Eco-Friendly Restaurant Supplies Vs Plastics

In-Dining Restaurants Face Second Shutdown

Restaurants with in-dining operations currently face a second shut down.  This is despite still grappling with the first wave of COVID spread.  States such as Texas, Florida, and California re-opened in-dining restaurants too quickly.  In fact, they ignored the CDC’s re-opening guidelines all together.  As a result, Sunbelt hospitals are filling up.  Ultimately, in-dining restaurants will now pivot back to delivery, until infection rates slow.  Unfortunately, now restaurant re-opens will use more plastics for delivery orders.  Luckily, Go Green Disposables offers Eco-Friendly Restaurant Supplies for restaurant re-opens.

Food Delivery & Take Out Operations Define Restaurant Re-Opens

As restaurants re-open in the US a “throw-away culture” is inflamed by the Corona Virus.  The service industry is leaning heavily on single-use plastics for to go orders. As profits dip, operations are using plastic based take-out & delivery programs.  Undoubtedly, plastics provide for the cheapest products.  Indeed, owners cite the higher costs of goods as the barrier from using eco-friendly restaurant supplies.  But the real price is paid over time with plastic pollution.  Nevertheless, the Corona economy demands a shift in thinking about how restaurants re-open.  Packing people indoors for dinner is no longer an option. Delivery and take-out options are the new foreseeable future for any restaurant re-opening.

The Fight Against Plastics in Food Delivery

Food Delivery uses alot of plastics.  Plastic bags hold the meal.  Bio-plastic forks are used on the meal.  PLA containers protect the meal in transit.  Owners acknowledge the thin line they walk when using so much plastic.  Using plastic bags, cutlery and cups discourages consumers from buying brands.  But, can you afford to remain open, if you purchase expensive eco-products?  Go Green Disposables supports restaurant re-open’s with eco-friendly food delivery supplies.

Go Green Disposables is more than Paper Straws…

Are you going through a restaurant re-open? Go Green Disposables operates in partnership with OkStraw Paper Straws. We offer eco-friendly restaurant supplies.  Business owners who trust us with paper straws, can now shop for more. Our portfolio of eco-friendly restaurant supplies includes, Paper To-Go Boxes, PLA cutlery, Pizza Boxes, Paper Plates, Cups and Oyster Boxes.  Complete your guest’s dining experience by going green with sustainable products.  Eco-friendly restaurant supplies are our specialty.  So call or email to learn more about our factory direct pricing today.

Universal Recycling Law In Vermont

Food Waste Recycling is the New Normal

According to the EPA only 35% of food waste is recycled in America.  In fact, 65% of food waste goes to landfills. Vermont is no different.  They send the same amount of uneaten food to landfills.  However,  their new universal recycling law is the first in 10 years to change this.  To understand the new recycling law, let us look at Vermont’s trash.  Vermont’s trash was split into five sections.  First, is special wastes.  Second, is organics – or food waste. Third, are paper, plastics, and C&D which make up the rest.  By building recycling each one of these categories the law cuts landfill waste in half.  As a result, we see a reduction in greenhouse gases.

What Does Recycling Organic Waste Look Like?

Uneaten food and food scraps release strong methane gases in landfills.  Indeed, Methane contributes to climate change.  So how does food recycling work to curb this? Food recycling reallocates uneaten foods.  It re-directs scraps to feed animals.  Waste recycling ensures local egg producers receive nutrient rich feed. This product also enriches soil for the next generation of crops.   The Universal Recycling Law offers guidelines to both businesses and residents. The Universal Recycling Law emphasizes reduction of consumption first.  Then it seeks to feed people and animals.  Remaining waste is composted through anaerobic digestion.  This complete the food recycling process.

Vermont’s Recycling Law Public and Private Life

Vermont’s recycling law targets two demographics.  The first is residents. How can the state help resident’s help the state? Vermont’s recycling law makes it simple.  Vermont’s waste collectors launched food scrap collection services in 2017.  Now, they will offer Vermont residents will receive equal access to food scrap disposal the same as trash and recycling.  It’s all bundled into one utility fee.  Additionally, public space food recycling will ensure organic waste cans are next to trash cans.  Public spaces include city streets, parks, schools and more.  The second demographic for Vermont’s recycling law is businesses.  The law requires supermarkets, campuses, and
restaurants to comply with new standards. These institutions are required to recycle food waste if they are within 20 miles of a recycling facility.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Dies

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Canceled – Legal Battles & Green Energy

Duke Energy and Dominion Energy announced the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  Referred to as the ACP, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline was delayed due to increasing cost, on going delayed and general uncertainty.  This is despite a strong 7-2 supreme court decision which authorized continued development.

