I have been thinking lately… about all the styrofoam that is ending up in our landfills. I have been feeling guilty when I eat out and have leftovers and the waiter/waitress brings me this huge styrofoam container that I will later have to discard. Styrofoam currently makes up 25 to 30 percent of our landfills and it doesn’t bio-degrade. Considering we are only increasing in population it stands to reason that unless we do something we are going to end up in a serious pickle. So today I made a conscious decision to start doing a little more of my part and hopefully to encourage others to do more of their part as well. I devised myself a plan, not a convenient plan, but a plan none the less, to not use or throw away styrofoam; as much as possible anyway. Step one: take my own washable, plastic go containers when I go out to eat. I know.. pain in the ass, I mean I am just getting the hang of remembering to take my re-usable grocery bags into the store, and I feel bad when I forget. I will be diligent though because there are hardly any restaurants that use eco friendly go containers. The upside is my own go containers will keep the leftovers fresher to be sure. Step two: To bring my go containers when ordering food to go and ask if the restaurant will oblige me and put my order into my container. This is where it gets a little hairy..
Due to portion control and inconvenience some restaurants may not be willing to do this, but there is no harm in asking.
At the first opportunity I put step two of my plan into action. GO ME!!!! I frequently get salads to go from The Habit Hamburger Grill. They have really tasty healthy food. I carefully selected a plastic container that was as close in size as I could get to the one they normally give me, this is important because of the portion control I mentioned earlier. Some restaurants use the size of the plate or container to gauge the correct portion. Since the Habit tosses their salads.. I knew that they did their portioning in the salad bowl. So off I went container in hand, feeling a little sheepish, and placed my order, and politely, and
confidently, asked if they would put my salad into my own go container. To my surprise and delight… they said yes. This is their signature Santa Barbara Cobb salad in my go container. Woo0Hoo0 GO HABIT!!!