My top tips for Zero Waste Takeout

Bringing my own containers to my local sushi restaurant (or any takeout, really) is one of my favourite things to do. That’s because chances are, you’ll make an impression on another customer, who may decide to do the same next time.

I’m lucky. My sushi restaurant knows me, and knows I’m bringing my containers when I come (maybe I should eat less sushi?). We have a little routine down.

If you’re new to bringing your own containers, here are my top tips:

  1. Ask beforehand, when you’re ordering. Ask them if you should arrive early with your containers. 
  2. Make sure they understand that you don’t want them to put the food in disposable containers and then transfer it when you show up. (It happens.) If they have issues with bringing personal containers into the kitchen for health regulations, ask them to put the food on regular plates, and then you can transfer it from there.
  3. Remember to bring small containers for sauces!
  4. Don’t forget to also refuse: disposable chopsticks, soy sauce or ketchup packets, napkins, cutlery, fake sushi grass (my personal nemesis).

Do you bring your own containers? Do you have any tips to share?

LeahStellaPayne-Sig-BLK

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