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What are some alternatives to using Styrofoam food and drink containers?


The new law banning the use of Styrofoam products by businesses and non-profits in Washington, DC goes into effect Jan 1st. Has anyone used alternative products (in bulk)? How do the costs differ? What about quality and durability for hot food and drink? We have to make a decision on how we will continue to feed the homeless at my church legally, without it being cost-prohibitive.

 

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    Janis Leslie Evans (janshares) 18 months ago

    Hmm. That's an idea, Kathryn. Never thought of that one. The church has an industrial dish washer, seen it used twice in the 30 years. There was a set of ceramic plates, cups, and saucers that I believe were given away, silverware is still there.

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    Janis Leslie Evans (janshares) 18 months ago

    Great idea, Express10. I hadn't thought of the out of season product angle as a way to start out. Asking companies for discounts or even donations is great, too. Thanks so much.

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    Janis Leslie Evans (janshares) 18 months ago

    I do think paper is the easiest immediate alternative until we decide on Kathryn's very green idea. Thanks for answering, RTalloni.

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    Janis Leslie Evans (janshares) 18 months ago

    Ha ha. One of the patrons brings her own container for hot grits! That is an idea to consider, even for coffee and juice. Thanks so much, peachy.

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    Janis Leslie Evans (janshares) 18 months ago

    Thanks, Jackie. Happy New Year to you, too. I will look for the plastic cups for hot drinks. It looks like the dish washer will eventually figure into our solution.