b. #BePlasticWise "Eating on the Go"


 Eating On the Go

The Problem: Many restaurants, food trucks and fast food establishments only offer single-use plastic cutlery and containers for all their food.


The Challenge:
 in this month's #BePlasticWiseChallenge is to take non-disposable cutlery and containers with you when you eat out, so you don’t have to use non-recyclable take-out containers.

Here’s something that’s hard to swallow: a large proportion of the litter collecting in garbage bins and along shorelines is made up of take-out waste. A study of four coastal U.S. cities found that takeout food and beverage packaging makes up 67 per cent of our throwaway plastic trash. In Canada, the most common item found during shoreline cleanups are takeout containers.

To combat this, challenge yourself to carry basic reusable cutlery (fork, spoon, chopsticks) in your backpack or bag, as well as a reusable container to use, instead of non-compostable, single-use plastic alternatives. Also, make sure to eat the perishable food in your fridge, so you throw less food away, and so you don't go out for takeout as often.  

 Take a picture of your class and/or coworkers as you embark on your Plastic Wise challenges! Post that picture of you and your students/coworkers using your reusable food containers on our blog, discussion board, or gallery. Be sure to use the hashtag: #BePlasticWise.

Learning Objectives

Discussion questions for your class as you take on the #BePlasticWise challenge:

1) What are ways that plastic is bad for the environment? In what ways can they help the environment?

2) Were you aware of the issues regarding takeout containers/cutlery before doing this challenge?

3) What are your short-term goals in participating in the #BePlasticWise challenge? What are your long-term goals?

Mid- challenge/After the Challenge:

4) Was/is this as difficult as you thought it would be? Why or why not?

5) What was/is your experience of completing this challenge?

6) If you were to design a plastic-free restaurant, how would it work?

Resources to use:

Reusable Containers

Takeout Challenge Video Diary

Living Plastic Wise

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