Biodegradable Clamshell Packaging: A Purposeful Step Towards Sustainability

People seem to love the convenience of ordering delivery food – they can get whatever they want neatly packed, wherever they want it. But as a business that provides food in this manner, has it ever crossed you mind where all of those plastic forks and clamshell packaging that you use to pack and deliver the food ends up? Well, probably in our ocean.

It’s really scary how plastic has been found in even the deepest, most remote parts of many oceans. Many sea creatures like turtles can’t digest food properly just because they have actually eaten pieces of plastic since there’s so much of it. But moreover, plastic can end up on our plates as the fish we eat may also contain plastic fragments. That is why as a restaurant or cafe owner you need to make a very thoughtful decision with regards to the food and drink packaging solution that you use.

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There is no doubt that using clamshell cointainers can keep the food fresh, at the correct temperature and in pristine condition until it is to be enjoyed. They can be ideal for just about anything – take out salads, fish’n’chips, bakery items, small cakes, snack mixes, burgers, pastries, sandwiches and much more. Also, many options come with compartments that are perfect for packing small side dishes separately, thus making for a great food presentation.

But to showcase your care for the environment you can turn to eco-friendly clamshell packaging. These are made of materials such as bamboo or sugar cane fibers that can be naturally broken down by micro-organisms over time, so they don’t have a negative impact on the environment. They actually decompose completely and in a timely manner. These are all-natural materials that contain no harmful toxins that can be released into the environment during decomposition.

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And since bamboo and sugarcane are made of organic materials, that means that they are also compostable and transform into organic nutrients during decomposition. These nutrients can further improve the quality of the soil and support plant life.

Bamboo, in particular, is famous for being a super renewable and sustainable choice, since it’s one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, making it good for the environment. But apart from the environment, bamboo can also be good for your business too since it is known as a non-toxic, natural material that can keep the food fresher for a longer period of time. What’s more, packaging solutions that are made from bamboo or sugar cane are microwave safe.

Finally, switching to eco-friendly clamshell packaging may inspire you to entirely ditch plastic by opting to use alternatives to plastic cups, straws and sauce containers.