In the months since the coronavirus pandemic took hold, our eating habits have shifted dramatically, from dining out at restaurants to eating restaurant food at home. This provides us with a rare opportunity to remind everyone to shift your habits now – and forever – in another vital way, for the good of the environment: When you order restaurant food to pick up or have delivered to your home, please forgo single-use plastics and other materials that cannot be recycled.
When you order take-out, make a specific request for the restaurant to NOT include disposable plasticware (utensils, stirrers, straws and cups). Whenever possible, request no condiments and drink lids.
Between your efforts and the natural evolution of restaurants from polystyrene to cardboard and other recyclable to-go food containers, we can turn this global hardship into a win for the planet. This one act will make a significant difference in the tons of trash that go to the landfill every day.
Even as life returns to normal, we sincerely hope this is a cultural shift that sticks. Being neither biodegradable nor recyclable, single-use plastic is a massive waste in general and a bane of trash collection – and the Earth.