I love Trader Joe’s. And yes, I realized using the word “love” about a supermarket may seem strange – but as a foodie, I count on TJs to stock the unusual, the fresh, and the tasty. There’s just one thing wrong with our relationship: I can’t get my hands on chicken drumsticks and thighs without having to buy them on dreaded, environment-destroying polystyrene (AKA Styrofoam). Why TJs?!?
I’m a recycling fanatic. I sort, I reuse, I reduce. That’s why it’s so frustrating to me that TJ still stocks polystyrene. According to the Earth Resource Foundation, polystyrene is an environmental hazard on many fronts. It is toxic to workers who make it, creates large amounts of un-biodegradable waste, leaches toxic chemicals into foods, and is produced using petroleum. I don’t care to associate any of this with my happy, laid-back Trader Joe’s experience.
That’s why I’m asking Trader Joe’s to take the leap and transition all of its packaging to other, more environmentally-friendly options.
Some cities, like DC and Seattle, have already banned polystyrene. In those cities, Trader Joe’s has had to find more sustainable solutions. If enough customers pledge to spend our dollars at Trader Joe’s, they’ll see there’s real benefit to the company to getting rid of polystyrene in all its stores.