5 Ways To Create A Sustainable Restaurant Experience
Who doesn’t like eating out every now and then? A break from home cooking, dining out at a restaurant is all about the culinary adventure and family time (or me time), all rolled into a convenient package. However, as we relish our food, do we pause to wonder if our restaurant experience is #proplanet or anti-earth?
There are small things that we as individuals or a family can do to make eating out at a restaurant or fast food joint, sustainable and green.
1. Refuse a straw when you order that mocktail or cocktail. Whatever your beverage of choice may be, ask the server to Not bring a straw with it. Carry your own bamboo or steel straw from home instead or ditch the straw completely if possible.
2. Say No to a Styrofoam coffee cup. Whether it’s a coffee on the go or a soda to sip along with your burger, try not to let your beverage container add to the landfill. Ask the waiter to serve your beverage in a glass tumbler or offer your own traveling mug that you’ve toted from home.
3. Carry your own water bottle from home and refuse a disposable water bottle. It’s a trend now at restaurants to offer customers bottled water. But all it takes to stop yet another plastic bottle from ending in the landfill or the ocean, is to fill a steel bottle from home and ask for a jug of RO water, if you’d like a refill.
4. Wipe out food wastage. If you’ve got leftover food after you’ve feasted, request the server to pack it up in a ‘doggie bag’ instead of throwing it away. There is no shame in not wanting to waste food and neither is there any prestige in throwing away a portion of a perfectly edible meal.
5. Offer your own containers for packing the food. Restaurants often pack leftover food in plastic or foil containers. So, instead, keep a couple of steel containers handy to pack up all those leftovers in.
These 5 steps are simple and doable. All it takes is forming a new habit and flexing that green muscle.
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