Last week popular US-based sub & sandwich shop Quiznos launched its "Eat Toasty, Be Green" campaign by introducing several types of more environmentally responsible packaging - helping to minimize its impact on the environment by attempting to reduce the eco-footprint of its packaging.
All Quiznos stores now feature several new types of packaging, including:
- 100 percent compostable wax-coated paper cups
- Pulp salad bowls made from renewable sugarcane
- Plastic lids made of 30 percent post-consumer-recycled PET bottles
- Napkins made from 100 percent recycled material and fibers (90 percent post-consumer)
- Catering lunch boxes made of 100 percent recycled paperboard (35 percent post-consumer)
The sub chain is also helping its team members embrace its new green shift by beginning to change their uniforms to items made from 100 percent from recycled soda pop bottles. Each hat saves approximately six bottles from reaching a landfill and each apron saves approximately 25 bottles.
By making its packaging more environmentally responsible, Quiznos claims its taking steps to lessen the impact each of its thousands of independently owned and operated U.S. stores has on the eco-health of the nation. The company notes the new green changes come at no additional cost to their Franchise Owners.
Quiznos cites recent reports which show 32 percent of the entire domestic waste stream consists of containers and packaging, with 300 pounds of fast food packaging waste generated each year for each person in the U.S. (The 2008 Fast Food Packaging Report)