The ACP’s History

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline launched in 2014.  A lack of energy supply and distribution plagued schools, businesses, and families.  Even national defense installations across North Carolina needed more energy. The region’s coal fired electric generator retired.  The surrounding areas needed access to a low-cost and low-emitting natural gas. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s history starts here.  Designed to boost the economy, the pipeline is touted as a job creator.  This pipeline cancellation is bad economic news in areas impacted by the decision.  Domino Energy and Duke Energy planned to create thousands of jobs.

Fossil Fuel Company Bailouts Under the Trump Administration

While this is a solid win for environmentalists; there are still attempts for fossil fuel company bailouts across the federal government. The decline of fossil fuel demand during the pandemic is unavoidable.  There are less people going out.  Therefore, there are more people staying home.  Less cars on the road leads to less demand for fossil fuels.  However, the government is still offering fossil fuel company bailouts with the Covid-19 Stimulus Package in early March 2020.  Fossil Fuel Company bailouts are happening, despite the win.  So what’s next?

Pipeline Fights Around the Country

There are other oil pipeline fights in the pipeline.  For example, the Keystone XL pipeline received a ruling from the Supreme Court. Environmentalists won a verdict requiring the Keystone XL to abide by a
rigorous environmental review process. Additionally, Minnesota utility regulators are supporting Engridge Energy’s Lin 3 oil pipeline.  The PUC is a five-member pane of state regulators that oversee pipelines and monopoly utilities.  They rejected arguments from opponents which contended new evidence surfaced since they approved the project two years ago.  Other oil pipeline fights also include the Jordan Cove Project in Oregon.  Together
they mark a shifting landscape that favors the health of land over profits.

Microplastics from Plastic Tea Bags.

Mircoplastics are in your tea bags – watch out! We know it is Fall.  The weather is cooling down. You are looking to stay warm. You grab your bag of premium tea, place it in a cup of hot water, and the brewing commences. Cheers, now enjoy your herb and microplastic cocktail!

Wait, what!? Yes, that’s right, microplastics are literally everywhere, now they’re in your tea! According to a group of researchers, plastic tea bags are shedding billions of microplastics into your drink. There’s a microplastic storm brewing, and even anti-plastic warriors like us at OkStraw are scared.

Microplastics Impacting Soil & Food

We featured microplastics in previous news articles, but here’s a refresher. Microplastics are any plastic pieces smaller than 5mm in size, and they can come from anything. Microplastics in the ocean come from discarded everyday plastic items that disintegrate, to fishing nets. And it’s not just in the ocean, microplastics are in the soil, too.

A recent survey in the UK found microplastics in soil cause earthworms to lose weight. Earthworms provide important nutrients for farmers, and provide essential crop yields. If microplastics kill earthworms, then low crop yields could cause mass food shortages for the world’s most vulnerable people.

While scientists don’t yet know if microplastics directly harm people, we already know they can indirectly. What’s worse, the average person ingests 5 grams of plastic every week, equivalent to eating a credit card! By now, microplastics should scare you like they do us at OkStraw.

Plastic Tea Bags To Blame

Researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada made this discovery. After submerging four different commercial tea bags into boiling water, the researchers measured the article counts. When the results came in, the news was astonishing.

Researchers found that a single plastic tea bag sheds almost 12 billion microplastic pieces in a cup, and 3 billion nanoparticles! These numbers are thousands of times larger than microplastics previously found in foods and drinks. We wish these numbers were a typo, but sadly they aren’t

Plastic tea bags are perforated to allow water to flow through the leaves, so there are tons of microplastic shavings remaining. Even some paper tea bags aren’t always safe, because many of them use plastic sealants. So now that you’re downright petrified of your tea bags (sorry!), how can OkStraw put you at ease?

How to Stop Plastic Shedding?

The good news is there are plenty of biodegradable alternatives to plastic tea bags. Buy loose leaf tea, and use them with plastic-free metal infusers or you own paper tea bags. If you absolutely want a ready-made tea, then consult websites like this to see which companies use plastics, and avoid them.

So how does OkStraw Paper Straws fit into all of this? Good question! Plastic straws and plastic tea bags have a lot in common. They both cause needless plastic waste, but it’s easy to cut them out. We at OkStraw only make biodegradable paper straws, and there’s none of this plastic sealant nonsense, either!

For those who enjoy their iced tea, why not pick up a paper straw to go with you paper tea bags? Want a paper bendy straw? We’ve got you covered, and boba fans will love our premium strength Bubble Tea Paper Straws. So from us at OkStraw, ditch those plastic tea bags, brew responsibly, and join the Cause for Paper Straws!