Eliminate Styrofoam – Use Eco-Friendly, Waterproof Takeout Boxes in All Restaurants, Retail Food Vendors and Non-Profit Preparers
Styrofoam is among the most toxic of plastics, so eliminating it from landfills is a good thing. The Town of Winchester and the State of Connecticut have been addressing this issue for over 30 years. The Board of Selectman enacted Ordinance 157, effective on December 1, 1990, which established a task force to educate all restaurants, retail food vendors, non-profit food preparers, and food packagers to develop a comprehensive plan to recycle this product, with the ultimate goal to eliminate its use/sale in Winchester. Fast-food restaurants like Dunkin Donuts and McDonalds have been transitioning to paper products for years, but not all local businesses in Winchester have.
With the rise of take-out options to sustain businesses due to pandemic restrictions, Friends of Main Street has been looking for alternative packaging that re-enforces Ordinance 157, the town ban on polystyrene/styrofoam.
This year a Connecticut restaurateur decided to start a new business, Kraftgreen, to manufacture Eco-Friendly, waterproof takeout boxes with their new business. Previously they purchased paper to-go packaging overseas. Due to the pandemic, they had to wait four months for one order, so they decided to manufacture the packaging in Connecticut and eliminate the logistics nightmare.
What an opportunity – buy local, support a new CT business, and have a local source for food businesses in Winchester and neighboring towns... And eliminate styrofoam from our landfill.