808 BE GREEN
Bringing to market a fair priced range of compostable & biodegradable takeout containers, plates food service and packaging products for use in companies, schools, cafeterias, and restaurants. We carry sugar cane plates and takeout containers, disposable utensils and cups. Included are PLA cups and containers and bioplastic bags. We are a Honolulu, Hawaii based organization that provides environmentally sound alternatives to Styrofoam.
Styrene is considered a possible human carcinogen by the World Health Organization's International Agency Research on cancer.
There is no home for foam!
* 73 billion Styrofoam™ cups/plates thrown away every year
* 190 billion plastic containers and bottles thrown away every year
What is wrong with expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam?
Health effects of polystyrene on the human body
Medical evidence suggests that chemicals, as benzene & styrene in EPS foam are carcinogenic and may leach into food and drink. Polystyrene is produced from styrene, a known human neurotoxin and animal carcinogen, attacking the central and peripheral nervous systems. Factory workers who work with styrene have been documented to have suffered from a variety of neurological and hematological disorders. Not only is there styrene left over from EPS manufacturing, but styrene has been shown to leach out from EPS packaging under a variety of circumstances--most notably when in contact with an acidic food (such as adding lemon to your tea), contact with hot foods, or when food containing vitamin A, which breaks down EPS, is microwaved.
Made from crude oil and like all plastics, is non-renewable, non-biodegradable, and practically non-recyclable. It ends up in landfills, waterways and oceans, leaching toxins for hundreds of years. It takes approximately 430,000 gallons of oil to produce 100 million non-degradable plastic bags, the equivalent of keeping 140,000 cars off the street for a day (Source: SF DOE) Petroleum is not only becoming an increasingly scarce source, but it causes pollution and toxicity every step of its use- extraction, transportation (oil spills), refining and eventual production of the end use product. Dependence on oil contributes to global conflict and war.
EPS cups, containers and plastic bags, are a major source of pollution on our beaches - especially after a rainstorm. EPS breaks down into small pieces, often mistaken for food by marine animals, birds and fish. Once swallowed, it either acts as a poison or fills the stomach causing reduced appetite and nutrient absorption, often leading to slow starvation. According to the Alguita Research Institute (www.alguita.com), the ratio of plastics to plankton (a major food source for many marine animals) in the oceans is currently 6:1 and rapidly increasing.
A natural way to go... moving towards environmental sustainability. Raising awareness of compostable disposables made from readily renewable resources like sugarcane & corn and bringing to market a range of compostable & biodegradable products for use in catering, school & company cafeterias, and restaurants.