Lots of the compostable packaging out there isn’t suitable for home composting or our commercial composting facilities. Plus, compostable packaging is still single use, so even if it is composted, it has used energy and resources being produced and transported, and then is used once and discarded.
The result? Most compostable packaging ends up in landfill, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions as it breaks down. Avoiding single-use packaging, whether plastic, compostable, or something else, is the way to go.
Here are five ideas of how you can enjoy takeaways and eating out with a clear conscience.
1. Bring your own reusable cup or bowl
Take your reusable cup, cutlery and bowl to your favourite eatery. Most local eateries will fill clean and dry containers with your order. In fact, you might even get a little discount!
Don’t forget that you can ask for your fresh juice, smoothies and bubble teas to be put into your reusable cup too.
Fancy some lunch from your local supermarket? Most supermarkets allow you to bring your own containers to the deli, meat and seafood counters. Check your local supermarket’s website to learn more, or visit our Sustainable Shopping webpage.
2. Forgot your own bowl or cup? Borrow one!
Forgot your container? Don’t worry. Waste Minimisation Seed Fund recipients, Reusabowl, Cupcycling and Again Again provide rentable takeaway containers and cups at many Wellington eateries. Head to their websites to see where you can get food or drinks in these containers near you.
If you already have a Reusabowl, Cupcycling cup, or Again Again container, many non-participating eateries will accept these containers providing they are clean and dry.