TO REDUCE WASTE WHILE EATING OUT
- Eat at restaurants that use real dishes.
- As a second choice eat at restaurants that serve food in compostable and/or recyclable containers AND who recycle and compost the containers.
- As a third choice buy carryout at restaurants that serve in compostable or recyclable containers if you can compost/recycle them at home. Request no straws or plastic utensils when ordering.
- Ask your favorite restaurant if they will compost or recycle.
- Bring your own to-go or leftovers containers–or ask for tin foil and recycle it at home.
- Some restaurants have switched from Styrofoam to other take-out containers. These are not recyclable if the paper containers have plastic coating. Ask restaurants to offer compostable take out containers and cutlery instead of plastic coated paper.
WHERE TO BUY COMPOSTABLE PRODUCTS LOCALLY
- Cub West has Wild Harvest cutlery, Repurpose compostable straws plus Shoppers Value and Chinet uncoated paper plates that can be composted. CUB East has straws plus Chinet and Shoppers Value compostables.
- Both Mankato Cub stores have 2-3 gallon, 13 gallon and 33 gallon compostable bags in their bag aisles.
- Downtown HyVee carries 3 gallon Biobags in their bag aisle. In the paper plate aisle they have That’s Smart! and Chinet uncoated paper plates, as well as, compostable straws and cutlery.
- Hilltop HyVee Natural Market has cutlery, muffin cups, parchment paper and wax paper that are compostable. They carry Chinet, Hefty Eco Save and Simply Done in the paper plate aisle, plus compostable straws & cutlery.
- Target is carrying a brand of food wrap and food storage bags in many sizes called “Matter”. They also have Matter compostable straws and Restore natural straws. Find these in the bag aisle near the Pharmacy.
RESTAURANTS WITH COMPOSTABLE TAKE-OUT CONTAINERS
- All take-out cardboard pizza boxes are compostable
- Coffee Hag
- Mom & Pop’s
- Dickeys BBQ
- Pizza Ranch chicken boxes
- Tandem Bagels
- Wooden Spoon
- River Rock Coffee
- Massad’s at River Hills Mall Food Court
BEWARE OF “GREEN-WASH”
Saying it’s compostable is not enough. Look for the logos: