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Zero-Waste Fast Food?

Zero-Waste Fast Food? Mac’s and a Donair place

I had an unexpected visit to the fast food world today and this was the result. The items that are mine are the donair plus the tall Slurpee in my Starbucks to-go cup. My husband sent me to the Mac’s store (like 7-11) to get him and our son a Slurpee. He would normally go but he was home from work with the flu. I am not prepared for multiple Slurpee’s the zero-waste way so I had to buy theirs in disposable cups and used my Starbucks to-go cup for mine. Turns out my larger cup cost the same as my husbands smaller cup so definitely there is a monetary advantage to bringing your own cup. My dear husband also demanded chips so I bought them for him but in a large bag so that it will last longer. I looked at the zero-waste food options available. Well it was more of an option – hotdogs or hotdogs. No bananas, no apples, no donuts, no nothing except for some sad-looking wieners on rolling machine. Just saying no I left the store with my items.

Right next door there is a donair restaurant that I’ve been dying to go to. When I asked for my donair I mentioned I didn’t want any napkins or anything that I would just take it as it was. As I was reminding the donair maker that I would just take it as it was because it is already in a pocket, she put it in a little paper bag. Then she tried to add napkins. I politely refused the napkins but not the bag because it would have just been thrown away anyways. The donair was delicious and maybe worth the little paper bag.

So am I crazy? My best friend informed me that zero-waste fast food is impossible. Maybe, but perhaps it’s worth a shot. How about a pizza place pizza without a box? Or a sushi dinner without little soya sauce packs and throw away plastic containers? Any ideas?


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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