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NYC Bans Foam Takeout Containers

On June 27th, we talked in our article New York Foam Ban Coming Soon about how NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been taking initiatives to try and make New York City more environmentally friendly by following California action and ban Styrofoam and foam food takeout containers.

Polystyrene foam – referred to as Styrofoam – is a cheap, light and strong material mostly used for takeout food containers. It is however extremely bad for the environment as it not recyclable, mostly ends up in landfills and lives for over 500 years. This is why about a hundred cities – including San Francisco, Seattle and Portland – have already banned foam food containers. In its last legislative session the New York Council also unanimously voted the ban of Styrofoam containers, making NYC the largest city in America to implement such a ban.

This ban is however a compromise for now and will only take effect next year. Why? Opponents of the ban, mostly container manufacturers, say that such a ban will hurt small business who rely on foam for its low cost and won’t be able to afford more Eco-friendly solutions. Dart Container Corporation, one of the largest makers of foam products, spent almost $1 million with the American Chemistry Council to try to block legislation and stop the ban. They managed to get a deadline – January 1rst, 2015 – to prove to the sanitation commissioner that foam can be collected and recycled in an economical way – something that has not been successfully done by any municipality so far. If they can’t prove it by this deadline, the law will take effect in July 2015.

More and more cities are taking the Eco-friendly direction when it comes to food containers and your city might be the next one to implement the ban. Chicago for instance is already also proposing a ban on the containers.


If your business uses foam products it is time to go ahead of the ban and move on to more Eco-friendly products. If you are nervous that your cost are going to increase dramatically, don’t worry. There are plenty of affordable Eco-friendly options that you can take a look at. Not only your customers will love your new Green image, but your image will also get better, allowing you to slightly increase your prices and cover the pricing difference.

One of the most economical Eco-friendly option you can go for is of course sugarcane.

Light, resistant and cheap, sugarcane product also have a very upscale image and are 100% compostable.

Take a look at our sugarcane products at www.packnwood.com and take your first step towards sustainability! 

New York Foam Ban Coming Soon

**UPDATE 1/29/14 NYC Votes to ban foam. Click here to read all about it. 

As many of you may have heard, the state of California has already banned foam food takeout containers and the law is about to arrive in New York and many other cities.

Not biodegradable or compostable, foam containers can last for thousand years if they break up into small beads after being in the water for a long time and also drain styrene when in contact with heat or grease. Rarely recycled and expensive to clean, foam is simply terrible for the environment and people are starting to realize it and trying to do something about it.

While California is ahead of everyone with a ban that often applies to restaurants and others using disposable cups or containers, more U.S. cities are trying to ban or restrict foam use and it is great news for all of us Eco-friendly advocates!

Let’s take a look at New York City for instance. In the past couple of years, recycling has been a disappointment. Unlike a lot of other places, NYC is not very efficient at recycling, and it’s a shame. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is however willing to make the city go greener by following California’s example and banning all environmentally destructive Styrofoam products.

If foam products are not prohibited yet, they soon will be so if your business is using a lot of them, this is your opportunity to be ahead of the ban and your competitors! If you think that you can’t find economical solutions to replace your foam plates or cups you are definitely wrong. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to be Eco-friendly.

sugarcane-platesSugarcane, also called Pulp or Bagasse, comes from the natural residue of the Sugarcane harvest. 100% biodegradable and compostable, elegant and still extremely affordable, our sugarcane plates are the perfect option to go green and get rid of your foam disposables plates. Available in different sizes and colors, you wouldn’t go back to foam disposables even if you could after trying them!


(See our Square Sugarcane Plate on Youtube here!)

sugarcane-cupsAre you looking for ice cream or soup cups? We also got you covered. Our sugarcane cups and sugarcane bowls are the best back up option and won’t disappoint you.

BuckatyIf you are looking for a more original take out solution for your soups, salads and other to-go hot and cold foods, our Buckaty Collection is also very economical and extremely elegant.

No matter what you are looking for, there is an Eco-friendly solution and we can provide it for you!

Take the lead and anticipate the ban by getting rid of your foam disposable, the Earth will be thankful.

Check out all of our products at www.packnwood.com