Recently our family had lunch at a restaurant and at the end of the meal… lo and behold, leftovers!
There was no need to waste food and leave it behind, but the question loomed: “what am I going to have to carry this home in?” When the server asked me if I wanted a to-go container, I decided to ask.
Me: “Is the container Styrofoam?”
Server: “Yes, it is. But would you like me to use aluminum foil instead?”
Me: “Why YES! (*big smile) I would! I’m “very green” and I detest Styrofoam.”
Server: “No problem, ma’am.”
No problem! Imagine that. We DO have a choice. I know aluminum foil won’t do for some things, but I now realize there is a choice, and if asked, we’ll probably be given an alternative, greener option. I was happy not to waste food, but I was just as happy not to accept Styrofoam that will live in a landfill for hundreds of years and release toxins into the ground.
I’ve even recently learned about new containers and tableware (thanks to reader, Beth!) that are made from corn, sugarcane and paper. They’re biodegradable and compostable and include cups, plates, utensils and napkins… all kinds of good stuff appropriate for your next gathering, available in quantities for home use. The holidays are around the corner, and who doesn’t love a great party, but add Mother Earth to the guest list by not serving her toxic trash.
So, after I ate the leftovers, the aluminum foil got a quick wash and went to the recycling can. But next time, I want it in the shape of a swan!