5 Tips to using your own container

Getting take out or food in my own containers was one of the most nerve-wracking experiences I’ve ever had – the first time that I did it. Now, it is a semi-regular occurrence (I don’t eat out very often) that doesn’t phase me at all – And I want to help you to take that step too! Here are 5 tips to getting takeout in your own container.

  1. Learn the laws – Come prepared. Stores might dismiss you with the excuse that it is a health and safety issue, so it is important to know what the laws are where you live. If you can find the official company policy of where you shop, this can also help. If you know your stuff, you have a much better chance of getting what you want.
  2. Be Prepared and Clean – Don’t give them an excuse to say no to you because your container isn’t clean. It is even a good idea to use new-ish looking containers – with no stains.
  3. Be confident – When I was first starting out on my Zero Waste journey, it was listening to Bea Johnson talk about this topic that really helped me – she says to walk in and ask for the item in your own container as if you do it every day, and it is a normal occurrence. Asking if it is okay might lead to them thinking about it too much.
  4. Be kind – If someone says no to you, remember that they are not the enemy. It is fine to ask to speak to a supervisor or a manager, but just remember, working in customer service is hard enough – and the cashier or attendant is often only following orders from their boss.
  5. Don’t get discouraged – If a store says no, try again next time, talk to them about changing their policy or, where possible, try a different store. Don’t let one “no” get you down.

If you have any other tips or tricks to using your own container – I would love to hear them. Leave a comment below, or tag Minimize The Waste on Instagram.

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