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Zero-Waste Fast Food?

Zero-Waste Fast Food? Subway

Is it possible to live waste free in a fast food world?

I’ve been thinking about this for a while and I decided it was time to find out. Today was my first attempt at a zero-waste Subway lunch. I went during my lunch break and was not very prepared. After some thought I grabbed a towel from work and my Reusable coffee cup and headed over to the sub shop. There were two employees working and I approached the first one and let her know what I was attempting. Very specifically I asked for no paper to be put under my sandwich. She was wearing disposable plastic gloves. Figuring out what to get was important because alot of the meat choices come pre-portioned in cups or between paper. I settled for tuna. The woman helping me finished up and sent me to the cashier. The cashier put on a pair of disposable gloves to put my sandwich on my towel. I had asked for a combo with cookies and showed that I would use my coffee cup to get the pop. After prompting her for my cookies she automatically put them in the little paper sleeve. I told her that I did not want them in that so she put them off to the side and gave my two new cookies beside my sub. Rolling them up in the towel, I then filled up my pop and went back to work. So do I think my experiment was a success? Yes and no. Yes, because I left with no waste. No, becauseĀ  I think the cashier put on gloves just for me and also what happened to that paper bag the first cookies went in? Also, what did those “sandwich artists” think about my seemingly crazy request? hmmm

My next ventures into zero-waste fast food will bring me to Starbucks and McDonald just because they are close to work. No big concerns about Starbucks because they are a bit for eco-understanding in my opinion. McDonalds is another animal altogether. I am wondering about the fries! Will they be willing to guess on amounts? Should I try a zero-waste breakfast first? Only time will tell…

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

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