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Zero-Waste Fast Food?

Zero-Waste Fast Food? Sushi #1

I went to a sushi restaurant prepared with my Pyrex container.  I was approached by a friendly employee. I asked right away if I could use my own container for a take-out order. She had no problem with my request so I ordered and paid. I told her that I did not want any little packs of soy sauce or any plastic. Just the food and no plastic grass, please. When my order was ready she asked me to come over. She was showing me that she wanted to put Saran Wrap over my dish. I refused politely the wrap. They offered sauce for the gyoza but weren’t sure about the container. I just refused that too. I was never pushed to take any chopsticks, napkins, soy sauce or bags. The amount of waste that still ended up on my plate disappointed and excited me. I learned a few things that will help me with my next attempt. Bring a little container to fill up with soy sauce that they keep on each table. Ask for less wasabi and no ginger (my preference of course). In order for it to be completely zero-waste the shrimp cannot be ordered. Sadly, no Shrimp Tempura. After being surprised by the paper under the gyoza, I learned to tell them you don’t care if the dumplings stick. Here is all my waste. The happy part is I will have to try again 🙂 and I love Sushi! Left over wasabi and ginger + 1 plastic grass + 1 shrimp tail + a piece of paper = an unsuccessful attempt at zero-waste fast food.

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Just an additional mention of Starbucks. I had a very successful zero-waste coffee date with a friend recently. Here is a photo…

See real plates and everything! Have a great day 🙂

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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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