Here’s an alternative strategy on the sustainability front. Bring your own bag and/or reusable container to stash your takeout burger.
A nonprofit coalition has launched an awareness campaign called TakeOutWithOut that aims to reduce restaurant waste. It urges people to â€˜Say NO to unnecessary packaging. Fill your stomach. Not the landfill.â€™
The group, led by K.B. Lee, president of Ever Bamboo, suggests that consumers bring their own reusable containers when picking up their takeout foods, and to pass on the plastic utensils and especially the Styrofoam. Lee’s company imports and markets eco-friendly bamboo-charcoal filter products. He’s teamed up with Borden Communications and Design, a Toronto-based design firm specializing in â€˜eco-logicalâ€™ services that designed and produced the campaign graphics.
Lee says â€˜the constant use of styrofoam aggravates me more and more everyday.â€™ After he founded Ever Bamboo, he says, he became â€˜more and more aware of the dangers and excess of packaging surrounding me.â€™
The TakeOutWithOut campaign website points out that the American population tosses out enough paper bags and plastic cups, forks and spoons every year to circle the equator 300 times (www.cleanair.org).
Refuse. Retake. Reconsider.
The campaign offers its own version of the 3 R’s, urging consumers to refuse unnecessary stuff (unneeded packaging), retake their own reusables (containers, straws, cutlery, mugs, bottles, and even their own bag), and reconsider their habits (adopt healthier eating strategies).
Well, many of us have gotten used to the idea of bringing our own bags to the grocery store, I guess we could take this next step. Something to think about…
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