While it’s not really green or frugal to eat fast food, we all know sometimes it happens. It’s not ideal because it’s nowhere near as healthy as cooking from scratch, and it’s not as frugal either. Here are a few tips to be a little greener with your fast food and carry out (is that an oxymoron?!)
Park the car and go in. Sitting in the drive thru wastes money and gas while the car is idling.
Refuse the bag. Many fast food chains bag their food in plastic bags that get tossed in the garbage.
Only take what condiments you need. Unless you’re the extra frugal person that takes ketchup from fast food restaurants home with them, limit yourself on the number of packets of ketchup and napkins you use. The small packaging creates a lot of waste.
Don’t use the plastic utensils. Chances are you’ll throw them away when done. If you’re doing carry out, use your own utensils at home. If you’re super green, carry bamboo sporks.
Order vegetarian. It’s a healthier option, and many fast food places now offer salads. Save money and your waistline!
Skip the drink holder. That’s extra cardboard (or whatever it’s made of) that will end up in the landfill.
How often do you order take out or fast food?