Fast Food Gets Eco-Friendlier

We are living in an “out of sight out of mind” culture today that, in reality, is doing all of us more harm than good.One area where this is especially true is in the area of eating out.

Did you know that according to recent figures, Mc Donalds raked in excess of 22 BILLION dollars in 2008? Burger King is number 2… and by stark contrast, it raked in a little over 2 Billion. That blows my mind.

The point however, is that these are just 2 restaurant chains… can you imagine the packaging for all of those burgers, fries and shakes? And then add to that the packaging from Dairy Queen, Taco Time, KFC, Sonic, A&W… etc, etc.

I am not going to suggest that we should stop eating fast food (I think we have to be realistic about these things) but what would happen if people started bringing their own re-usable containers to fast food restaurants?

By considering the numbers for just McDonalds and Burger King, it is clear that any real movement where by large numbers of people started asking to have their Mc Meal placed into their own container could have a considerable impact on waste.

So how bout it? What would it really take to make that happen?

I know that I could keep a container in my car (in case I have a sudden urge for a drive-through) Most of us have travel mugs and don’t think twice about offering it up for a re-fill. Asking for our meals to be placed in our own personal containers does not seem to be much of a stretch from there.

For family eating, I suppose I could grab a few larger containers and just ask them to stack the food in the containers; Or each family member could have their own re-usable containers and beverage bottles. I can do that. Can you do that? We can all do that… right? Will it kill anyone to bring containers?… It might kill us if we don’t.

About La Velle Goodwin

La Velle Goodwin is a guest blogger for Green Napkin. Green Napkin is devoted to promoting eco-friendly practices in the hospitality and restaurant industries. We provide green education and certification for those within those industries and encourage positive moves among average folks everywhere to make our planet a cleaner, greener place to be.
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