Zero Waste Tip: Bring Your Own Reusable Container
Zero Waste tips:
Bring your own reusable container to pack leftovers after your meals.
It is just like bringing a tote bag to the store but for the restaurants.
Knowing the facts about using your own container to take home your leftover and other food items empowers you to be confident about asking for your purchases to be placed in the containers you’ve brought with you and enables you to educate shop owners, managers and staff about their liability if they’re unsure whether it is something they can do or should be doing. ⠀
STORE CONTAINERS IN YOUR CAR AT ALL TIMES. Put them right back in the car after you’ve used them. If you don’t typically drive to restaurants, place them in a conspicuous spot near the door or keep them in a bag, purse, or backpack. ⠀
DON’T LEAVE THE CONTAINERS IN THE CAR WHEN YOU GET TO THE RESTAURANT. BRING THEM IN. This way, you’ll avoid a trip back to the car. And you won’t be tempted to think, “Oh, I’ll just do it next time.” Every toxic container you eliminate matters. ⠀
PACK THE LEFTOVERS YOURSELF. Servers may be surprised at first, but they adjust—it gives them less to do. ⠀
MAKE IT THE NEW NORMAL. You might feel awkward or embarrassed about packing your leftovers. That is just social conditioning that says, “Don’t think, just follow the old normal even if it harms your health and the planet.” But this messaging is just as toxic as the old single-use containers. The reality is restaurants welcome your containers because it saves them money. Your example will inspire other diners to get on board, too. Be the change you want to see in the world. Soon it will be the new normal. You can do this. We can do this!
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