My thanks to William Betz, who unraveled the mystery of re-using pizza boxes...
Here's what Bill told me:
Americans consume 3 billion, yes, 3 BILLION with a B, cardboard pizza boxes every year...in the 2 minutes you've spent reading this message...12,000 have been used...and they are NOT recyclable as they are contaminated w/ grease and foodstuffs...
My response: Three Billion Bill? What can be done about the pizza box problem?
Reusable Pizza Boxes explained Bill...
Bill pointed me to Mombo's pizza in Santa Rosa, California as a prime example. He said they are using reusable pizza boxes. And this concept has been very successful for the business, their customers and the planet.
Chris Smith a Press Democrat Columnist, wrote the following:
"Mombo's has introduced the first Re-usable pizza box in the North Bay at Both Mombo's Pizza stores in Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. The box comes in three sizes, 12", 16" and 18". Although the boxes retail for $12.95 each, Mombo's is selling through to our customers at our cost of $10.00 ea. Additionally, Mombo's discounts any pizza purchased by $1.00 every time the box is returned for re-use. This means that after 10 uses the box will have fully paid for itself and thereafter your pizza order will be discounted an additional dollar every time it is re-used."
That is just incredible! Mombo's is on board with this idea. Plus they give you a dollar discount for just re-using your pizza box!
Earth loving pizza fans need to know more. Where can we get these Re-usable pizza boxes? Who makes them? Are they available to anyone? How can we help? How do we get our local pizzeria involved in this recycling effort?
Bill Betz provided me with the inside information!
The answer is DMS Innovation. and the inventor of the re-usable pizza box, Mike Sudia.
I wrote to Mike and asked if I could interview him. Here's what he said:
Thank you for your interest and advocacy. It is exciting to meet you...E-mail or audio is fine.
So stay tuned. I will be in touch with Mike and find the inside scoop on his incredible product.
Here is a picture:
More on this story as it develops. But know this:Re-usable pizza boxes make a lot of sense for the environment.
Stay tuned. Pizza Therapy definitely supports the concept of re-usable pizza boxes. It makes a lot of sense... both economically and for our planet!
pizza on earth, with fewer pizza boxes,