Ever bought a fast, convenient takeout meal, then felt guilty when you had no choice but to throw the container into the trash? Ever wished there was a better option? Fear not, because Rich Grousset and Phel Meyer, both graduates of the University of Michigan, have just found an amazing new reusable takeout container service called Bizeebox.
“As busy students,” Phel explains on the company’s website, “We often bought takeout from local restaurants to save time. We found ourselves fascinated by the many types of takeout containers our food came in. Some were recyclable or compostable, while others were marketed as biodegradable. Some were made from expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, some from high-density polyethylene (HDPE), some from recycled paper, and some from PLA. But most of them still ended up in the trash.”
“We kept coming back to a simple question,” Rich adds, “Why bother creating and paying for new containers for each meal if they can be cleaned and reused? Then we learned about reusable takeout containers and, after extensive research and testing, decided to start Bizeebox.”
Rich and Phel hope to turn Bizeebox into a nationwide business model (starting with the Michigan town of Ann Arbor) where they deliver clean boxes to restaurants, pick up the used containers from return receptacles located throughout the city, and ensure that they are safely recycled when they have reached the end of their useful lives.
They are seeking to raise $30,000 through their campaign page on Indiegogo.com in order to support the Ann Arbor pilot scheme. They have one week left to meet the target (and are just over half-way there), so if the idea of less takeout waste appeals to you, give them some love!
In the meantime, check out their campaign video below. And if you want to hear about some more cool recycled products, check out our list!