Implementing Alternatives to Plastic Food Packaging in American Samoa
Arizona State University is engaging American Samoa Community College students in the identification and selection of alternatives to single-use plastic food containers in collaboration with the community and businesses of Nu’uuli and Pago Pago.
Type of Project: Prevention
Region: Pacific Islands
Project Dates: October 2020 - September 2022
Who is involved?
Arizona State University , with the support of the NOAA Marine Debris Program, and in partnership with the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency, is engaging American Samoa Community College students in the identification and selection of alternatives to single-use plastic food containers for use in food establishments and local businesses.
What is the project and why is it important?
Takeout from fast food restaurants and counter-serve food establishments, or convenience stores, is exponentially gaining popularity in American Samoa as students and commuters increasingly rely on daily takeout foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Takeout food, including food given at household and community events, is often served in polystyrene or clear plastic clamshell containers, and carried in a plastic bag.
In an effort to reduce the amount of marine debris and land-based sources of plastic pollution in American Samoa, Arizona State University aims to identify and implement culturally appropriate and sustainable alternatives to these single-use plastic food containers. American Samoa Community College students will explore the feasibility and options for possible alternatives, and work with local food establishments and convenience stores to implement them. The project will also encourage long-term change through intensive community outreach and media campaigns, and through the implementation of a “plastic free food provider” recognition program for local businesses.
For more information about this project, visit the Marine Debris Program Clearinghouse.