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Zero-Waste Fast Food?

Zero-Waste Fast Food? Subway Again

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.


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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