Do you have a drawer like this in your home? The one where you throw all those extra soy sauce, red pepper, and ketchup packets in addition to all the plastic utensils and chopsticks that automatically come with our take out/food deliveries? The one you’re afraid to open because it’s packed with stuff? We have named it the “junk drawer” in my home. Here at ReThink Disposable, we want to help you free up this drawer for other things in your home like your reusable foodware items (this includes metal straws and bamboo utensils) that you can easily throw in your bag before you leave the house for eating out or take-out. Or have you ever thought, why do I need all this disposable packaging if I am eating at home?
One of our goals is to help businesses reduce the amount of disposables they use in their operations to prevent litter, waste, plastic pollution, and marine debris. Businesses stand to save significant money too when they reduce the amount of disposable packaging they have to continually repurchase, restock, and discard. This includes asking people if they need these unnecessary disposable items before automatically throwing them in the bag along with our food. I feel like 9 times out of 10 people are taking this food straight home or even to their office where they have a bottle of ketchup in the fridge and a drawer full of silverware. Giving you a handful of these things is also a cost to the business. A lot of these items aren’t cheap and if they go out the door with every take-out order, it adds up. Businesses should implement an "ASK FIRST" policy for all extra packaging, or when you place an order for delivery or take-out, just say "NO!" to the extra packaging (in case the business doesn't have a good ASK FIRST policy). Maybe this is a part of a larger conversation, like getting all these apps, namely DoorDash and Grubhub, to have an option for no disposables (and having the businesses honor that) and helping people gain the courage to tell the business over the phone that they don’t need napkins and 10 forks.
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of having to clean out this drawer with 5-year old mustard packets and plastic forks I will never use. I actually emptied all the red pepper flake packets into an empty spice jar so I’d remember to use it, even when I’m cooking something else.
Let's reach out to Grubhub and Doordash and let them know we want them to make disposable cutlery, napkins, condiments, and straws by request only (or to at least have an opt in/out option available and honored by both the driver and the restaurant!)