Well, I guess I can’t complete the Green Challenge without doing some kind of weird things. That worm bin is pretty weird, but it’s just under my sink so no one really sees it. Going places and asking for drinks without a straw is sort of weird, but maybe people just think I don’t want to get wrinkles from using a straw.
Now I’ll start to take my own to-go container into restaurants- that is obviously an eco-friendly statement. No hiding that one under my sink. And good! Sure I can make all of these changes and reduce my carbon footprint, but it’s even better if I can make someone think twice about their impact on the environment.
In order to be slightly less weird, I decided to buy a reusable to-go container that looks like the typical Styrofoam ones from restaurants. Styrene (the main ingredient in Styrofoam) is listed as a possible carcinogen according to the EPA. Also, production of Styrofoam creates lots of polluting by-products that can get into our air and water. I’m glad that I’ll still be able to take leftovers home while avoiding nasty, disposable containers filled with chemicals.