At the height of the pandemic, many people were ordering takeout to support their favorite local restaurants, but to-go containers were stacking up. Tiffin Indian Restaurants in Philadelphia experienced tremendous growth during the take-out boom, but the owners (and their customers) were concerned about the mounting environmental impact of single-use plastic. Circular Philadelphia, a group that advocates for reusing materials, sharing resources, and reducing waste, knew there had to be a better way. They investigated options and found a local group ECHO Systems offering reusable, trackable to-go containers. However, they also learned that Philadelphia Department of Health food safety and sanitation regulations prohibited restaurants from making the switch to a more sustainable option.
Find out how these groups worked together to change minds—and policy—in just a few short months!