Adding to its established history of environmental action, Portland International (PDX) in Oregon is stepping up to the plate—literally and figuratively—to reduce the amount of plastic single-use containers that end up in its trash.
The Green Plate Program, introduced just a few months ago, gives customers at its main pre-security food court the choice of having their food prepared “for here” or “to go.” Meals ordered “for here” are presented on melamine dishes, with drinking glasses and metal silverware that are washed and used again. Customers who want their orders “to go” receive them in disposable paper and plastic containers, with plastic silverware.
Six vendors currently participate in the program: Bangkok Xpress, Blue Star Donuts, Sumo Sushi, Flying Elephants Delicatessen, Maruti and Panda Express.