Styro-No: This is How BYO Does It

In a new video, the F&ES Environmental Stewardship Committee shows how easy it is to find alternatives to styrofoam containers — and the perils of not doing so.
The F&ES community has embraced a culture of "Bring Your Own (BYO) Containers" as an active means of minimizing waste and reducing our impact on the environment. Many local food vendors use polystyrene (a.k.a. styrofoam) to package their food because it is the cheapest option available. However, the polystyrene containers are not recyclable, and thus represent a very visible component of the the waste stream on campus. Furthermore, students are concerned about the negative health and environmental implications of hot food served in polystyrene, and are eager to to adopt more environmentally friendly alternatives.

The Environmental Stewardship Committee at F&ES has produced this educational video to encourage participation in a broader zero-waste lunch campaign, Styro-NO.

— Lisa Veliz
Lisa Veliz ’16 M.E.M. is a first-year student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She is a member of the School’s Environmental Stewardship Committee.
PUBLISHED: April 1, 2015
Note: Yale School of the Environment (YSE) was formerly known as the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). News articles posted prior to July 1, 2020, refer to the School's name at that time.