Take your food to go without guilt

From The Intelligent Optimist (formerly Ode) magazine:

Each year millions of hinged lid, disposable polystyrene containers end up in the landfill. These containers take centuries to decompose, not to mention the entire lifecycle of each unit (raw material extraction, production, transportation). Unfortunately these disposable containers are just part of a much larger problem: a society and economy that is built on consuming and producing waste.

Fortunately there is a solution. Since the spring of 2008, Eckerd College has been utilizing an innovative to-go container called the Eco-Clamshell. Instead of using disposable to-go containers, students have the option of taking their food to go in a reusable container… The Eco-Clamshell container is a hinged lid unit, made from durable plastic material. Individuals can check out these containers, consume their food outside of the cafeteria and then return the Eco-Clamshell to be washed and sanitized…

Currently this program is in place at colleges, universities and institutions across the country. Examples include Knox College in Illinois, University of Tennessee at Martin, Westminister Retirement Center in Florida and Macalester College in Minnesota…