Think before you take trash
- Don’t take more napkins, straws, utensils, etc. than you need. If you’re buying food for three people, take only three napkins.
- Tell the person who is packaging your food what you do and don’t need for napkins, utensils, straws and condiments.
- If you’re taking your convenience food home to be eaten, you can use your own utensils, napkins and even condiments.
- Say no to the bag. Take a look at the trash can right outside a convenience store. It’s full of bags from the store. People buy an item. It gets put in a bag. They leave the store. Take the item out and put the bag directly in the trash. It’s mind-boggling. Don’t take the bag in the first place.
- Take reusable coffee mugs to your coffee house or convenience store every time you get coffee to go.
If you do end up receiving unwanted extras with your convenience items that you aren’t going to use, don’t trash them unused. Save them for another time when you can use them. I save plastic utensils and paper napkins and put them in a pouch on the side of our cooler to use at the pool. I also can use these items for the boys’ lunches on school trip days when they must bring a lunch that is completely disposable.
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