My second attempt at a zero-waste sub lunch was a lot easier. The previous towel idea was not ideal so it was worth re-visiting. As I entered the line-up a boy was doing surveys and handing out free cookie coupons. I took a coupon. When I went to the counter I asked for no paper right away. I got a meatball sub because it’s one of the meat options that doesn’t come pre-portioned between paper or a cup. After the sandwich artist finished with my veggies I handed him my Rubbermaid container to put it in. Miraculously the 6 inch sub fit perfectly! I asked the cashier for my cookie not in a bag and that went smoothly too. Considering the coupon never left the restaurant I would think that the paper doesn’t really count. Letting them know not to give me a receipt I left Subway with what I wanted and what I came with – a sub in my own container. I think this was a success… plus I got a free cookie which is always a good thing.
I read a person’s blog yesterday about a zero-waste fast food lunch. In it the writer talks about recycling the packaging they give you so that your impact is reduced. This is not my interpretation of true zero-waste. I am striving with every fast-food visit I blog about to not receive anything that would need recycling or throwing away. In attempting this and some other efforts I hope to answer for myself if true zero-waste is possible in North America today.