The Subway restaurant chain has announced that its salad bowls and lids are now made from 95 percent post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials; predominately from plastic soda and water bottles.
By using the 95 percent PCR, the Subway brand is keeping 2.62 million pounds of plastic out of landfills, which represents about 500,000 gallons, or 10,000 barrels, of petroleum needed to make the plastic bowls and lids.
“We have made a commitment to look at everything with an eye towards taking the steps necessary to make positive, sustainable changes,” said Elizabeth Stewart, Subway’s marketing director who oversees the brand’s sustainability efforts. “We are excited to be able to provide one salad bowl and lid made from two recycled bottles. This is one step where we have come almost full-circle in our sustainability efforts.”
The salad bowls and lids are used in most of the chain’s 36,000-plus locations around the world and were created by Pactiv of Lake Forest, Ill., using PETE (polyethylene terephalate).