I envision a future, where businesses don’t provide any single-use product anymore, no matter whether it’s plastic or paper. The restaurants would have the option to provide us with three options:
You either dine in (where you eat from ceramic/porcelain plates that get cleaned and theoretically used indefinitely)
You bring your own food storage container which could be made from glass, stainless steel, or plastic. Let’s compare LCA’s to find out which one is best!
The restaurant provides a container that is based on a deposit system.
A great initiative that is being applied in the majority of restaurants in my home city is Vytal. The service is free if you return the container within 14 days back to any restaurant that uses this service. The incentive for restaurants to use these containers over single-use materials is the money saved for purchasing bags, plates, cutlery, etc.
A big part of waste also comes from food deliveries, where the same system could be applied.
I would love to see a law being passed, which would force us all to be better organized and always carry food containers with us or make returnable free containers the norm in restaurants. #UnleashValues
If you want to know more about the deposit containers, that's their link.