Lots of people go out to eat. We enjoy each other's company, celebrate successes, or take the pressure off of making a meal. Restaurants will pack up leftover food, on request. But these containers are usually single-use packages. These are usually not recyclable and have a short life before going to landfill.
Bring Your Own Container for Leftover FoodBringing your own reusable container when going out to eat is easy. It's an easy way to reduce waste. A reusable container is less likely to leak or spill when transporting food home and is already in a convenient container to reheat for a future meal.
Share Your Message EffectivelyTry these strategies to help encourage your family, friends and co-workers to bring their own reusable containers.
Show friends and family how you use your own reusable container to package up leftovers when out to eat.
Make it Normal
Leave a clean container in your vehicle or bag for easy access, much like a reusable bag. Create the habit and it will be easy to make this practice part of eating out.
Offer Timely Prompts
When planning to go out to eat with others, mention this idea to accompanying friends and family. Encourage them to join you with their reusable containers.
Give Positive Feedback
"I really admire that you brought your own leftovers container out to eat today!"
Highlight the Benefits
Taking your own container to package up leftovers when out to eat is an easy way to reduce waste.