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Barry Thomas says ...
No doubt the Whole Foods green plastic containers for delifoods is recyclable, however there is a good chance that this pastic will end up in the Pacific Trash Vortex or the one in the Atlantic as well. I hope Whole Foods will stop using these containers. Every little bit helps.
01/28/2013 3:50:39 PM CST
C.L. Vogt says ...
I would like to bring my own container for the Whole Foods salad bar. I do not like the brown boxes w/lids. They dry out everything in the Hot Bar & Salad Bar. So disappointing. Would like to bring my own if allowed. Appreciate a reply.
07/15/2014 2:08:11 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@C.L. - It will differ between the health code laws in your city if you are allowed to bring in your own container. Reach out to your local store to see if you can bring in your own container. If so, they will be happy to add the tare weight of the container next time you come in so you aren't charged for the weight of the container.
07/15/2014 3:25:50 PM CDT
Tre Heptig says ...
The best way to minimize waste is to buy fresh ingredients from the produce section (no packaging!) and make the gazpacho yourself. The ready-made stuff is certainly convenient and delicious, but it will always come with packaging. We, as consumers, can best protect the environment by minimizing our dependence on convenience foods. It's not fair to put the burden on Whole Foods. We are the ones who create a demand for pre-packaged foods. I am glad that Whole Foods continues to look for ways to reduce the environmental impact of the products they sell. Ideally, the shoppers would also strive for waste reduction in their own lives.
11/11/2014 10:56:24 AM CST
christina says ...
it's been 6 1/2 years since this was posted. Has there been a change? Are still turning a blind eye to this problem. We need to stop using plastic!!! Find a way for the sake of our children's children. Can we please start packaging items in a way that does not hurt our environment and our bodies. Food is not supposed to cause harm.
11/25/2014 4:24:39 AM CST
Jennifer says ...
re your comment about the "You may have noticed that in the salad bar we changed from the folding boxes to a light brown box with a lid. These are made from a grass or a sugar cane by-product, depending on supply. Either way, they are tree-free and compostable." I think this means we can NOT put into the Recycle Bin but must find a Compost Bin...something I think most of us DO NOT HAVE...........I feel this needs to be addressed.Safeway has a recycle for plastics outside their stores (Menlo Park anyway) and it is always packed...I would recycle these containers back at the store....Jenny
12/04/2014 1:31:10 PM CST
Nancy Goodstein says ...
While I love the WF produce department for its variety and focus on local and organic foods, I am very saddened to see so many leafy green vegetables and even mushrooms now sold in hard plastic containers. The greens do not need containers at all, or at least the pre-washed sold in thin bags that are more easily re-used and use less plastic seem preferable. Instead the trend seems to be more and more to the hard plastic. What is going on? Why are some mushrooms just sold in a little bit of cardboard and others in plastic boxes. I understand these products from your suppliers but isn't WF big enough to say, LESS PLASTIC PLEASE, OR WE WILL BUY FROM SOMEONE ELSE!
05/02/2015 9:44:30 AM CDT