Big Step Towards a Sustainable Obon

On July 23rd, 2015, an article written by Amy Honjiyo was published in the Rafu Shimpo.

BIG STEP TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE OBON

From left: Trish Nicholson, Higashi Obon dance instructor, Calvin Kamimura, Janet Ito, Corey Kamimura, Katey Kamimura and Grant Hashimoto hold recyclable drinking bottles that will be sold at the Higashi Honganji Obon carnival this weekend. Each bottle sells for $3 and includes a drink coupon worth $2. (GWEN MURANAKA/Rafu Shimpo)

From left: Trish Nicholson, Higashi Obon dance instructor, Calvin Kamimura, Janet Ito, Corey Kamimura, Katey Kamimura and Grant Hashimoto hold recyclable drinking bottles that will be sold at the Higashi Honganji Obon carnival this weekend. Each bottle sells for $3 and includes a drink coupon worth $2. (GWEN MURANAKA/Rafu Shimpo)

Part of the continuing series “Towards a Sustainable Little Tokyo.”

This year at Higashi Honganji’s 56th Obon there will be a noticeable absence at the food booths; no Styrofoam food containers will be used.

Styrofoam, known as an inexpensive material for food containers, is also a product made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource. And because it is not compostable, it typically ends up in our landfills.

Janet Ito, buyer for the temple’s supplies and coordinator of the Lumbini Child Care lunch program, has “done her homework” researching the pricing and quality for a broad array of recyclable and compostable food containers...

Read the full article here.