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(Mis)fortune Cookie- From @IdealBite

green-lifestyle icon by on 04/15/2009

Eating Less Takeout - Green Living Tip Brought to you by Ideal Bite Cookie

The Bite:
Did your dessert come in a little plastic wrapper? Confucius says: not if you cooked at home from scratch. Attention all takeout fiends - try cooking a meal at home once a week to cut down on trash. In bed.

The Benefits:

  • Lucky numbers: Manufacturers produce more than 15 million tons of polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) each year, but we recycle less than 1% of it. Those plastic utensils are hard to recycle too.
  • Safer Szechuan. Styrofoam is made using cancer-causing benzene and the brain toxin styrene, which can migrate into food.
  • Fortunate palates. Just 'cuz you're not Anthony Bourdain doesn't mean you can't whip up something tasty that's bound to be better for you and the planet.

Want a bigger bite?

Jen BiedermanJen From Renewable Choice Says: I very rarely eat out or get take-out- I just love the creative outlet of cooking at home too much. I also agree with this tip; way too much trash and toxins come of take-out meals. If you love that take-out from your fav. Thai restaurant so much that you just can't give it up, bring in your own reusable containers and ask the staff to pack 'em full of your Pad Thai and Tom Yum- then you can also bring the leftovers to work for lunch the next day! ~Jen

Jen Biederman is a Customer Service and Communications Specialist for Renewable Choice Energy.