Monday, May 11, 2009

No Take-Out Challenge Hits Brooklyn and Beyond...

Brooklyn Green Team Presents
In partnership with GreenEdge Collaborative NYC

No Take-Out Challenge
3 months. 3 meals a day

Do it for your wallet! Do it for the planet
SIGN UP! Email and write "I Take No More!" (include first & last name and zip)
PACKAGING STATISTICS: What are we doing?
Almost 1/3 of the waste generated in the US is from packaging! Plastic takes 1,000 years to decompose (and really it just keeps getting smaller and smaller)

The US population tosses out enough paper and plastic cups, forks and spoons every year to circle the equator 300 times. Read that again

Paper comes from trees. Plastic comes from oil. To obtain either one, worldwide forests are being contaminated and destroyed

This great article from Greenbiz suggests ways your company can begin to use eco-friendlier take-out packaging. is also an excellent resource for statistics on take-out containers.

This article from gives helpful tips on what to do with the glut of take-out containers piling up in your cabinets. It also describes an initiative by the New York based group, The Eco-Agents, in which customers can request to use their own take-out containers from Restaurants.

This article from The Daily Green lists the ten most (and least) green containers. It contains the pluses and minuses on take-out containers from Styrofoam (Least Green) to Cardboard Boxes (Not As Green As You Might Think) to Edible/Inedible Containers Made From Food (Cha-Ching!).

This article from Diamondback Online describes an initiative at the University of Maryland to reduce take-out container uses and discusses the difficulties and successes they had in attaining their goals.
SOLUTIONS: Sure You Can!
Breakfast at Home. Pack Your Lunch. Stay at the Restaurant.
If you must take something to go, get a sandwich or burrito wrapped only in foil (and reuse it) and put in your own bag or tote.
Check our blog for suggestions on restaurants that use eco-friendly packaging.

*We define take-out as either delivery or going into a restaurant and having it wrapped up "to-go." We're not in this case referring to taking your left-overs with you - although we encourage you to try brining your own tupperware.