I just started another quilting class last night (Stack ‘n Whack, this time!). The quilt shop is right next door to my favorite Thai restaurant in downtown Paso, so Mondays for the next month will be Thai Take-out Mondays. We did the same thing last time I had quilting classes, and I always felt a little depressed afterward with the waste of it all. Each time I picked up Thai take-out, I would also pick up one large paper bag, at least one plastic bag, two styrofoam containers, one wax-coated paper container, two to three plastic forks, and a stack of paper napkins. Multiply that by four, and that’s what we alone used for the entire month. So wasteful!
On my way out the door yesterday, I grabbed my sewing machine and all of my notions. And then I packed an oil cloth bag with my own containers and a few old plastic bags, just in case. After class, I placed my order and handed the waitress my bag of containers. I also told her that I didn’t need any utensils or napkins, thank you very much. She looked at me like I was crazy, but when the food was ready, it was all neatly packed in my containers, no waste.
Taylor laughed at me, of course. I’m used to that. But after dinner, he said, “You know, the best part of this whole container thing is that we just put the lids back on and put everything in the fridge, no clean-up necessary!”
I plan on doing this every time I order take-out from now on. And maybe even when we go out to those restaurants that give you way too much food… maybe I’ll just bring my own left-over container in my purse. And maybe if more people give this a try, my waitress won’t look at me like I’m crazy anymore. Oh, and we’ll reduce our footprint.