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Zero-Waste Fast Food?

Zero-Waste Fast Food? 7-11

Today I came to work prepared with a Rubbermaid container and my Starbucks cold beverage cup with built-in straw. I decided to walk over to the 7-ll for lunch because some of my co-workers do and I figured it was worth adding as a location. I checked with the cashier on the way in about my to-go cup and she assured me that I could put Slurpee in it for the small refill price. Sweet! Walking over to the fresh food area after getting my drink I realized that there were many options. Yes, 7-11 sells lots of food items in plastic containers but they also have bananas, apples, donuts, hotdogs, chicken wings and much more that you can ask for that is not already placed in packaging. I put my drink on the counter then asked for 2 corn dogs and 9 wedges without any napkins or anything just put in my container. I told her that I wanted a donut too and I would put it in the container after the other stuff was in it. After paying and putting my donut on my lid I walked back to work waste free.

The cashier was professional. She did not make any faces when I requested the container be used. Overall I would consider this attempt a success. 7-11 would not be a place regularly visited by me but at least I know that zero-waste fast food is possible in a gas station of all places! If I can succeed in there maybe McDonald’s isn’t an impossible dream.


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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