Plastic / Waste free takeaways

Yep crazy plastic reducing NZ Ecochick does it again. Upsetting the norm of things he he. I wanted Chinese takeaways for tea; there is a great place near mum and dad’s that does a fantastic egg fu yung and stir fry tofu and vegetables but then there is the dilemma of what to do with the plastic containers. Simple bring your own!
So I rang my order through (I must mention I actually couldn’t tell you the last time I had takeaways maybe four months ago?) and asked if I could bring my own container in. First I was told they don’t normally do this, not good enough for me so I asked them to ask the chef (?) and he said it would take longer. All good with me.
So I went on it with my glass containers (well one was mums), handed them over, waited and was handed my lovely containers back with yummy hot food in it. Oh and do not put them in a plastic bag thank you very much missy! I can tell you this was the best meal from their place ever!
The peeps working in the store didn’t seem to phased by me coming in with my containers actually most people are very accommodating when I hand over my containers. I got some surprised looks as I left the takeaway store and I tell you I felt rather proud walking out head held high, hugging my glass containers.
I can’t believe I never thought of doing this (I guess since I don’t get takeaways often I had no need). From now on I will always ask if I can bring in my own containers and if they say no well I won’t visit their store. Have you ever or do you bring your own containers to the store? or for takeaways? Go on I dare you!
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5 thoughts on “Plastic / Waste free takeaways

  1. September 13, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I take my containers to get sushi a few times per week, and the shop keepers are fine with that. I do feel proud and hope that I get the fellow customers thinking.

  2. September 14, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Nice one! And even better that you didn’t have them in a bag, everyone would have seen them and wondered how they can get their takeaway in glass.

  3. September 15, 2013 at 5:13 am

    In the 70s my mum always took our saucepans(probably pitted ones) to local Chinese for takeaway….don’t think they invented placcy containers back then…:-) lol…taking glass ones is a great idea…:-)

  4. Maria
    November 1, 2013 at 7:06 am

    i’ve tried doing that, and have been refused, and have been explained by (very helpful and understanding, really) deli ladies that it’s a food safety issue. basically, they need to make sure that everything they touch is guaranteed/certified clean, hence the hairnets and the gloves and the suits.

    if they touch my container, then as much as i am trying to do the right thing, they cannot guarantee that i haven’t got anything on it that poses a food safety risk to others. they could potentially do that if they put on new gloves, and then threw away gloves straight afterwards – but then they wouldn’t even be able to put that container on a table while they lift food in it.

    i wish it wasn’t like that, but on the other hand i could totally understand where they are coming from, because they really did understand my request and took time to talk to me and apologize.

    in a friend’s kitchen, it’s not a big deal because it’s based on trust, but when it comes to commercial food handling, they have a responsibility for A LOT of people’s health, so yeah, here you go.