Americans toss out enough paper and plastic cups, forks and spoons every year to circle the equator 300 times, and K.B. Lee is trying to do something about it. He has founded TakeOutWithOut (TOWO) to convince restaurants to encourage and accommodate people who bring their own containers.
TOWO has its own 3Rs, as explained by Ellen Moorhouse in the Toronto-based newspaper The Star:
Refuse (Do you really need all of those straws, plastic cutlery and napkins?); Retake (Bring your own containers, cups and bags.); and Reconsider (Take a look at your eating habits, and maybe, like Lee, make some changes.)
TOWO is inviting restaurants to encourage people to bring their own containers (many resist, worried about health and safety) and urging patrons to cut back. It is perhaps a good first step, although I would rather see deposits on everything and producer responsibility.
Retake and Reconsider: Two more to add to our seven R’s. One might also try the 25 Take-Out Foods You Can Make at Home For Cheaper. More at TakeOutWithOut.
By Llyod Alter, TreeHugger