For New Paltz people only, a notice I just sent to the New Paltz Times:
For my meal delivery service, I use reusable containers that are washed and sterilized each week. However, I have been searching for eco-friendly disposable packaging alternatives for one-time orders such as gifts of meals. I know that many food businesses around town would also like to use corn-based, potato starch-based or otherwise recyclable and/or compostable disposable takeout containers, but the costs are often many times that of styrofoam or plastic containers. In an attempt to save money for all of us, I am looking to start a sort of containers co-op of businesses and individuals who would go in on a large order every few months from a company that supplies eco-friendly containers. If you are interested in participating, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the approximate number of containers you use per month as well as the exact sizes of your current containers and prices (so I can attempt to find comparable prices). If you know of a company that makes eco-friendly containers, please let me know that too! I will research our options and email everyone to discuss the next step.