Do you order pizza at least once a week? My family is guilty of this. It’s one night during the week that mama doesn’t have to cook and clean up is e-a-s-y. Pair the triangle slices with fresh veggies and cut up fruit and I’m feeling okay about myself – it’s one night of the week and nobody is going to die and everyone is happy. I bet you did not know that 94% of American’s eat pizza on a regular basis and that each person eats roughly 46 slices of pizza each year. So, I’m in the norm.

The norm in America is to see overweight American’s and did you know we had an obesity epidemic according to the Center of Disease Control.

“About one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese. Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.”

The norm in America is to recycle our pizza boxes and um, they’re not supposed to be recycled! According to Earth911 a pizza box can ruin an entire batch of recycling because of the grease and this food contamination is estimated to cost the recycling industry millions!

“Grease from pizza boxes causes oil to form at the top of the slurry, and paper fibers cannot separate from oils during the pulping process. Essentially, this contaminant causes the entire batch to be ruined. This is the reason that other food related items are non-recyclable (used paper plates, used napkins, used paper towels, etc).”

“The oil gets in when you’re doing your process of making paper,” said Terry Gellenbeck, a solid waste administrative analyst for the City of Phoenix. “The oil causes great problems for the quality of the paper, especially the binding of the fibers. It puts in contaminants, so when they do squeeze the water out, it has spots and holes.”

No More Pizza

No. I could never say that, my children might die or end up in therapy earlier than expected!

  • Instead urge your local pizza shop to try using “green” pizza boxes. Wouldn’t that be cool?
  • Try ordering whole wheat crust or thin crust –forgoing the greasy pan pizza. Go light on the cheese, stick with the classic sauce verses creamy and add extra veggies. If the family will have it try chicken on your pizza verses pepperoni.
  • Don’t recycle your pizza box or sneak it into your recycling without cutting off the greasy parts. Yes, it is more work but think of how you’ll save the recycling industry money, why destroy a batch of quality recycled material over grease?
  • Try making your own pizza at home {it defeats the no cooking for mom and easy clean up, I know} and get the family involved.  Less grease if any at all, fresh ingredients, family time and best of all a family that cooks together should clean together – right?
  •  Try some new healthy pizza recipes that are less than 300 calories or switch things up with a pita pizza for extra pizazz.

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