Just this month, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors passed the country's strictest ban on Styrofoam products.
Styrofoam, also known as expanded polystyrene (EPS) is a petroleum based plastic used in a wide range of industries. These products are incredibly cheap to produce, but are extremely detrimental to the planet as they are not biodegradable, pollute waterways and can harm marine life and birds. Originating from a 2007 ordinance already prohibiting restaurants from using Styrofoam takeout containers, the new ban extends to a wide range of products including packing peanuts, dock floats, cups and much more.
Businesses outside of San Francisco can still use and ship to the city without penalties, but that might change as other cities adopt more earth-friendly laws. Although the ban does not go into effect until January 1st, 2017, here are a handful of earth-friendly alternatives that you can use today in your office.
Dissolvable Packing Peanuts
A major reason why your packages don't break during delivery is due in part to styrofoam based packing peanuts. These Caremail Biodegradable Packing Peanuts are just as effective, are 95% renewable and instantaneously dissolves in water. Made of corn/potato starch, these are lightweight, static free and guilt free!
There are plenty of environmentally friendly eating utensils. Many of these are sturdy enough to handle your toughest breakroom meals without faltering. Karat's compostable, forks, knives and spoons are built tough and worry free.
Cups and Plates for Work Lunches
Have a pair of washable cutlery at your desk? Special events at work makes cleaning dishes a time consuming chore. Check out our collection of biodegradable tableware from Stalk Market. These eco-friendly bad boys are sturdier when compared to their flimsier Styrofoam counterparts.
Though it may seem a bit daunting at first, there's plenty of time between now and the deadline to fully comply with the new law. In the larger scheme of things, this is all but a small hurdle on the path to a greener environment.