plastic wrap involved in the packaging either. I really like getting meat wrapped in simple butcher paper.
10/01/2010 4:18:55 AM CDT
Jeff Jones says ...
Anything to get rid of the styrofoam [#6] trays! I "get" eye appeal issue. Folks will get used to it... and it's a simple, viable explanation. Signage will solve that, and small labels on packaging short term. I've been after all the stores I shop at for replacements. I'm printing this to show them what a committed, environmentally responsible company can do. Well done. Keep up the good work!
10/01/2010 5:28:21 AM CDT
Steph says ...
YES!!! Go for it! But... China sourcing? :-( Can you please look someplace else? Such as in our backyard... Anyway, great idea! Keep them coming!
10/01/2010 10:16:41 AM CDT
Emily Celano says ...
I think it's wonderful that Whole Foods is moving toward compostable trays. In the article, the different appearance is mentioned several times as a limiting factor. For someone who cares about the environment, appearances don't matter as much as people tend to think and can be overcome with a sticker or some sort of label indicating that the fiberboard is recyclable. I would happily buy this product over the alternative, as would many other eco-conscious consumers, as this product lessens the environmental impact, which is the ultimate end goal.
10/01/2010 8:33:51 PM CDT
June Bancroft says ...
I am delighted to find out that your are researching ways to use a more environmentally friendly substitute for the styrofoam trays. I notice that a lot of your packaging is able to be recycled and I heartily approve. Keep up the good work.
10/04/2010 1:07:48 PM CDT
Nofoam says ...
Please stop using styrofoam! Why are trays even needed? Get rid of all trays. It's just uneeded extra packaging, a lot of which will go to landfills. I'm on board with Alexa and p. I hope Whole Foods will stop selling mushrooms in the plastic shrink-wrapped styrofoam containers. Just have them out bulk, with paper bags (100% post consumer recycled if possible) for people to put their mushrooms in. Mushroom growers say anyway that mushrooms should never be wrapped up airtight in plastic and foam. They say they should be kept in a breathable container like a paper bag. So not only would this be better for the environment, it's also better for the mushrooms.
10/04/2010 3:29:24 PM CDT
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
Lenny says ...
Jim - Everyone who has to bear the burden of the incineration or landfill process for the sytrofoam packs will benefit from this project as well.
10/05/2010 3:43:54 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
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
maria says ...
Fabulous great and essential. I will ONLY BUY products that do not sit on toxic styrofoam which we know kills the planet. EVERYONE should know this by now and follow your example of being responsible. THe prices may go down if everyone does this! Great job keep it up!
10/11/2010 9:06:17 AM 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
Christos The supplement Guy says ...
If everybody had these environmental concerns like you guys I believe we would eat better and cleaner foods and we would stop poisoning ourselves with what the big companies serve us for food .keep up the good job.
10/26/2010 4:29:57 PM CDT
Miriam says ...
I just wanted to post a quick comment on what Marsha Estefan wrote: I am trying to move away from plastic packaging of ALL types opting for glass, paper and non-reactive metal containers whenever possible... Just wanted to bring to your attention that all metals are reactive, becuase they are metals. They react differently with different foods, namely alkaline and acidic foods, but ALL of them are reactive. If metals dont react to food, then it is not a metal, that is just one of their properties.
11/30/2010 10:30:49 PM CST
Martina says ...
I am so very excited that you all are even looking into an alternative to styrofoam trays. These first steps are what leads to big changes. Thank you!
12/30/2010 8:53:00 PM CST
Sarah E. Kline says ...
Where do you purchase microwaveable safe pot pie tins for frozen pies that are safe to eat from? Can you let me know. I am producing a product and want to use the right packaging that is safe for the environment and also can be in the oven, freezer adn microwave. Thank you, Sarah
01/04/2011 11:30:34 AM CST
Barbara Sherman says ...
I have some questions about rush fiber trays. I understand that people want to find alternatives to Styrofoam, but purchasing non styrofoam trays alone is not the answer. If your customers throw them into their recycling bins, will their town recycle them? Probably not, because they don't have the resources to compost them. If thrown in the trash, what good is spending more money to make, purchase these trays? Can you compost these trays yourself? If so, how long does it take and are there instructions available?
01/04/2011 9:12:53 PM CST
ACR says ...
Why is is necessary to have food pre-wrapped on trays at all? Why not have it on ice behind the counter, and then when a customer wants it, you can put it on the tray - would have less worry about the tray breaking down, and customers (like myself) who don't buy things wrapped in plastic could skip the soak pad and have their tray wrapped in butcher paper.
03/30/2011 1:07:24 AM CDT
Lori says ...
Hi There, Great!! It's only our responsibility to keep our environment safe and clean. I used to work for years in a manufacturing facility for those Styrofoam trays. Now, for the past several years, I'm in manufacturing Eco-Friendly Packaging containers as an alternative to Styrofoam IN THE USA. There are some issues however. The green trays are fairly more expensive yet, they are recyclable and microwavable. Many processing facilities are moving over to those trays and even bigger chain markets are already using these trays. Come on Whole Food! We are sure you will do it! Keep going! I will definitely follow this blog with interest. Any questions or comments email me at loripacking@gmail.com. What's your problem however, in terms of color? Those trays are done in white, clear and black and can be customized in custom colors and designs.
05/01/2011 2:58:29 PM CDT
Seth Scott says ...
Just as you did with plastic forks, you bring up cost as the major inhibition in using biodegradables. This is hypocritical because: your entire business model is built around paying more for things that are better!!! You encourage customers to pay double or even triple for organic food because it is better for them, but that philosophy stops at your corporate supply chain? So what if they cost double? What is that, ten cents each instead of five? You can't add a few cents to the cost of the meat to cover it? Not one customer would notice, especially since meat has no standard price. As an early adopter of new and sustainable materials, you must expect to pay a premium. The price will go down once widespread adoption takes place. You know this. Just do it!
05/25/2011 8:49:56 AM CDT

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