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Zero-Waste Fast Food?

Zero-Waste Fast Food? Pho Phuong Hong Vietnamese Restaurant

I love Vietnamese food. Unfortunately it falls into the “always in styrofoam” category. So there is only one thing to do when craving Vietnamese food to-go. Bring your own container! On this zero-waste adventure I brought my Corningware dish with lid. The ordering went very smoothly and I was able to get them to agree! I stressed that I wanted the fish sauce poured directly on my favorite Vermicelli meal. Otherwise it would have been put in a plastic container. They had no problem with that but seemed worried that I wouldn’t eat it right away. I assured them I would. Yum yum. I forgot the shrimp came on a skewer but at least that was the only waste. The shrimp shells were put in our solar cone. 

This is an example of a meal I eat semi-regularly. It would make a difference if every time I ordered it for take-out I brought my own container. Now that I have succeeded at it I plan to do it again and again. Next time I will skip the shrimp though!

Would you consider having your own zero-waste adventure? If so please post your pictures to my Facebook page or Tweet me!


Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction. ~E.F. Schumacher


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.


5 thoughts on “Zero-Waste Fast Food? Pho Phuong Hong Vietnamese Restaurant

  1. I love this. I am so bad about the waste that I hate going out to eat and prefer packed picnics. Yesterday I had my grandson and wanted to give him a treat. Unfortunately, he wanted what I call the “big bad arches” (yep McDonalds) this was his day so off we went. I have to say I don’t think I’ve ever been in there in all my years living here. They had beautiful art work on the walls, but what kept distracting me was that there was no way to recycle any of our trash. You guessed it, I brought home anything able to recycle!

    I have one question though, what is a solar cone? I’ve never heard of that.

    Posted by livingsimplyfree | May 18, 2012, 9:28 am
    • It’s great that you took the recycling home!
      I did a post about my green (or solar cone) if you type green cone on my home page you can see my pictures and there are some videos. It is kind of like a composter that you can put all food in even meat and bones. It’s really cool!

      Posted by stephanieough | May 18, 2012, 9:41 am
      • Duh! I should have thought of that before I asked. I have been so busy with outdoor projects that I haven’t been sitting inside and haven’t taken the time to really search your site. But I’m going there when I get home tonight from our towns outdoor concert. Thanks. BTW I do love your site, keep up the good work

        Posted by livingsimplyfree | May 18, 2012, 1:36 pm
      • Thanks I like reading your posts too! I hope you enjoyed the concert. There is nothing like spending time outdoors 🙂

        Posted by stephanieough | May 18, 2012, 3:59 pm


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