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.
How about returning to an industrial dish washer, stainless steel food trays and tableware and ceramic cups and mugs? Use the increased need for labor, if any, as a job resource for other non-profits helping homeless folks out of poverty. I suspect you'll come close to breaking even in operating costs, given you'll no longer be purchasing thousands of one-use items each week--and paying for their trash pickup and hauling.
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.
I've thought about this topic off and on because I saw the response of one of my father's cancer doctors to seeing styrofoam coffee cups being used in their lobby. Large organizations use them freely--schools, churches, businesses, hospitals--but I no longer eat or drink from them. That said, paper alternatives might be a viable option in the shelter, though KG's response on going back to washing dishes could be a useful alternative.
You could use the plastic cups that are used for hot drinks and although those would be pricier you could have these homeless hang onto them for refills and if that is not allowed take them back yourself and run through a dishwasher? These would be great to serve them hot drinks and soups in. Great deed, God bless you, Happy New Year and hope you had a Merry Christmas!
Maybe you should to look into paper or plastic cups. There are office supply stores and even party stores that will give you a discount just for the asking. At this time of year you may get a huge discount by buying Christmas and other out of season party dinner ware. Some companies selling these products may even go above and beyond for a good cause, it doesn't hurt to explain your mission and ask if they can give you a discount.
bring own tupperware, I see a few aunties bringing theirs when take away
by Renee S7 years ago
No energy drinks. But something healthy that will pick up my energy. I work very hard at work and it drains me.
by Charles Matos2 years ago
What is your favorite food and drink?
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