Eat Drink Better Chinese take out container

Published on February 3rd, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

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Reducing Take Out Waste

Chinese take out container

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

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



6 Responses to Reducing Take Out Waste

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  2. Monica says:

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

    http://takeoutwithout.com/

  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!

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