Café introduces a little bit of green becoming Styrofoam free


The McNicholas cafeteria introduced new environmentally sound packaging for the 2019-2020 school year. Eco Club moderator Mary Dennemann said, “Mrs. Donna wanted to have something better for the environment.” This new packaging promotes recycling and puts less in the landfills.

The McNicholas cafeteria introduced new environmentally sound packaging for the 2019-2020 school year. Eco Club moderator Mary Dennemann said, “Mrs. Donna wanted to have something better for the environment.” This new packaging promotes recycling and puts less in the landfills.

The McNicholas High School cafeteria looked to become more economically friendly for the 2019-2020 school year by introducing changes to the school’s cafeteria. All packaging in the café is now styrofoam free.

When the café decided to introduce the new packaging, Eco Club moderator Mary Dennemann, said, “Mrs. Donna wanted something better for the environment,” and this new packaging helps put less in the landfill. The packaging is not only helping the environment, but it is aiding McNicholas in recycling more. McNicholas is aiming help other school take the initiative to be more eco-friendly by setting an example 

Dennemann added, “As we do better, they want to do better too.”

The standard 6-inch packaging has no size difference, but it is a bit more expensive. Café manager Donna Spears said, “Styrofoam is 8 cents and the ecofriendly [version] is 13 cents.” She said that the new packaging doesn’t affect the way that the food tastes, the way it is cooked, or the amount students receive upon purchase.

Spears said, “The food price for the eco-friendly went up a little bit because of the paper but it was mostly dependent on the food.”


The new eco-friendly packaging in the café is the same size as the old Styrofoam packaging but the price difference comes more from the paper they are made of versus the amount of food in the package.

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