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Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to St. Paul City Council

Support Sustainable To-Go Packaging in St. Paul

The City of St. Paul currently does not require restaurants and other retail food establishments to utilize sustainable to-go packaging.  As a result, a large portion of the waste in our waste stream is made up of non-recyclable items that once briefly contained food items for immediate consumption.  These items, mostly plastics, have negative effects on our environment (particularly our waterways) and contribute to environmental degradation of our community and beyond.  Minneapolis and St. Louis Park both recently adopted "to-go" food packaging ordinances, and we urge St. Paul to do the same. St. Paul's City Council voted on a Sustainable To-Go-Packaging Ordinance (see link for more details) in October 2017, and although there were hundreds of community members who supported the change, it did not pass.  It will once again be up for a vote on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018, and in an effort to support environmental sustainability, we urge the city to approve of the proposed changes to St. Paul Code of Ordinances Chapter 236 and require the use of compostable, reusable, or recyclable food packaging.  Proposals: "Amend the current ordinance to apply only to food packaging intended for immediate consumption. Provide 1 year between Council adoption and effective date of ordinance. (See Current Draft.) Require the use of compostable, reusable or recyclable food packaging except in cases where there are no commercially available alternatives. The following factors will be used in determining if there are any commercially available alternatives:Availability, Economic consequences, Competitive effects, Regional context (Items for which there are no commercially available alternatives would be considered an “exemption” to the requirement). Establish list of “exemptions” and process for annual review of “exemptions” at time of ordinance adoption. Tie the initiative to existing programs:o Recyclable or compostable will be defined by City’s residential recycling contacts. (This effort will not entail amending the contract.)o Ramsey County BizRecycling program Conduct business outreach and resource fairs during the proposed 1 year implementation period." Source: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/safety-inspections/city-council-consider-ordinance-amendments-related-%E2%80%9C-go%E2%80%9D-food For more information, click here: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/safety-inspections/city-council-consider-ordinance-amendments-related-%E2%80%9C-go%E2%80%9D-food We need your help!  In order to pass this we need: Residents to call their Council Member and voice their support!  Not sure who your City Council Member is?  Find your Ward and Council Member here: https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/city-council#iframe     Businesses who have successfully switched to compostable serviceware to let their voice be heard!  Does your favorite restaurant use compostable items?  Thank them and ask them to reach out to their Council Member too! Businesses who have NOT switched to compostable serviceware to understand the financial and environmental benefits of switching.  There are grants available to businesses to help with the transition, and they can save on their trash bill as recycled items (both regular recycling and organics) are not taxed!  More information can be found here: http://www.bizrecycling.com/  To share this petition widely!  We can't do it with YOU!

Victoria Downey
245 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to George Formaro

Offer vegan shakes at Zombie Burger

Over the past years, Des Moines, Iowa has become a Midwestern hot spot for creative, delicious, culinary endeavors. Among these hit restaurants is Zombie Burger- a post-apocalyptic cheeseburger and shake lab themed around a zombie outbreak. Zombie Burger has contributed creativity, open-mindedness, and inclusivity to our town. One example for how they have done this is by catering to the Des Moines vegan community. By offering vegan patties on their cheeseburgers, Zombie Burger has allowed so many more people to enjoy their amazing food. Vegans sometimes have a very difficult time choosing a restaurant to eat at, and it usually takes extensive menu modification to put together a full meal- to be able to go to a restaurant and know that you will be offered a real, delicious meal is a breath of fresh air for so many. However, cheeseburgers are only half of the equation at Zombie Burger- their milkshakes are just as much in the spotlight, so much so that half of their restaurant is dubbed the Shake Lab. From cereal shakes, spiked shakes, and cake shakes, the chefs at Zombie Burger have created a delicious dairy treat that is sure to please anyone- except those who can't consume dairy products. For those who can't consume dairy, not being able to partake in any of the restaurant's dessert offerings often lead to us feeling left out during our meal. There are very few vegan dessert options in Des Moines. The Des Moines vegan community greatly appreciates the available food at Zombie Burger, but many people would love to experience an authentic, dairy-free shake. Offering vegan shakes at Zombie Burger would only benefit the restaurant. This new addition to the menu would be easy to add, affordable for the business, it would create positive exposure, and draw in many more customers. Adding vegan shakes to the menu would be very easy. By using the already vegan shake additions that the restaurant currently offers (cereal, oreos, peanut butter, fruit, etc.), the only additional ingredient needed would be dairy free ice cream. Adding more vegan options to restaurant menus has been proven time and again to draw in exponentially more customers. Just in the year 2017, the demand for vegan food spiked by 140% according to food manufacturer Nellson. By 2027, the vegan ice cream market is on track to reach $1 billion (LiveKindly). If Zombie Burger were to add vegan shakes to their menu, so many more people would be able to enjoy a delicious dessert with their meal. Zombie Burger would stand as a role model for other businesses, promoting inclusivity and creativity for all.  

Catie Mackey
456 supporters