The enduring appeal to go plastic-free at food courts is now taking place.
Food has a long journey before it lands in your stomach. The most crucial part has to be during takeaway as its temporary home could be a plastic container. This is unsafe for human health and for the environment. When hot food is stored in plastic packaging, the heat causes chemical bonds within the plastic to react, allowing it to break down into the contents inside. Click here to read about a harmful effect of plastic. While it may trigger health issues, it’s already polluting the land and ocean. It is a sight that none of us wants to see yet is unaware that their wise decision can turn things around.
Penang has always been keen on eco friendly disposable food containers to tackle the plastic issue. The government initially banned plastic bags and has guaranteed to decrease plastic for food events. For instance, Hari Penjaja 2023 saw our eco food containers and wooden cutlery in action. The same goes for St Anne’s Feast with biodegradable lunch boxes and the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) encouraging eco plates and bowls for Thaipusam. We are evidently moving towards a sustainable path together!
Medan Renong Food Court Goes Plastic Free
Next up, a famous food court has moved towards eco friendly disposable food containers! Medan Renong Food Court has been inaugurated as the first 100% single-use plastic-free food court. The function was pitched by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, Penang Island Mayor Datuk Anthony Rajendran and other officials. Moreover, the honourable guests also extended their wishes to the food stalls for their positive approach.
This step forward sees the importance of preserving a better future and sharing the “Go Green” ideology. Thankfully, this movement will be spread to other food courts too. This efficient move is on par with the vision of Penang 2023, aiming to set up a smart and green state. In fact, even the surrounding vendors are using 22oz paper cups to serve fruits and snacks.
Which Eco Friendly Disposable Food Containers and Cutleries Are Well Received?
Disposable fork and spoon that are sustainable, strong and cheap? What more can you ask for? When it comes to combining style and sustainability, our wooden cutlery has got it in the bag. It allows consumers to immediately appreciate the changes made and use a spoon or fork that doesn’t break easily. They pair well with any eco friendly disposable food containers you can think of. Click here to read the reviews about our wooden spoon. For smaller servings such as ice cream and puddings, opt for our ice cream spoons.
Shop our range of disposable straws featuring stripe colours and solid colours like white and black. 12mm paper straws are ideal for coconut shakes and boba tea, yet the best seller has to be white paper straws. 6mm diameter and cheap price aside, we love they easily replace plastic straws in terms of functionality. And of course, hot drinks don’t require straws but do need coffee stirrers.
Disposable Packaging for Takeaway
No discussion about eco friendly disposable food containers is complete without our compartment lunch box. Elevate your food packaging game with a box made from sugarcane bagasse. It ranks high on functionality too with 3 cavities and a clamshell locking design. Catering to set meals and Western food, this lunch box comes with a 1200ml capacity. You might have spotted this disposable lunch box for cafe takeaways too.
From medium brown bags that’ll look pretty for sandwiches and burgers, to large bags, our paper bags let you bid goodbye to plastic bags. In particular, it gives an upscale upgrade right away to the takeaway presentation. Just a few fold at the top and it becomes a convenient handle to carry along anywhere. Not forgetting the small paper bags that are meant for puffs and pastries since they are food grade. Yes, you would love to see hot doughnuts drop into paper bags rather than harmful plastic bags.
How was the Response of the Vendors with Eco Friendly Disposable Food Containers?
They were optimistic about the government’s concern about reducing plastic. The usage of paper straws and paper bags was a sight to behold. Nevertheless, there are considerations over the price differences in opting for eco friendly products. Keeping consumers and the environment in mind, these extra pennies will be worth it. Moreover, customers are glad that vendors are giving plastic a miss. A fraction of them were new to wooden spoons and eco packaging, and are gradually eyeing various combinations. Particularly, disposable bowls made from leaf.
So the next time you are heading to Medan Renong Food Court, expect to see a refreshing range of food packaging and dinnerware. Embarking on a new chapter, this approach shall inspire those wanting to venture into the food business to use plastic-free products.
Saying goodbye is never easy unless it is to plastics!