When we place a takeout order, we let the restaurant know that we will be bringing our own containers to put the food directly in to and that we be bringing our own bag. We also keep an “emergency” kit with us so that if we make a last-minute decision to grab a meal on the go while we are out and about, we are prepared with our reusable containers.
It often takes the person on the other end of the phone a minute to wrap their head around what we are asking for, but once they do, they are usually happy to comply. We have actually had some restaurants thank us for doing our part to help the environment.
The more people that start making the reusable request, the easier it will be for restaurants to get on board. So, Edmontonians, my challenge to you is this - the next time you order takeout, tell the restaurant to skip the disposables and bring your own. The Earth will thank you.