News and information – Friday Five: How to avoid packaging in restaurants
Many compostable packages are not suitable for home composting or our commercial composting facilities. Additionally, compostable packaging is always single-use, so even though it is composted, it has consumed energy and resources in the process of production and transportation, then is used once and discarded.
The result? Most compostable packaging ends up in landfill, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions when it breaks down. Avoiding single-use packaging, whether plastic, compostable or otherwise, is the way to go.
Here are five ideas for enjoying takeout and dining out with a clear conscience.
1. Bring your own reusable cup or bowl
Bring your reusable mug, cutlery and bowl to your favorite restaurant. Most local restaurants will fill clean, dry containers with your order. In fact, you might even get a little discount!
Don’t forget that you can also request that your fresh juices, smoothies and bubble tea be put in your reusable cup.
Fancy a lunch at your local supermarket? Most supermarkets allow you to bring your own containers to deli, meat and seafood counters. Check your local supermarket’s website for more information or visit our Sustainable Shopping webpage.
2. Forgot your own bowl or mug? Borrow one!
Forgot your container? Do not worry. Recipients of the Waste Reduction Seed Fund, Reusabowl, Cupcycling and Again Again are providing take-out containers and cups for hire at many Wellington restaurants. Go to their websites to see where you can get food or drink in these containers near you.
If you already have a Reusabowl, Cupcycling or Again Again container, many non-participating restaurants will accept these containers as long as they are clean and dry.