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Convenient Zero-Waste Eating-Out Kit

September 29, 2017

 

This is the kit I take with me everywhere. It comes in super handy when Justin and I eat out at restaurants. This easy zero-waste eating out (to-go, dinning-out, etc.) kit was designed for convenience when Justin and I eat out at restaurants.

 

It's hard to live a clean, sustainable lifestyle when surrounded by a fast food/restaurant society who think non-durable plastic and Styrofoam is okay. NO THANK YOU! I don't want your plastic straws, forks, spoons, or knives, and I definitely don't want the Styrofoam to-go box. 

 

It's Modifiable!

 

This kit is easy to make and can be modified to how you like to eat. Maybe put two sporks in the kit and leave out the chopsticks. Or make the pouch a little bigger to fit enough utensils for a family. 

 

Stainless Steel Straw: http://amzn.to/2yMnX4o (Amazon affiliate) 

 

How'd I make it:
 

For the pouch, I recycled an old cloth napkin that I had laying around the kitchen. I cut it up and sewed it into this little pouch by hand. Super easy. I pricked my finger only a couple of times. I’m sure sewing a pouch would take no time at all if you had a sewing machine. It would probably have straighter lines than mine for sure.

 

 

 

What do I have in my zero-waste take out kit?

 

I have chopsticks, a spork, two straws, and a piece of foil inside the pouch. A spork is combination between a fork and a spoon. I love my spork. I have used the same sport for over 6 years! I got this chopsticks for a birthday present from a friend.

 

I chose these items because they work perfectly between my husband and I. Justin uses the sport and I use the chopsticks. You can pretty much eat anything with chopsticks. If we get a dessert, we normally share it. And that means, sharing the spork.

 

My kit includes two stainless steel straws to replace the straws that restaurants want to give you for your drink. Showing the waiter our steel straws normally get the point across not to bring us drinks with plastic straws.

 

My kit also includes a piece of foil for leftover food. Foil is great because it folds up nice and small, but can hold quite a bit of food unfolded. It can also wrap around the food, so the food doesn’t fall out and get all over everything.

 

Besides my little utensil pouch, Justin and I also bring containers for water. I have had my Nalgene bottle since I was a little girl. I will continue to use until it doesn’t hold liquid. We picked up Justin’s Nalgene bottle a couple years ago at an event. He will probably use it until it doesn’t hold liquid as well. It makes no sense getting rid of a good product that still accomplishes the task that it was designed to do. It holds lots of water and keeps us hydrated.

 

Perfect!

 

If I were to get a new bottle it would either be stainless steel or glass, so I could easily add essential oils to my water.

 

 

So why do I have a zero-waste eating out kit?

Having a kit like this helps Justin and I live a clean, sustainable lifestyle. There is a ton of sing-use plastic waste in the fast-food/restaurant business arena. They give you plastic utensils, plastic cups, and plastic straws. Plastic, Plastic, Plastic! Most of the plastic does not get recycled in the right spot too! Plus, who like eating with plastic utensils? I’m pretty sure, I have broken every plastic fork I’ve ever eaten with too.

 

Plastic forks, knives and spoons may be convenient, but they’re wreaking havoc on our oceans. In fact, six million tons of non-durable plastics are discarded every year. “Non-durable” means that the plastic has a useful life of less than three years.

 

A recent study conservatively estimated that 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighing a total of 268,940 tons are currently floating in the world’s oceans.

 

 

Over 500,000,000 plastic straws are used each day in the United States. OR enough to wrap around the Earth 2 and half times a day.  That’s 175 Billion a year filtering into landfills (environment) and littering our waterways and oceans. In only the past twenty years, people have come to expect plastic straws in every drink, in an example of extreme waste being generated for minimal convenience. These short-lived tools are usually dropped into a garbage can with no further thought, instantly becoming a source of plastic pollution.

 

I hope everyone decides to make a to-go kit that fits their clean, sustainable life!

 

Have glorious day being awesome and making great decisions!

 

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References

One Green Planet: 

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/how-you-can-stop-single-use-plastic-waste/

 

Coastal Care: 

http://plastic-pollution.org/

 

World Watch Institute:

http://www.worldwatch.org/global-plastic-production-rises-recycling-lags-0

http://blogs.worldwatch.org/plastic-straws-a-life-cycle/

 

Green Biz: 

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/fast-food-chains-beverage-companies-failing-recycle-packaging

 

Plastic Pollution Coalition: 

http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/no-straw-please/

 

The Last Plastic Straw:

https://thelastplasticstraw.org/

 

Eco Cycle:

http://www.ecocycle.org/bestrawfree/faqs

 

 

Ocean Conservancy:

https://oceanconservancy.org/trash-free-seas/international-coastal-cleanup/

 

 

 

 

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