Stop Waste, Stay Green at Restaurants

Dining Out Without Extra Waste

_____________________________________________________________________

organicmealHaving a hard time staying green at restaurants? You may already carry your own reusable shopping bag to refrain from panic at the register as the cashier reaches for a plastic one. And if you have stopped dining out at restaurants for fear of Styrofoam take-home boxes or eating all 5 courses to keep the plastic to-go bags away, fear no more. Green living covers almost every aspect of life, even ridding the need of those pesky containers.

_____________________________________________________________________

Top Restaurant Tips

  • Bring your own. When dining out, consider bringing your own BPA and lead free take-out containers and cutlery made of plant based materials (such as the starch based utensils bellow) or even a container of your own from home. Check your local stores for eco-friendly take-out containers or search online.
  • utensils2Other options. Before having your food packaged, ask for other containers besides Styrofoam ones. Chances are the restaurant may have biodegradable/compostable containers. If in San Francisco don’t bother asking, Styrofoam was banned almost two years ago.
  • Do as you must. In the case that you have to have something put away in a Styrofoam/plastic container; ask that extra napkins/plastic cutlery not be included as this just becomes more waste.
  • Drink up. When filling up your drink at the soda fountain avoid using a plastic lid or straw as this also just becomes waste.

_____________________________________________________________________

Common Mistakes

  • Lies! If a restaurant claims to have recyclable Styrofoam chances are they don’t; Styrofoam is not commonly recycled because it is very difficult to do so.
  • If plastic. If you do end up taking home a plastic container, check if it is recyclable and make sure that it gets recycled once you get home.

____________________________________________________________________

Benefits

…to your health

Using BPA/lead free containers is safe to use as those components have been found to cause harm to normal human function.

…to your wallet

Sometimes bringing your own take-out containers can save you money. Some coffee shops offer discounts for those who bring their own coffee mugs.

…to the Earth

Fewer take-out containers leaving restaurants means fewer garbage in landfills and less harm to the environment, humans and animals.

_____________________________________________________________________

Further Reading

Side Effect of Plastic: Aggressive Kids

Raising Healthy Children

Safe and Healthy Water Bottles and Other Containers

Bottles and Sippy Cups

The “Rubber Ducky” Chemical

7 Comments

  1. CheetahGirl January 13, 2010
  2. gertrude January 13, 2010
  3. antonio January 13, 2010
  4. Lexi j January 13, 2010
  5. wandaaa January 15, 2010
  6. Elemental LED staff January 19, 2010
  7. Jordan January 21, 2010

Add Comment

Art and Design Energy Star Green News Insider Interviews Lifestyle Success Stories Travel Videos
How to Choose the Right Light Bulb for Your Home
Water, Water Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink….
A New Champion At The Weather Channel Answers All You Want To Know About The Weather But Were Afraid To Ask
Air sealing Apparel Appliances Bath Bed Body Care Books and DVDs Cabinets Children and babies Cleaning Composting Countertops Dry cleaning Electronics Energy Auditors and Home Performance Contractors Flooring Food Furniture Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) Holiday Home renovation helpers Home safety products Indoor Air Quality Insulation Landscaping and outdoors Lighting Lumber and panel products Miscellaneous Paints Finishes and Adhesives Passive Solar Personal Care Pest control (indoors) Pets Recycling Renewable energy Roofing products Siding Solar Transportation Waste Water Water fixtures and plumbing Windows skylights and doors
How to Choose the Right Light Bulb for Your Home
Water, Water Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink….
Squeezing Water From A Rock