One Small Step: don’t take it to go

One Small Step is our attempt to show you all how easy it can be to improve your health, and the health of the planet. Each week, we’ll take one more little step and encourage you to take it with us. This week, I’m thinking about my prodigious waste generation and committing to:

Stop taking food to go.

I was on my way home from an errand (walking, naturally), and noticed that new, funky coffee shop on 28th. I’d run for a few miles and needed a cup of water and was entranced with the vegan cupcakes in the pastry case. “I’ll take one to go,” I said.

A few minutes later, I was walking down Holgate, holding an empty paper bag with a few traces of vegan chocolate frosting (awesome, by the way) and an empty plastic water cup. Suddenly I realized how much waste such a small decision — to take my food and drink to go — had generated. Had I stayed at the coffee shop for five minutes, I could have foregone the paper bag altogether and drunk deeply from a real glass, creating far less waste, saving money for the business owner, and even better: enjoying the ambiance for a little while.

I committed then to change my ways, and get it for here whenever possible. Maybe I’ll see you at the Funky Door sometime … the cupcakes are on me!

Author by Sarah Gilbert