PLEDGE #NOSTYROFOAM [Post 3 of 3]
I sheepishly reach into my bag and pull out an empty tupperware container and set it on the table while sitting in one of my favorite local restaurant digs. I try to be nonchalant since I feel a bit awkward about what I’m about to do. I spoon the rest of my breakfast burrito into the tupperware and act like there’s nothing weird about it all the while feeling weird about it.
The server comes over to check on us and to see if we’ll be needing to-go boxes. I say, “no, we’re good” pointing to the tupperware. Then, unexpectedly, she says, “oh, wow, that’s so cool, I love that!” Thanking and praising us for being conscientious enough to bring our own takeaway container.
Although we didn’t deserve the amount of praise she gave us, it was that extra validation that solidified our conviction to always carry an extra food container.
The point here is that bringing your own leftover container to a restaurant is awkward, but it’s also no big deal. And chances are, you will receive positive feedback if any. Most likely, your server has already grappled with the amount of waste that is produced when sending home leftovers. If you can lessen that burden in any way, you are doing the work.
The easiest way to go styrofoam free:
> Carry a reusable container with you for restaurant leftovers. <
It’s a simple habit, but not an easy one because all new habits are hard. Remember when we started “using” reusable grocery bags, but they always got left behind in the car? Well, it’s like that, but time is dire, and the Earth needs us to step up for her now.
Will you commit to this one simple eco-habit upgrade? If yes, reply with your favorite nature emoji in the comments so we can inspire each other!!
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