Out & About

At Take-Out Restaurants

Here are some easy ways for you to reduce how much take-out food and packaging you throw away.

  • Bring your own reusable bags, coffee/tea mugs and water bottles. Often you’ll get a discount for using these!
  • Bring your own food containers and/or reusable plates and flatware. Use lightweight plastic plates instead of paper plates, because they can be washed and used many times over.
  • Make a picnic instead of buying fast food. Pack a cooler of food bought in bulk or deli-style (which are often “least-packaged” options) such as meats, cheeses and cookies.
  • Ask for smaller portions when ordering food where portions are bigger than you can eat.
  • Only grab as many single-use packages as you need (e.g. ketchup, mustard). Better yet, suggest to the restaurant that they supply condiments in refillable glass bottles.
  • Carry your own cloth napkin to eliminate the need to use paper ones.
  • Promptly refrigerate leftovers you bring home so they don’t end up as waste.
  • Recycle everything that can be recycled. If your take-out meal included recyclables, hold onto them until you can find a recycling bin, or recycle them at home.

While Travelling

Yes, you can take your Zero Waste lifestyle with you! There are many ways that travellers can reduce waste while travelling.

  • Choose Zero Waste places. Many hotels, campgrounds, airlines and other travel services have Zero Waste policies.
  • Be a Zero Waste advocate. Encourage the places you visit to reduce waste and to implement water and energy saving measures.
  • Avoid disposable and single-use items as much as possible (cameras, plastic water bottles, razors, contact lenses).
  • Buy unpackaged/loose snack food, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and deli meats.
  • Purchase electronic tickets for air travel whenever possible.
  • Plan a walking or biking holiday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and gasoline use.
  • Use public transportation instead of renting a car.
  • Reduce water use by taking shorter baths or showers, and reusing hotel towels and sheets.
  • Take only what you need at tourist information stations (brochures, maps, guidebooks).
  • Leave only footprints. Take out everything that you brought with you so others can enjoy the area in the same way that you did.
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