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MINDY_SUE Posts: 1,983
5/19/08 5:22 A

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We don't eat out that often, but you can buy great stainless containers to take with you (this might have already been mentioned). I found somewhere that takes unwanted nasty packing peanuts - thank goodness because I hated throwing them away so I had a huge bag collecting in the closet.

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5/19/08 1:57 A

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I post a lot (lots of free time at work,,, emoticon ), but everyday, I do my errands by bicycle, so it counts towards my exercises... I bike at least one hour a day..... Oh, and I am a points fanatic. I rarely miss one day so... there you go... LOL

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5/19/08 1:51 A

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Ouch... well, tell them anyways!

BTW, how did u manage to get so many points? are you constantly on a treadmill or something? hahaha

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5/19/08 1:39 A

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hihi,

It is almost unbelievable, but I do not know anybody that recycles around here... fantastic, isn't it?

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HHHBYE Posts: 2,908
5/19/08 12:01 A

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Thats great Willam!

Maybe you should share the location with others living in your area?



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5/18/08 11:55 P

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Lissa,

You don't. Styrofoam cannot be recycled with plastic it is a specific and separate process. I am happy because yesterday I found a place that takes styrofoam, so from now on I do not have to put them in the trash.

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MISSMELISSA1013 Posts: 157
5/18/08 11:39 P

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i also hate take out containers and wonder what to do with them when i go to recycle, ok so who can answer the question, do we put them in the paper or plastic bins? none of the places i go to recycle say styrafoam

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5/15/08 9:44 P

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hmmmmm......that makes me think. I have a friend who runs an eBay business from her home and she is always shipping stuff and looking for packing peanuts. I wonder if she could use styrofoam cut up for packing? Not that I want to contribute to more styrofoam but if I get it, that could be a useful way to get rid of it.

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5/15/08 9:12 A

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great site Hihi!

In fact i do use all the styrofoam that I get packing stuff. I am always mailing things to brazil (my kids, friends, family) and it is very useful. So my styrofoam does not go to the garbage....

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5/15/08 9:07 A

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Mel,

that was funny!

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HHHBYE Posts: 2,908
5/14/08 11:58 P

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Well, you could print this page and show her why you are taking your own container, and why it could be a good idea to encourage other people to do so:

www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/218
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well, I just did it tonight. we went to eat at our favorite Thai place and I took my own container. My husband thought I was crazy but I insisted on putting my food in my container rather than the styrofoam container. the owner tried to insist several times she would give me the container but i finally prevailed. she just walked away shaking her head. it felt really good. emoticon

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HAHAHAHAHAHA

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5/14/08 12:15 P

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Will,

I think I will start taking my own containers...if people give me a funny look I'll just hug a tree on my way out (you know they'd expect it anyway!)


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5/14/08 10:24 A

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Will, All the comebacks one could think up for them emoticon
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Dkoland,

I usually get "the look" from other costumers (being latin does not help! LOL), the restaurant staff is Ok with it. The other costumers are the "problem".

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Mhmm... this might be an Asia thing but around here it is rather unlikely that such a feat would ever be popular. Extreme humidity and heat lead to easy spoiling of food, and carelessly washed containers can make a customer have food poisoning, but that would be impossible to prove and the restaurant in question would end up having to own up...

It sounds like a great option though, so maybe ML can ask her workplace if they would be interested in putting up some signs to incentive customers to bring their own containers? (and get a 10 cent discount or something)... Random idea, as I have no clue in what kind of place u work at :D

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5/14/08 9:57 A

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Since the restaurant has to pay for the containers you use to take leftovers home, can't imagine they would really mind (except buffets where they don't like people doing the take home thing anyway).

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5/14/08 9:56 A

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Marylouk,

I don't have a problem at all putting my own food in the container... In fact, i do not expect the server to do that for me. I just cant' stand all the garbage I produce. So I try to reduce it as much as I can.

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I'm a server, and I definitely would put leftovers in tupperware for people. The only thing is they probably can't go back into the kitchen so in some places you would have to pack it yourself.

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5/14/08 9:11 A

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Love it. I was just thinking of walking into my local chinese take out and asking them to fill my containers with my order. I hate the leaky cardboard containers that they use except for rice, which I usually don't order as the calorie count is too high for the flavor received.

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Ladybug,

As everything different, people in the restaurants are going to give you "the look" when you pull your own container for the leftovers. I don't care. I really don't, but my partner, sometimes get a bit embarrassed, but since I refuse using styrofoam, or we use my container or we leave the food. that simple. LOL

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5/14/08 8:59 A

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That really sounds good. We don`t own a house yet so we have not had to think about this sort of thing, but I have been reading that one of the proposed measures to counter global warming is to paint houses white, to reflect the heat. If that also helps your electricity bill, then it is certainly good!

Thanks for the info, I will be doing more research on this!

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Love the idea. I don't know how California restaurants will react, but I will give bringing my own containers a try.
By the way, paint has been on my mind as we need to protect our most expensive investment (our house) from sun, rain, heat, and blah, blah .

We have always painted the wood trim on it every 7 years, but our house is stucco and it has started to show some cracks in the stucco and wear after 26 years despite our efforts to keep it up. I called several companies and we discussed doing it ourselves again, but at 70 and 62, neither of us belongs up on a ladder as tall as we would need to paint the trim up by the roof of our two storey home.

A young man came out yesterday from a licensed, bonded and insured company which is a member of the Better Business Bureau and convinced us to do something else. (I got such a kick out of him as all I really wanted was a little information, but this fellow insisted on our getting an education and I am very glad that he did so.)
We are going to have our home Tex-coated instead of painted. We will get a transferable guarentee from the Tex-coat manufacturer when the job is completed. It will be the last time we have to treat the exterior of our home and it will look great. Another home in our neighborhood had this done some years ago and we have seen and like the look. This will eliminate a great deal of future emissions being put into the atmosphere, and will save us money in the long run.
Another thing is that this product contains mica and so the coating which is about 10 times thicker than paint reflects about 40% of the heat that hits our house. (Air conditioning is our biggest user of electricity) We have solar panels producing electricity in our back yard, but if we run the air conditioner, the meter from SDG&E starts spinning their way in a big way.

Just wanted to share since I view it as an eco-friendly investment worth considering if one is a homeowner.

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5/14/08 4:31 A

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Those are some great alternatives. Thanks!

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5/13/08 10:37 P

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Hi Mel!

I do not like the containers either. I bought a plastic container with divisions inside. Although not very bulky, it fits a reasonable amount of food. When i go out, I take it with me. Here where I live, they only recycle plastic types 1 and 2 so the styrofoam thing is not an option.

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5/13/08 9:15 P

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yes Erin, that is a great idea. here in Australia, not many restaurants use the styrofoam containers now. Most use a clear plastic type with a lid which are not always recyclable here BUT are definitely reusable for all types of things.

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5/13/08 8:56 P

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That's a great idea! Thanks!


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I'm collecting plastic containers that I can't recycle (5s and 6s, like cottage cheese containers). I plan to keep them in my trunk and use them instead of the restaurants take-out container.

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I actually thought about doing that as well...but I wasn't sure how it would go over. I honestly didn't know that it was even recyclable until I saw the symbol on the bottom of a container.


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I hate them too. My town won't take styrofoam at all so I can't recycle them. I do have an idea of taking my own container when we go out to eat and see if the server will put my leftovers in it. Maybe try that.

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OK...so I've gotten better about NOT cleaning my plate when we go out to eat, and I like to take the leftovers home.

BUT...that generates evil styrofoam boxes in my fridge.

They have the recycle symbol on the bottom...but I have no idea what to do with them!


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