If you eat take out, read this

It’s no secret that the planet is suffering from our obsession with comfort and convenience. But, can’t we have the best of both worlds?

Here’s how to have take out without taking out the planet.

BYOC – Bring your own container

It’s a thing. See this Forbes article about all the heckin’ humans doin the BYOC thing.

When you order, let them know you have or will be bringing your own container. Many restaurants have embraced this already, especially in cities like New York and San Francisco, but don’t be surprised if you are the first one to introduce them to the concept. If the restaurant has any health department concerns, tell them to put it in their own washable dishes first then transfer it to yours – BE SPECIFIC that you are trying to reduce waste. I’ve seen baristas pour coffee into plastic cups then transfer it to the glass cup I requested… major *face palm*

What The Law Says About Using Your Reusable Containers

Here are some of our favorite reusable containers for take out:

Use your own utensils

There are more plastic forks and knives on earth right now than people. That’s preposterous!

End the insanity by carrying around your own utensils. Not only is it convenient for you, it’s also considerate to the planet. Win-win.

Here’s a few of our favorite sustainable reusable cutlery and utensil sets:


BYOB – Bring Your Own Bag

If you’re ordering a few meals or a cuisine with various components, you might need a bag to carry it out. Bring your own and save yourself from the weirdness of a sweaty plastic bag or damp paper bag. Most reusable grocery bags can be thrown in the laundry if they get wet or mussed.

Here’s a few options for reusable bags to use for takeout:

Use your own condiments

When it comes to things like BBQ sauce, dressings, ketchup and soy sauce – these are things you can buy in bulk (or better yet, get from refill stores) and skip the little packets. When it comes to things like Chick-fil-A sauce, well that’s a different story… But if you’re committed, skip it! Your body and the planet will thank you.


Well, there you have it. That’s how you can reduce your waste when ordering takeout. Thank you in advance for being a Heckin’ Sustainable human.

About the author

@lifeyasiknowit is the self- proclaimed emblematic love child of yuppie and hippie mentalities. When she’s not busy dreaming up business ventures she’ll probably never actualize, she’s helping others achieve theirs through PR and digital marketing. Special talents include holding back tears while photographing cute weddings, being mediocre at surfing/wakeboarding and reciting the entire One Man Wolfpack speech from The Hangover. So, here’s to a life with Natural and Artificial Flavors, cheers!