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Zero-Waste Fast Food?

Zero-Waste Fast Food? A & W Breakfast

A&W seemed like a good enough place to try to get my first zero-waste fast food breakfast. Not only do they have the traditional breakfast sandwich combo but many other options including bacon, eggs and toast. I brought in my pie plate because it’s about the size of a dinner plate but with higher sides. The woman behind the till was very helpful. She thought my pie plate was a great idea and agreed that there is a lot of waste that comes with fast food eating. After I made my choice she brought the plate to the cooks for me. She filled my coffee but unfortunately they only have packaged creamers so I had to leave it black. When my food was ready it was sent to the front and all that needed to be added was the hashbrown. I did ask for no paper sleeve at the beginning but she tried to give it to me anyways. When reminded, she took it off and placed it in what I believe was a little garbage on the counter. Refusing the offer of a fork, knife and a couple of paper napkins was easy. It was disappointing about the hashbrown sleeve that was wasted and the black coffee. I grabbed my stuff and headed to work. Luckily I work beside a Starbucks that has cream in refillable containers so the problem of the black coffee was solved quickly. Overall this trip was successful. Next time I would refuse the hashbrown altogether to avoid the waste.


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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