The Mountain of Waste: How Small Businesses Have Managed Food Packaging Practices During the COVID-19 Era(link is external)


Layla Dargahi, Global Studies, Class of 2022

Internship Office: California Department of Food and Agriculture 

The COVID-19 pandemic caused many restaurants to struggle as dining-in no longer became an option, causing a reduction in customers. Restaurants were forced to quickly adjust, resulting in a huge increase in disposable packaging for meals as most meal options were only offered as takeout. The op-ed explores the various effects of increased packaging in BIPOC Oakland based restaurants as they navigate costs, government guidelines, and other challenges to stay afloat.

Layla Dargahi
Publication date: 
September 21, 2021
Publication type: 
Diversity & Entrepreneurship Research