A number of factors are fueling the demand for eco-friendly packaging and accelerating the sustainability timelines of many food processors, packaging distributors, grocery stores, and supermarkets:
- Polystyrene (Styrofoam) is essentially non-recyclable and takes at least 500 years to decompose.
- The packaging industry is responsible for 40 percent of plastic pollution and represents one-third of all trash.
- Polystyrene foam bans have passed in more than 200 cities and communities in the U.S.
- Millennials purposefully seek out products with recyclable packaging. Millennials are fast becoming the largest working population and the largest living adult population.
- Currently, food trays are a primary culprit for grocery stores and processors as they are made of polystyrene. Such companies may ultimately be mandated to convert to a recyclable solution through government bans or encouraged to make the change by consumer demand.
- Moving to a 100% recyclable food tray allows companies to be among the first to market, to underscore their commitment to the environment, and increase brand loyalty.
All of the Clearly Clean trays are marked by the number 1 recycling symbol that signifies the most recyclable plastic.
Lifecycle of Recyclable Plastic
Which Cities Have Banned Plastic Foam?
For years the food packaging industry has been looking for a sustainable packaging alternative to Styrofoam. The answer is here…Clearly Clean trays are all made from PET which is 100% recyclable.
Washington, DC has joined the ranks of cities that have banned plastic foam products (commonly called Styrofoam). On July 14, 2014, DC lawmakers passed the second and final round of a bill called “Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2014,” which includes a ban on the product in restaurants and businesses.
Currently, all bans have appeared on a citywide or countywide level. Some of the cities and counties listed on the map below have complete bans on Styrofoam and other polystyrene foam, which includes all places of business and public facilities. Others have enacted partial bans, regarding foam use in public facilities.
Cities Considering Ban:
Honolulu, Chicago, Boston, Northampton, MA and Philadelphia, PA
Cities and Counties that have Officially Banned Plastic Foam (either partially or completely):
District of Columbia
CALIFORNIA – Alameda, Albany City, Aliso Viejo, Belmont, Berkeley, Burlingame, Calabasas, Capitola, Carmel, Carpenteria, Dana Point, Del Ray Oaks, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Fairfax, Foster City, Fremont, Half Moon Bay, Hayward, Hercules, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods, Livermore, Los Altos Hills, Los Angeles County, Los Gatos, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Marin County, Marina, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Mill Vallet, Monterey City, Monterey County, Morgan Hill, Newport Beach, Novato, Oakland, Orange, Orange County, Pacific Grove, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Pittsburg, Pleasenton, Portola Valley, Redwood City, Richmond, Riverbank, Salinas, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Clemente, San Francisco, San Jose, San Juan Capistrano, San Leandro, San Mateo City, San Mateo County, San Rafael, Santa Clara City, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz City, Santa Cruz County, Santa Monica, Sausalito, Scotts Valley, Seaside, South San Francisco, Sonoma County, Sunnyvale, Ventura County, Watsonville, West Hollywood, Yountville
FLORIDA – Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, Key Biscayne, Miami Beach, North Bay Village, Surfside
MAINE – Freeport, Portland
MARYLAND – Montgomery County
MASSACHUSETTS – Amherst, Brookline, Great Barrington, City of Nantucket, County of Nantucket, Pittsfield, Somerville, Williamstown
MINNESOTA – Minneapolis
NEW JERSEY – Rahway
NEW YORK – Albany County, Glen Cove, New York City, Suffolk County
OREGON – Ashland, Eugene, Medford, Portland
TEXAS – San Marcos
WASHINGTON – Issaquah, San Juan County, Seattle