One Cool Thing: Fighting the Pandemic Plastic Boom

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Startups across the country are on a mission to provide sustainable food packaging options and close the plastic loop, especially prompted by the pandemic take-out boom. Over 70% of Americans order delivery one to three times a week, creating hundreds of billions of single-use bowls, bags, utensils, and more.

 

But some innovative companies have popped up to solve the resulting plastic pandemic. Companies like DeliverZero, a platform for ordering food in reusable containers, offer people a way to check out their containers like library books and return them to restaurants in the future.

 

“We are on the cusp of a reuse revolution,” according to a statement by Bridget Croke, managing director of Closed Loop Partners. She wants to “build reuse back into our cultural and behavioral norms.” She shares this sentiment with conservation organizations like the World Wildlife Fund. Their experts say a cultural shift toward viewing plastic as a valuable commodity is essential to reducing waste.

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