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Published on February 3rd, 2011 | by Becky Striepe


Reducing Take Out Waste

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While we’re all about cooking around here, there are times when that’s just not an option. Maybe you had to work late or things were a bit too crazy for you to pre-cook meals for the week last weekend. Maybe you just want a night where you treat yourself. Whatever the reason, sometimes take out is just what’s on the menu.

The problem with take out meals is that you get a healthy serving of waste along with your dinner. From Styrofoam containers and paper napkins to sauce packets and plastic utensils, one take out meal for a family can produce a whole lot of trash.

Next time you’re considering take out, a little planning can help reduce the waste associated with your meal.

>>Next: Bring your own container

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Mykl Roventine

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Hi there! I'm Becky Striepe, a green crafter and vegan foodie living in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband and two cats. My mission is to make eco-friendly crafts and vegan food accessible to anyone who wants to give them a go. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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  3. Dinah says:

    Take-out waste bothers me and I bring containers often to be told they can’t because of health code laws or some such thing. Guess I should look into whether there really is a law here (MI) prohibiting that, or the individual restaurant’s choice. Find a few that will sometimes, but usually not. Great to see this topic being discussed!

  4. Monica says:

    Recently a group called Takeout Without started up, to help reduce waste in from restaurants:

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