Sometimes I feel like a pack mule. Or, a contestant on Let's Make a Deal. My purse contains obscure things like reusable shopping bags, stainless steel drinking vessels, glass straws, cloth napkins, bamboo cutlery, some type of apparatus for taking home leftovers, and of course a camera. Do I literally need to take everything but the kitchen sink when going out, just to avoid mountains of trash when coming back? I am happy to report no. Not always. There is one place you can go and leave most of your reusables at home. Panera Bread.
I know, I was surprised too. A girlfriend and I met there for lunch a few weeks ago. I came less than prepared as I only had my straw and to-go ware with me. Standing in line waiting to order, I silently scolded myself for not bringing all the proper equipment. I started tallying the waste I would generate while waiting for my pager to light up, but when I got to the counter to pick up my order I was greeted by this:
All reusables! I still skipped the lid on my drink and used my glass straw to eliminate two pieces of waste, so my only trash generated was the cup for my drink and that toothpick with the ridiculous frilly plastic on top. Whew!
It is nice to know there is somewhere I can go while out and about without the entire contents of my kitchen.
Now, who has a Diva Cup, safety razor, or people towel in their purse?