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Erika Shriner says ...
I wish that responsible companies would simply refuse to use irresponsible packaging. I simply don't buy anything packaged in polystyrene (Styrofoam) for a host of environmental reasons. Additionally styrene - a potential carcinogen - leaches into food when used as packaging. For decades paper was used to package meat and vegetable based waxes can be used to prevent leakage. Regardless just saying "No" to polystyrene is the only policy I think worth adopting.
06/07/2011 12:05:33 PM CDT
Bing Roenigk says ...
Fast forward, three years later...What are you doing now?
07/22/2013 6:32:16 PM CDT
Brenda Schultz says ...
When are NON-styrofoam meat packaging trays coming to the Whole Foods stores in Minnesota? They have been providing the NON-styrofoam trays in the Seattle, Washington area for years (where I used to live) and so there's no reason why they cannot do this in other regions of the USA. Styrofoam is toxic to the environment and my friends and family do NOT want to even purchase that type of stuff! If consumers know there's another option, and they refuse to buy that poison, then the change will happen immediately.
07/30/2013 10:51:43 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BING - I spoke with Jim and he stated that the fiber tray usage is dwindling due to the challenge factors in my original blog – high cost and less than adequate performance. If ever a third party certified compostable coating could be found the performance issue would be solved. However, a coating would add to the high cost dilemma. There has been growing interest in rPET trays and polypropylene trays. The rPET is recyclable in some markets. The polypro trays can be recycled in some markets and in the Gimme 5 bin in participating regions. Both rPET and polypro are better plastics than Styrofoam.
07/30/2013 6:50:45 PM CDT
Paula Vandermeer says ...
I can see replacing all produce packaging. Thanks for explaining the issues involved in going to a fiber tray. This is why I love Whole Foods. Good luck... I hope you continue your research on a replacement for Styrofoam. As a member of my town's recycling committee, I am trying to get Market Basket to stop using it for packaging produce. You are an excellent example of a business trying to do the right thing. Thanks. Paula
01/23/2014 9:35:37 AM CST
hank says ...
Thank you very much for your efforts. I've noticed with the black styrofoam trays that small flecks of the tray end up all over the meat. I imagine the same thing happens with white trays and is less noticeable. It can't be good to be eating this stuff cooked in our food. Thank you!
12/02/2014 2:35:54 PM CST
terry murphy says ...
Are the compostable ' bullrush ' rectangular take-out containers with a separate lid available any more ? These are more environmentally friendly than the waxed containers for the salad / hot bars. Can they be re-ordered ? Please advise.
01/01/2015 9:37:20 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@TERRY - Our containers are purchased at the store level. Check with store leadership to see what containers they are currently ordering.
01/02/2015 11:03:10 AM CST
Jack says ...
Have you considered using a Polypropylene plate or a mixture of Polypropylene with a composite material? MVP Plastics is working in the same direction as yourselves to solve this problem
02/12/2015 4:22:37 PM CST