If I just wrote the basics about getting this Koya Japan Beef Teriyaki meal this post would be 25 words long. I simply asked the cashier if the cook could just put the meal in my own container. She said yes and then he did. Easy. To expand, they have all of their ingredients in metal containers and then cook them in front of you. The last thing they do is scoop up your meal and put it in either a to-go styrofoam container or on a plate. They had no problem putting it into my container for me and seemed happy to do it.
My husband witnessed one of my zero-waste meals for the first time (which was very cool). We dined together in the food court. He had the full waste version of food-court food while I enjoyed my zero-waste meal. My container served two purposes today – dish and doggy bag. When I was full the lid went on and it went into my bag to take home. I had an extra container that we used to bring home my husbands left over curly fries.
It seems the key to less waste is thinking ahead. Bringing the containers to the mall made eating out with no waste a reality.
Would you be willing to bring your own containers to the mall next time you have a food-court craving?