Plastic To-Go Containers Are Bad, but Are the Alternatives Any Better? | Civil Eats
Certain restaurants and cafes are starting to promote the old, long-forgotten culture of using durable, reusable, refillable containers, reducing the consumption-based 'disposable' usage everyone is now accustomed to.
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It’s important to nail down why you want to go plastic-free. Having a strong, defined sense of purpose will help you stay the course when things inevitably get tough and inconvenient.
The most common "why" of a plastic-free lifestyle is a sense of responsibility to help both the environment and society.
It’s a matter of reducing where you can and reusing the plastic you can’t avoid. Because absolute zero-waste is actually not possible.
You have to think of how exactly do you stop using it. So you first have to understand what’s truly feasible.
Perhaps the best place for people to start cutting out plastic is in your drinking habits:
It is more efficient to brew one cup at a time and you can choose from a great variety. However, it can be very costly. The excess packaging also causes environmental problems.
Using regular ground coffee with a reusable filter in your single-cup brewer may be a little more work, but will save you money.
Popcorn is a great, healthy snack.
Instead of buying popcorn in microwave bags, one can also pop corn at home for much less than the bagged kind.
Bottled water drinkers give 3 main reasons for their choice: