With the unofficial start of summer upon us, many will dust off those picnic blankets, beach chairs, coolers and backpacks to enjoy the great outdoors. As you venture out, here are a few things to keep in mind when you bring along those much needed refreshments and nibblies.
- Play it safe Ė insulate. Whatís the number one rule in food safety? Keep your hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Thatís exactly what foodservice packaging was designed to do. Make sure the packaging you use to transport your foods and beverages have good insulation properties. Keep in mind what foods youíre taking with you and how much time those foods will be in the packaging Ė thatíll help you figure out what types of packaging are needed.
- Conserve water. The start of summer also unfortunately means the start of drought season for many. One of the advantages to single-use foodservice packaging is that you donít need to waste water on washing your glasses and dishes after youíve used them. So, save the water and use single-use during the summer. Your local water authority will thank you!
- Make it easier on yourself. OK, could you bring along some reusable (and potentially breakable) dinnerware, cutlery and tumblers for your outing? Um, of course, yes. But imagine how much extra weight that adds to your already too heavy cooler or backpack? Give yourself a break and pack the lighter weight alternative. Your back will thank you!
- Be vigilant: Yes, foodservice packaging is light weight, making it convenient to transport, but itís also then easier for it to get away from you. If youíre outside Ė especially on a beach Ė be sure you donít let anything Ė foodservice packaging or otherwise Ė blow away.
- Think before you toss. Itís time to wrap up and go home. Whatís left to do? Make sure you dispose of your used packaging responsibly. Hopefully you brought with you foodservice packaging that can be either recycled or composted. Look for the proper bin Ė donít just mindlessly toss it in the trash. And, donít be one of those people that stuff their items in an overly-filled bin. This is a recipe for litter Ė unintended or not Ė and thatís no good. Look for another bin, or just bring it home and dispose there. Thatís certainly a better option than trashing the Earth.
OK, after writing this, I am definitely ready to enjoy a meal outside. Hope you are, too. Enjoy the summer, with the help of foodservice packaging!
Posted By Lynn M. Dyer (President) | 6/13/2017 12:18:46 PM