We’re about to hit the road again. A challenge to use nothing disposable while travelling is really difficult. There just aren’t any options for eating on the road. Eating in the car would require prepackaged food, or having prepared things in advance. Since this was an unplanned trip, for the most part, it was not on my radar to make travel snacks.
My family and I visited my favorite restaurant in Wisconsin, LeDuc’s Custard Shop. I brought in my supplies, so as not to use anything disposable. They would not allow me to use any of it. “Health department regulations. Sorry, we just can’t do it.” How does a national chain like Starbucks get away with it then? They have accommodated every request in every state so far.
I think restaurants could to more to generate less waste. I think as consumers, we could help the process by asking for alternatives. If we all, on some small level, chose to not take all of the paper and plastic items when there’s a choice, that would make them rethink what is unnecessary. Honestly, this is the most frustrating challenge I’ve done. Even if I’m accomplishing my goal, there’s just no progress seen in it. Yes, I rescued a straw and paper napkin from its landfill fate, but how many billions are still going there?
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