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Three Reasons Why We Should Stop Eating Out Of Trash

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More than 50 years ago, the first Earth Day saw 20 million Americans marching for our planet. It’s a time when customers look for ways to reduce their impact and that’s where we come in. We’re counting down to April 22 and celebrating the world’s largest environmental movement by sharing facts, and offering the best reusable solutions at a discount and through giveaways to get you started.

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Get the Facts: Takeout Trash

Takeout Trash is piling up

Meal delivery and takeout trash has skyrocketed during the past year. While we don’t know exactly how much waste we’re generating from all the plastic clamshells, paper takeout boxes, sushi trays and sauce cups, we do know we’re drowning in it. In the U.S. packaging accounts for a staggering 30% of all household waste and it’s estimated that 4.9 million tons of waste is generated from food service disposables annually. Takeout boxes are not recyclable, rarely get composted and eventually break down, polluting the planet and harming wildlife. Durable reusables will always outperform disposables after a number of uses, and in the long run, they’re cheaper for governments, consumers, food businesses, and just about everyone short of the fossil-fuels industry, says Upstream Solutions.

You might be eating plastic and other harmful chemicals with your meal

A study found that some disposable food packaging like food boxes and bowls, wrappers and bags (like the one that holds your morning croissant)—especially those that prevent greasy foods from seeping through—contain harmful chemicals. They found that almost half of the food that was tested came in packaging that had probably been treated with PFAS which have been linked to some pretty terrible health effects. Research has shown that people who cook at home more often may have lower levels of PFAS in their bodies. Read the details here: New Study Finds PFAS Chemicals in Takeout Food Packaging and a summary here: Food packaging is full of toxic chemicals–here’s how it could affect your health. If you need more motivation to bring your own, here it is—healthier for people and the planet!

Biodegradable and compostable solutions are not the answer

Biodegradable solutions are often used to replace single-use plastic, but the idea of a biodegradable plastic that disappears (once in the ocean, littered on land or in a landfill) is a myth. Many “biodegradable” solutions are actually fossil-fuel plastics, and when broken down are usually so small they’re almost invisible (but of course still exist). Some compostables are plant-based, but have to be sent to specific composting facilities to break down effectively. “And an increase in compostables in the waste stream could, in fact, bungle up the composting process, create more trash, and continue consumers’ addiction to single-use items, detracting from the most environmentally beneficial practices: reducing and reusing.” Read more about takeout trash: The Dark Side of ‘Compostable’ Take-Out Containers.

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Flash Sale + Giveaway

The good news? You can easily avoid single-use plastic containers for all of your food-storage needs. Head over to the U-Konserve Instagram to enter our Earth Day Countdown Giveaways, and ukonserve.com to get details about our Earth Day Countdown Flash Sales. Buy once, refill forever!