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improved accessibility.
Zappa, for example, uses one
supplier - New Jersey-based
Summit Paper - for many of Pizza
by Certé's disposables, though he
continues searching for a paper
straw that meets his specs.
"We haven't found anything that
works as we'd like so far," Zappa says
of an alternative to the single-use
plastic drinking straw.
While vendors might offer a
range of alternative products, it's
true operators might need to source
specific goods from other suppliers
because of costs, aesthetics or even
functional properties, such as a
product's ability to retain heat or
carry product.
"There's nuance here and there
isn't one blanket solution for
everyone," Oshman says.
ON THE COSTS OF ALTERNATIVE
DISPOSABLES

In most cases, operators will
pay a premium for more ecofriendly disposables compared
to conventional options. Zappa
estimates that he pays about 10 to
15 percent more for his products
compared to traditional disposables.
Though Pizza by Certé's high
volume helps to offset those costs,
spreading the added costs over
thousands of tickets each week,
Zappa also checks supply costs on
a weekly basis to ensure a prudent
financial outlay.
Oshman, meanwhile, urges
restaurants to look at the
investment more holistically. He
cites restaurants that have ditched
plastic drinking straws in favor of
a more eco-friendly - albeit costly
- alternative, but simultaneously
installed a straw-upon-request
policy that minimizes distribution
and ultimately reduces the overall
spend on straws.
"Sometimes it's not a matter of
shifting from product A to product
B, but shifting from product A to
nothing," Oshman says.

ON SELECTING THE RIGHT
ALTERNATIVE DISPOSABLES

Presented with a range of options
to replace conventional disposables,
savvy operators consider their costs
and their operations before making
any decisions.
"It's important for restaurant
operators to be discerning," Oshman
says.
Consider compostable products,
relatively prized goods among
the environmentalist crowd. If an
operator doesn't compost these
products or puts the product in
the hands of carryout diners who
are highly unlikely to compost
the product, then the investment
is futile. In such cases, a postconsumer recycled waste product
might be a more sensible choice or a
restaurant might institute reusables
- plates, cups and the like - for
dine-in customers.
"Just because you're told
something is a good alternative,
doesn't mean it's the right option
for you," Oshman says. "Investigate
how a product works for your needs
and be methodical so you're helping
the environment without damaging
your bottom line."
ON BEING PROACTIVE

As bans on disposables like
straws and plastics become more
commonplace and enter the
legislative pipeline at an increasing
pace, Oshman urges restaurants to
be proactive.
"If you do it on your own timing,
then it's easier and more convenient
to pull off," he says. "You can work
things out with your distributor in
a more calculated, thoughtful way
rather than being put under the gun
of an imposed ban." n
Chicago-based writer DANIEL P.
SMITH has covered business issues
and best practices for a variety of
trade publications, newspapers, and
magazines.



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Pizza Today - August 2019
Commentary
Contributors
Expo Spotlight
@ Pizza Today
Conversation
Man on the Street
Tony’s Trending Recipe
Knead to Know
Destinations
Supply Alternatives
Baked Goods
Pizza Toppings: Mortadella
Seasonal Pastas
Artificial Intelligence
In-House Delivery vs. Third Party
Pizza & Pasta Northeast Preview
Pizza Today on the Road: Goremade, Columbus, Oh
Pizza Today on the Road: Park Street Pizza
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Reader’s Resource
Mike’s Monthly Tip
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Pizza Today - August 2019 - Cover2
Pizza Today - August 2019 - Commentary
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Pizza Today - August 2019 - Conversation
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Pizza Today - August 2019 - Man on the Street
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