Eco Living
Oct 10th, 2012 | By Aubrey Yee

It takes less than a minute to slide your leftovers into a disposable take out container but the convenience stops there. That same packaging can end up in landfills for years, even decades, and according to Cleanair.org, each year Americans toss enough paper and plastic cups, forks, and spoons to circle the equator 300 times! That’s not even including plates and disposable take-out containers!

"birefringence" by Photo Extremist

TakeOutWithOut asks you to make a simple commitment. Either eat all the food you order so that you minimize food waste, or bring your own reusable take out containers to the restaurant.</p>

The TakeOutWithOut Creed focuses on three easy actions that anyone, anywhere can take:

+ ReFuse unnecessary stuff- like when the take out container is put in a bag and you’re given a fork even though you’re taking the food home… where you have forks! Just say no to unnecessary waste.
+ ReTake your own reusables - they call it BYOR (Bring your own reusables) You’ll be serving as a great example to everyone else around you.
+ ReConsider your habits - Did you realize that Americans use some 500 million plastic straws a day! BeStrawFree a website started by 9 year old Vermont resident Milo Cress simply asks you to reconsider whether you really need a straw with your next Iced Tea.

Simple choices made on a grand scale can really make a difference. So next time you ask for a doggy-bag, give them your nifty reusable container and you can feel proud that you are part of an important movement to reduce restaurant waste!

Tagged: sustainability, food waste, sustainable living, food waste statistics, recycle food waste, Green Living

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