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Zero-Waste Fast Food? Tokyo Grill (Food Court)

You never know what’s possible unless you ask. I almost didn’t attempt this zero-waste meal because I was intimidated by a weight scale. No, not a human weight scale! Tokyo Grill has many veggies and meats thinly sliced that you choose yourself then they weigh it to let you know your meals price. This is similar to Mongolian Grills that I have been to.


My mind started to make up stuff. Would they say no to using my containers? How would they weigh my container on their scale? I decided to ask anyways. It turns out that they have a stack of stainless steel oval trays that you put your choices on. They then weigh the tray and the contents get put on the grill. The owner was more than happy to put the food in my container. He started by putting some rice in and then added the rest. Looking behind the counter I noticed that the food would have been given on a styrofoam plate or a styrofoam take-out container. One less piece of styrofoam used!! This was another totally successful zero-waste fast food visit.


Another extra zero-waste fast food visit was a sit down coffee with my mom at Tim Hortons. We had to specify that we wanted real cups and a real plate. Sharing the donut was my moms idea. I don’t really like to share! I asked for a knife so that we could cut it in half. The worker started reaching for a plastic knife. When I asked her for one of the real ones that was a few more feet away she seemed put out. Come on! Why should I use a plastic one if they have metal ones? Really.


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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