Saying Farewell to Foam
We continue to be amazed by (and very proud of) the creative solutions Norwex Movement members have come up with in order to live a little more sustainably. For example in response to our recent blog, “Businesses Are Saying No to Foam Packaging,” several of you wrote in to share how you are saying “farewell” to foam single-use food and drink containers.
“I take my reusable mugs everywhere from Starbucks. I also have asked our local butcher shop to stop using foam to package his meats and now he has switched to wrapping them with paper.”
“I bring my ‘all day cup’ with me to the gas station. I fill it with pop and the cashier charges me for a refill instead of a fill. This saves me .50 with each fill up. WIN, WIN, WIN.”
“When I go out to restaurants I take 7 things with me every time – a set of flatware, 2 stainless steel straws, a couple of silicone collapsible food containers, 3 small silicone condiment containers. a stainless steel or glass drink container, and a cloth carry out bag and my EnviroCloths. I refuse any single use packaging.”
“Never use foam packaging! Take your own reusable/washable containers to restaurants. Sounds weird but soon everyone will be doing it!”
“This has been a difficult area for me, since most take-out restaurants in our area still use foam packaging. When possible, if we are at a restaurant I ask for a reusable coffee mug rather than a take-out (as long as we are staying there). I’d love to get better about carrying my own travel mug with me!”
“How I avoid styrofoam.
- Styrofoam Packaging – I avoid styrofoam packaging by not purchasing from companies that use it. Unfortunately this is learned after my purchase has arrived. To compensate for it, I collect all packaging materials and return them to my local shipping store where they state they will reuse them. That is my hope.
- Styrofoam To-Go Coffee Cups – As for restaurants, I ALWAYS take a reusable travel mug for hot and cold drinks. I’ve even used mine to take left overs home in. Why not? It’s a container of a different shape and size, that’s all. If I don’t have my mug, I DON’T order a drink. It’s that simple. Punishing myself this way reminds me to carry my mug, saves me $$, saves me guilt and helps me to opt-out of being part of a much bigger problem. I will live without a cup of coffee.
- Styrofoam To-Go Containers – Regarding take out food, I try to purchase only what I eat. If I know the restaurant offers biodegradable containers, I may opt to use them. But in my mind, taking a plastic that is recyclable is just being “less bad” and “less bad” still makes a person part of the problem. Instead, opt-out by ordering what you will eat, eat all your left overs and skip dessert or your next snack, or bring your own glass container to get your food home.
- CARRY WITH YOU your straw, cup, a to-go container, silverware in your car in a nap sack.”