Sometimes I don’t feel like cooking, and want a quick easy meal. However, a huge percentage of the worlds plastic is derived from takeout – think of all of the plastic bags, containers, knives, forks, spoons, condiment packages etc.
We need to consider the environmental implications of our decisions, and whether convenience is more important than than doing the right thing.
I know, I know – fun police, right? Well the good news is that there are plenty of plastic/waste free options out there, and I’ve compiled a short list for you – enjoy!
Not only are there plenty of healthy options, each sub comes wrapped in paper and paper only. Be sure to politely decline the bag when paying 🙂 I usually get a veggie patty on my sub – they’re made from chickpeas and lentils are are high in protein and low in fat – not to mention cruelty free!
Happiness in a fully recyclable cardboard box – enough said!
Pizza Capers recently came out with their new range of vegan pizzas – I tried them and wasn’t obsessed with them, but they were pretty tasty and it’s nice to see mainstream pizza outlets providing plant based options.
Most Australians have a special place in their heart for a good old kebab – in fact I reckon theres a kebab shop in most decent sized suburbs across the country! More often than not, they come in a foil lined paper bag. They can be pretty hit-or-miss but you definitely cannot go wrong with a felafel kebab. Felafel’s are made from chick peas and herbs and are another delicious high protein/low fat option – especially paired with hummus. In my opinion the best felafel pocket comes from The Pocket at Burleigh Heads – soooooo good.
Other plastic free takeout food options;
Jump on the train, use bamboo chopsticks and pour your soy sauce straight from the bottle. Zero waste!
Fish n Chips
Preferably just the chips – theres no such thing as sustainable seafood these days.
Most Fish n Chip shops wrap their orders in butchers paper, but be sure to specify when you order.
These are your classic, much loved takeout options for Australians.
However when it comes to Cafes and Restaurants, more businesses are taking responsibility and choosing alternatives to plastic, as well as offering discounts for people who bring their own cups or containers.
A great example of this is Responsible Cafes Australia – an organisation that encourages Cafes to promote conscious consumption by rewarding customers for refusing single-use coffee cups. Participating cafes display a poster at their counter that offers a discount for customers who bring their own reusable cup.
It can be difficult to feel as though you’re making a difference by refusing a plastic fork when you look around and see ten other customers using one. But just know that every little positive action is contributing to a much bigger movement. Your decisions matter!
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
― Jane Goodall