El Pecos goes green with biodegradable packaging
Well-known restaurant El Pecos Grill is being praised for implementing biodegradable food packaging.
The restaurant began using packaging by local distributor BIOPACK, which seeks to "positively change the food packaging industry by offering eco-friendly solutions that are biodegradable, compostable, renewable and sustainable".
Local conservation group Papa Bois Conservation said: "So glad to see this: El Pecos is serving food in biodegradable containers now. Absolutely fantastic news! Say no to Styrofoam."
Dominique Galt said: "Great Job El Pecos! Finally a food supplier that is making an effort to go green."
The packaging is made from plant resource raw materials, or Plastarch Material (PSM), comprised of starch combined with several other biodegradable materials.
The material is then modified in order to obtain heat resistant properties, making PSM one of few bioplastics capable of withstanding high temperatures.
The containers will biodegrade in an average of 180 days in a compostable environment.
Biopack says the PSM Series containers are tightly hinged to keep food fresh and to prevent leakage or spills, and are non-toxic, microwaveable, freezer safe and styrene-free alternatives to conventional plastic and/or Polystyrene/Styrofoam containers.
BIOACK's biodegradable food packaging line is also USDA, USFDA and Vinçotte OK Biobased certified.
Other restaurants that have converted to biodegradable packaging include Rizzoni's Ristorante Italiano and Ruby Tuesday.
For more information on BIOPACK's biodegradable packaging visit them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/biopacktt