Good News Reuse™ Set to Launch First Reusable Pizza Container

We throw away over 3 billion single-use cardboard pizza boxes in the United States every year. Good News Reuse™, a Mill Valley, CA start-up says it has a sustainable solution – the world’s first reusable pizza container made of thin, food-grade stainless steel, reusable over 1,000 times.

To fund the idea, Good News Reuse™ founder Susan Lopes has launched an online campaign on IndieGoGo. She is counting on community support from environmentalists and pizza lovers to raise funds to launch the Pi Pan, a reusable pizza box.

IndieGoGo is a “crowdfunding” website where entrepreneurs can raise seed money for innovative ideas. Visitors to IndieGoGo can contribute as little as $5 or up to $25,000 or more, and are rewarded with perks. Good News Reuse™ has set its goal at $70,000, the minimum needed to fund Pi Pan prototypes and samples. The campaign runs until Monday, October 17, 2011.

“I chose IndieGoGo,” says Lopes, “because you can spread the word quickly to a lot of people. Our company has a strong educational message – the importance of reusing. IndieGoGo allows you to promote your brand and message, not just a specific project.” In keeping with the company’s long-range mission, Good News Reuse™ is partnering with MiiR’s one4one initiative. Eligible contributions to Good News Reuse™ will provide clean water to people in need for an entire year.

The patent-pending Pi Pan is made of commercial food grade stainless steel and is as thin as a reusable water bottle. It is BPA-free, does not contain other unhealthy chemicals, and is reusable for 1,000+ times.

“People are always shocked to learn how many pizza boxes are thrown away every year, enough to circle the earth 26 times. They are also surprised to find out that food-stained pizza boxes are not recyclable, only commercially compostable. Pizza boxes are crowding our landfills,” says Lopes, “but we all love pizza so help us change the box!”

Comments

  1. Great idea! Kind of like the pie-plate at Marie Callendar’s. I guess you get a deposite for it in order for you to get it back. The key is to make them to fit certain vendors pizza styles and get them to buy them by going green. As long as they stay together and don’t crush the pizza. Square ones should be a consideration for the Sicilian style pizzas. Keep me posted! The cost factor of these things to make needs to be addressed. Good luck!

    Jonathan

  2. Are these plastic? If so, this is not a solution! Many will never be used more than once. An easier solution would be to line the present boxes, so only the lining is not recyclable and reusable, then people can take their old cardboard pizza box back to the store where they want another pizza. You can yourself buy some wax paper or parchment paper to line your pizza box, top and base for your next pizza. Stop using so much plastic as a solution to problems.

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