3 Easy Ways to Reduce Waste When Eating Out.

13 Sep 2016 3 Easy Ways to Reduce Waste When Eating Out.

Fair Food Forager is built on the idea that millions of daily micro decisions can have a massive effect at a macro level.

In Australia alone, the take away coffee cup market is a $30 million dollar a year industry Read more. About 1.1 million coffee cups are thrown out in Australia everyday. A single day of disposable coffee cups used around the world equals 1.4 billion cups. End to end that is about 3 ½ times the circumference of the globe. This is a lot of rubbish.

The good news is, there is a growing trend of cafés, restaurants, and individuals, consciously reducing the amount of waste they create. (Erin Rhodes of the Rogue Ginger collects a years waste in a jar, co-ops and bulk food suppliers like The Flame Tree and The Source provide glass jars for pantry staples, and cafés like Bread Espresso & are going plastic free).

I get that there will be times when it’s not going to be possible to sit down and enjoy a meal or even a cup of coffee. I have my trusty keep cup, which I carry everywhere. And I use a Keep Cup because it was designed to fit perfectly with a espresso machine. Read more. Taller reusable coffee cups are too large to fit on the grill of a coffee machine and your barista may need to use a disposable cup to drip your coffee into before pouring (defeats the purpose). Keep Cup was designed for baristas to pour your coffee the exact way you like it. There are glass or plastic Keepcups, in various sizes, and plastic Keep Cups are fully recyclable as well.

So my favourite ways to reduce waste include;

1. Buy a Keep Cup, you can design it yourself
2. Say no to straws

and my favourite.
3. "ask for a glass". - Relax and watch the world go by.

Your decisions change the way that things are done, you literally have that power. If enough of us make the effort to turn down straws, or start using our feet to support the cafe or restaurant who cares. Pretty soon, others will notice, they already are.

Paul Hellier - Founder

 

By using the Fair Food Forager App, you are supporting businesses that care, while making better food choices. Over time, we hope to encourage businesses to increase their levels of sustainable practice, while showing other cafes, restaurants and grocers that there is a business reason to be more ethical.

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