You're not in the mood to cook dinner so you decide to order out. Sounds simple enough and most of us do it at least once a week. That being said, some of the containers our food comes in may be doing more harm than good, and not just to our wallets or waistline. It has been shown that some of the containers take out comes in can damage the environment on a variety of ways. Here are some of the most damaging problem containers according to thedailygreen.com.
- Styrofoam - All research shows that Styrofoam becomes a permanent part of our environment after we use it. Information on the health risks of Styrene, which is used in the production of polystyrene plastics and resins, can be found on the EPA Website.
- Plastic Containers - Plastic is made from petroleum, a resource that's in short supply. Plus many of the chemicals used to produce plastic resins pose serious health risks. Recycling helps a little (check to see if your city accepts plastics, and what types), but there is still significant pollution in the production to consider.
- Paper OR Plastic Bags - Both are pretty environmentally unfriendly. There's a lot of technical information that needs to be weighed when coming up with a definitive answer to which is more green, including: recycling rates in your city, and pollution, waste, and energy used to create the bags themselves. When asked, "Paper or plastic?" The best answer is "I brought my own canvas bag."
- Cardboard Boxes - Many cities don't have a composting system that can take food-soiled paper products. A lot of paper products still contain chlorine or bleach, which can be harmful to the environment if they end up in landfills. More chemicals are emitted from the paper mills than from the actual paper.
- Aluminum Foil - It takes energy to extract and process the metal. And although aluminum is in abundant supply, no resources are infinite.
Do you agree with these? What else can you think of?