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If you’re like us, you’ve been supporting your favorite local restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic by ordering takeout and buying gift cards. Kudos to all who have done so, and a social distancing balcony clap to the restaurant staff holding it down — and to those sent home simply trying to hold on.
The thought itching in the back of our collective head, however, is that all these to-go orders need disposable packaging, and the last thing our planet needs is a resurgence of low-quality, non-biodegradable takeout waste. Politico in fact reported this week on a European lobbying group asking EU governments to delay upcoming restrictions on single-use plastics due to the pandemic. Consumers who want to support our restaurants during forced closures are left with little choice. Even if you normally bring your own to-go food container when you eat out, that’s not an option with pick-up ordering or delivery.
Yet despite the bad waste-centric news, progress is still being made.